Our 50th Anniversary


In 2019 we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary. In marking this significant occasion, we will be embarking on a program of events to celebrate the humanities, arts and culture sector and its contribution to national life.

Our anniversary provides a unique opportunity to acknowledge past achievements, reflect on the present, and consider the role that the humanities can play in a humanised future.

Program highlights include:

The 21st Trendall Lecture — 4 February 2019, Armidale NSW

The Academy’s Trendall Lecture series celebrates distinguished scholarship in the classics. Associate Professor  J. Lea Beness and Associate Professor Tom Hillard, both of Macquarie University, will jointly give the  21st Trendall Lecture on At the Crossroads and in the Crosshairs: Class, Ideology and Personality-driven Politics at Rome in the Second Century BC. This free public event will be held in Armidale NSW in conjunction with the Australasian Society for Classical Studies’ conference. See their website for further information and to register.

Australian Humanities Forum — 20 February 2019, Melbourne

Hosted by the Academy, this inaugural Forum will bring together Australia’s peak humanities disciplinary associations and allied organisations to discuss a range of issues and concerns relevant to our researchers and our disciplines. As this is an invitation-only event, please contact us to learn if your disciplinary association is attending the event.

Humanities, Arts and Culture Data Summit — 27-29 March 2019, Canberra

The Academy’s second annual Humanities, Arts and Culture Data Summit and third international DARIAH Beyond Europe workshop will be held at the National Library of Australia in Canberra, 27-29 March. An Australia-Europe knowledge exchange, convened by the Academy with the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) and the European Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities initiative (DARIAH), this event will explore new horizons for data-driven humanities and arts research, digital cultural collections and research infrastructure. See our website for further details. 

Women in the Humanities — 22 July 2019, Perth

A celebration of Australian women in the humanities, and an exploration of the role of gender equity in building a strong and diverse future humanities research workforce.

Workforce Futures — 20 September 2019, Sydney

A resilient Australian future workforce will need a mix of skills, knowledge and attributes to effectively deliver the nation’s innovation agenda and to be globally competitive in an age of rapid technological change and geo-political disruption. Leaders from industry, education and government will discuss the role of the humanities and the arts in shaping a diverse, adaptable and creative future workforce.

Humanising the Future: The 50th Academy Symposium — 14-15 November 2019, Brisbane

Powerful versions of millennial futures have excited, reassured and terrified populations for centuries. Today’s grand narrative of the age of robots, artificial intelligence and the fourth industrial revolution is framed both in terms of existential threat and revolutionary transformation. The Academy’s 50th annual Symposium – Humanising the Future – will explore the human dynamics by which the future has been imagined and brought into being; ask whether we can humanise the digital future; build cities’ civic culture into the future; and consider prospects for the human, and the post-human, in our current epoch, the Anthropocene.

The 50th Symposium is being convened by Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham AM FAcSS FAHA (Queensland University of Technology), Professor Jean Burgess (Queensland University of Technology’s Digital Media Research Centre), Professor Mark Finnane FASSA FAHA (Griffith University) and Associate Professor Elizabeth Stephens (University of Queensland).

Annual Fellows’ events will occur 15-16 November 2019 in Brisbane.

Further information

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