New funding for humanities futures

AAH News Media release, Policy & Research

The Australian Academy of the Humanities is delighted to have been awarded funding by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Learned Academies Special Projects (LASP) 2017 scheme for the Future Humanities Workforce project.

The project will focus on early career development, gender equity, and will identify the skills and knowledge priorities for future research environments in the humanities, including digital literacy.

Funding for the project will position the humanities sector to respond to global opportunities and challenges, and the changing research and training needs of the nation in the future.

“The future knowledge and skills requirements of the humanities academic workforce in many ways reflects the future of work more broadly”, said Professor John Fitzgerald FAHA, President of the Academy, “including the opportunities and challenges of ‘digital disruption’, and changes to higher education with shifts in student choice and expectations, increasing internationalisation, and changing reward and recognition systems”.

The ARC’s LASP scheme invests in the future of the Australian research enterprise by providing vital funds to the Learned Academies to support strategic disciplinary initiatives.

The skills and knowledge delivered through training and research in the humanities are central to the cultural life of the nation, to Australia’s ability to engage globally, and are major contributors to the innovation system.

Led by ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA, the project team includes Professor Jane Lydon FSA FAHA and Professor Graham Oppy FAHA and the Academy’s Policy & Research Director, Dr Kylie Brass.

For further information, please contact Dr Kylie Brass.