Australian Academy of the Humanities Media Release

New project well-timed to enhance Australia’s understanding and future partnership opportunities with China

AAH News Media release, Policy & Research

The Australian Academy of the Humanities hopes to help strengthen ties between Australia and China through a year-long project to map Australia’s research and training capacity in China studies and identify areas for improved knowledge-building and capacity. The Academy’s Executive Director, Dr Christina Parolin, said that while the rise of China had contributed to Australia’s prosperity and diversity economically, socially …

Australia joins global Call to Action to celebrate language diversity and promote a multilingual world

AAH News Media release, Policy & Research

Five of the world’s leading Learned Academies, including the Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH), have joined forces in calling for urgent action to protect and promote language study globally. It’s the first time national peak bodies in the humanities and social sciences have collaborated to issue a public call on behalf of language diversity to meet the growing communications …

Federal inquiry into cultural and creative industries an opportunity to build back better from COVID-19

AAH News Academy, Policy & Research

The Australian Academy of the Humanities believes the current inquiry into Australia’s Cultural and Creative Industries and Institutions comes at a pivotal moment and has the potential to be transformative for one of the nation’s most vital sectors. In its submission to the Inquiry, the Academy says the nation needs a fresh national approach, recognising that our creative and cultural …

Academy submission to the Job-ready Graduates Exposure Draft Legislation

AAH News Policy & Research

The Academy yesterday made a submission to the public consultation on the Job-ready Graduates Exposure Draft Legislation. As reflected in our previous statements on the government’s proposed changes to university fee structures, the Academy does not support the Job-ready Graduates Package in its current form. Under the new model, total funding for humanities subjects in the Society and Culture cluster …

What are the four drivers that have shaped Australia’s policy settings for arts and culture?

AAH News A New Approach, Media release, Policy & Research

A New Approach today released its fourth report, Behind the scenes: Drivers of arts and cultural policy settings in Australia and beyond. As a nation we are facing unprecedented challenges, as we wrestle with the consequences of back-to-back bushfire and pandemic crises as well as Australia’s first recession in 29 years. Arts and culture have a significant role to play …

Mobilising ideas and talent for the creative economy

AAH News Academy, Policy & Research

By Academy Executive Director, Dr Christina Parolin. First published in ArtsHub, 30 June 2020. 2020 has been a record year for challenges: catastrophic bushfires, a brutal global pandemic, the shutdown of our cultural and creative sectors, unemployment shooting up the charts, and a massive fee hike for those wanting to study humanities, arts and social science courses at university. It’s …

Why we need humanities graduates in our workforce

AAH News Academy, Policy & Research

By Academy President, Professor Joy Damousi. First published in The Age, 21 June 2020. Education’s distinct purpose is to be forward-thinking, but the government’s sweeping changes to university fee structures are short-sighted. Under the changes, students studying humanities, arts and social science (HASS) subjects will face huge fee increases to help fund decreases in costs for students enrolled in other subjects deemed …

Australian Academy of the Humanities Media Release

Humanities hit hardest when needed more than ever

AAH News Media release, Policy & Research

The Australian Academy of the Humanities today expressed deep concern about the Government’s changes to university fee structures, which disproportionally affect the humanities and call into question the very role of the 21st century university. “This is potentially the greatest hit to Australia’s humanities sector in a century”, said Professor Joy Damousi, President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. …

Our cultural and creative future at the crossroads

AAH News A New Approach, Academy, Policy & Research

The first quarter of 2020 can best be summed up in one word – ‘unprecedented’. From severe drought, to calamitous bushfires, and now COVID-19, every element of our lives has been touched in some way. The Australian Academy of the Humanities offers its deepest sympathies to those experiencing loss, illness, isolation and financial strain at this extraordinary time. The Academy champions …