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Dr David IrvingThe Academy is delighted to announce that Dr David Irving of The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at The University of Melbourne has been awarded the 2015 McCredie Musicological Award, Australia’s most prestigious award for a distinguished contribution to musicology.

The award celebrates the outstanding career of the late Professor Andrew McCredie FAHA, Fellow of the Academy and eminent musicologist, who greatly influenced the teaching of music in Australian universities and schools. The award is funded through the proceeds of a bequest to the Academy by Professor McCredie. Read more >>

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Congratulations to all recipients of the Academy’s 2015 Humanities Travelling Fellowships and Publication Subsidies. This year's funding supports an exciting and broad range of scholarship from Australia’s early career humanities researchers, contributing to our understanding of people, cultures and communities around the world, and here at home.  For a full list of recipients and their projects and publications visit the Grants & Awards page.

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The International Union of Academies (Union Académique Internationale/UAI) at its 88th General Assembly at Brussels (24-28 May 2015) approved the adoption of Varieties of English in the Indo-Pacific Region as a new long term project of the Union. This new project is headed by Professor (Emeritus) Pam Peters FAHA of Macquarie University and by Professor Kate Burridge FAHA of Monash University. It is the first major project to be jointly sponsored by the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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The Centre for Pacific and American Studies at The University of Tokyo invites applications for the position of Visiting Professor in Australian Studies from highly qualified Australians with a significant academic or public achievement in the fields of Australian studies, history, cultural studies, politics, literary studies, international relations and other relevant areas across the humanities and social sciences. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 11 September 2015. For further information visit http://inasa.org/.

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The Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) is accepting applications for the current round of Australian Prime Ministers Centre (APMC) Fellowships, Honorary Fellowships and Summer Scholarships. For further information visit MoAD's website.

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Professor John FitzgeraldProfessor John Fitzgerald FAHA, a leading expert on China, Australia and the geo-politics of the Asia-Pacific region, was elected President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities on 22 November. Professor Fitzgerald’s broad-ranging expertise and interdisciplinary research includes Chinese-Australian community studies, Asia-Pacific philanthropy and the non-profit (NGO) sector, the history and politics of China, East Asian nationalism, and Asian languages. >>

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The Commonwealth Department of Education's Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) has commissioned a project led by Curtin University investigating the formation of career aspirations among first-year university students, and is asking for them to complete a survey. >>

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An initial survey of the 2014-15 Federal Budget shows some key areas which may impact upon the Humanities. To read the summary click here, or download it as a PDF document [166kb].

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Funding opportunities for the humanities under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 work programme have been collated in a document prepared by NET4SOCIETY, the international network of National Contact Points for humanities and social sciences in Europe.

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The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) in the UK recently hosted a series of events under the banner 'Humanities and the Public Good'. The events brought together leading scholars in the humanities and sciences, and influential figures beyond academia, to consider the role of the humanities in addressing contemporary challenges. You can access videos of the opening event here.

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The European Research Council (ERC) has called for proposals under Work Programme 2014. Currently open are applications for Starting, Consolidator and Proof of Concept grants. Researchers from anywhere in the world can apply for ERC grants provided the research they undertake is carried out in an EU Member State. Further information and a step-by-step guide on how to apply for ERC grants can be found on the ERC website.

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The European Commission has announced its first calls for projects under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s €80 billion research and innovation programme. For more information about funding areas and calls for proposals see the Horizon 2020 website.

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia today welcomed the opportunity to undertake a major study examining the health of the humanities and social science disciplines in Australia.

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Professor Sam Lieu FAHA (Macquarie University), the Academy's current delegate to the International Union of Academies (Union Académique Internationale) based in Brussels, has been elected at the 87th General Assembly at Mainz to serve on the Union's Bureau (Council) for a period of four years. The Academy congratulates Professor Lieu on his election.

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In April 2012 the Minister announced a $10 million funding boost to Australia’s four Learned Academies (through the Australian Council for Learned Academies – ACOLA) for research advice to government. The Academy will play an important role in contributing to policy formulation by collaborating on multi-disciplinary research projects with the other three Learned Academies, in consultation with the Office of the Chief Scientist, to advise the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC) on long-term challenges facing the nation. More information about the programme is available on the ACOLA website.

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In early 2013, the Academy recently hosted the 'Valuing the Humanities' forum in Canberra, bringing together researchers and policy-makers to discuss best models for evaluating the benefits of research in humanities disciplines. Link to the programme is here. A selection of presentations is now available: Professor Aidan's Byrne's presentation is available here. Professor Stephen Knight's presentation is here.

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