Registrations now open

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Registrations are now open for our 48th Annual Symposium to be held in Western Australia, Wednesday 15 to Friday 17 November 2017.

This year’s Symposium theme is Humanitarianism and Human Rights. A distinguished line-up of speakers  will explore how contemporary Australia has been shaped by long intellectual and emotional histories regarding human rights and humanitarianism, and will consider the challenges facing Australia in engaging with wide-ranging human rights matters such as sexuality, disability, Indigenous rights, the environment, refugees, artificial intelligence and religious freedoms.

Speakers include Director of Anti-Slavery Australia, Jennifer Burn and Race Discrimination Commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane. They join Fellows of the Academy and members of the research community from a broad range of disciplines including linguistics, history, cultural studies, classics, law and the creative arts.

The Academy recognises the many thought leaders, researchers, artists, and cultural professionals who are actively promoting human, cultural, and social rights. This year’s Symposium will provide a forum to meet, collaborate and express opinions on issues that are fundamental to the healthy functioning of an open, democratic, thriving civil society.

Professor Susan Broomhall FAHA and Professor Jane Lydon FAHA from The University of Western Australia and Professor Alan Dench FAHA and Professor Baden Offord of Curtin University are convening this year’s Symposium.

The event is open to all, and will bring together a large cross-section of Academy Fellows, scholars, early career researchers, and representatives from government, education, peak bodies, industry, and the community.


Annual Academy Lecture

The Annual Academy Lecture has been a feature of the Academy calendar since 1970, and demonstrates the extraordinary breadth and depth of our Fellows’ contribution to the Australian and international humanities community, and to enriching the cultural life of the nation.

The 48th Annual Academy Lecture will be given by Professor Kim Scott FAHA, novelist, descendant of the Noongar people of Western Australia and Honorary Fellow. This is a free public event held in conjunction with Symposium on Thursday 16 November at the WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle.


Symposium sponsors 

We gratefully acknowledge the support for this year’s Symposium from the co-principal sponsors Curtin University and The University of Western Australia, and associate sponsors Edith Cowan University, the University of Notre Dame Australia and our destination sponsor the Perth Convention Bureau. We also thank the Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions for their generous contributions.


About the image

We are grateful for the permission of award winning photographer Barat Ali Batoor to use his photograph, First Day at Sea, in promoting Symposium. You can learn more about Barat’s story, and the image on our website.


Further information

See our website for full details and to register and join the conversation via @HumanitiesAU and #AAHSymposium