Registrations open for our 50th Symposium

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  • What future is there for the past?
  • How do we ensure that new technologies enhance human flourishing?
  • How do we create more liveable cities through civic cultures?
  • What does the future have in store for the humanities, and what can the humanities offer the future?

These questions and many more will be at the heart of our 50th anniversary Symposium – Humanising the Future – to be held at The Edge, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane from 13-15 November 2019.

This event brings together perspectives from philosophy and ethics, history, classics, languages and linguistics, urban planning, museology, architecture, cultural studies, musicology, and the creative and cultural industries.

Our convening team – Stuart Cunningham AM FAcSS FAHA (QUT), Mark Finnane FASSA FAHA (Griffith), Jean Burgess (QUT) and Elizabeth Stephens (UQ) – have assembled a stellar line-up of speakers including:

Genevieve Bell FTSE – Australian National University (keynote speaker)
Hasan Bakhshi MBE – Nesta UK (by video)
Elise Bohan – Edith Cowan University
Jean Burgess – QUT Digital Media Research Centre
Barbara Creed FAHA – University of Melbourne
Terry Deen – Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art
Marcus Foth – QUT Urban Informatics
Lesley Johnson AM FAHA – University of Technology Sydney
Sarah Kenderdine – École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Tessa Morris-Suzuki FAHA – Australian National University
Neil Levy FAHA – Macquarie University/University of Oxford
Malcolm Middleton OAM – Queensland Government Architect
Sandra Phillips – Library Board of Queensland
Jason Potts – RMIT University Blockchain Innovation Hub
Ellie Rennie – RMIT University Digital Ethnography Research Centre
Lynette Russell AM FRHistS FASSA FAHA – Monash University
Ineke Sluiter FBA – Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands
McKenzie Wark – Eugene Lang College, The New School, New York

Visit our website for the full program.

The Symposium is open to all. We deeply appreciate the support of our co-Principal Symposium Sponsors – Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the University of Queensland – along with our Associate Sponsor, CQUniversity.

Register here.

Order of Events

Wednesday 13 November

Join us for the Symposium curtain-raiser, the 9th Hancock Lecture, which will be presented by Clint Bracknell (Edith Cowan University) at 5pm at the Griffith University Art Museum, South Bank Brisbane. Clint will focus on his interdisciplinary approach to enhance the revitalisation of endangered Noongar language and song in the south coast region of Western Australia.

Thursday 14 November

Day one of the Symposium will commence at 9am at The Edge, State Library of Queensland South Bank. The 50th Academy Lecture will be delivered by President Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA at 4:30pm with a reception to follow.

Friday 15 November

The Symposium will resume at 9am, and will conclude with a reflection on the past, present and future for the humanities in Australia – including a keynote presentation by former Academy president Lesley Johnson AM FAHA, and a panel discussion with the Vice-Chancellors of Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland.

Academy Fellows’ events will take place from Friday 15 to Saturday 16 November. Please see our website for details.

Register here.

About the image

Detail from Jon Cattapan’s ‘The Group Discusses’ (2002). Reproduced with kind permission of the artist.