The Academy’s 50th Symposium ‘Humanising the Future’ and Annual Fellowship Events

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Join us in Brisbane for the flagship events of the Academy's 50th anniversary celebrations.

Symposium dates: 13-15 November, 2019

Academy Fellow events: 15-16 November, 2019

Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Overview: The 50th Academy Symposium will be held 13-15 November 2019 in Brisbane. Annual Fellows’ events will occur 15-16 November 2019 in Brisbane.

The theme for the Symposium is ‘Humanising the Future’.

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 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).

Registration: Visit the Symposium website

November 13th, 2019 5:00 PM   through   November 16th, 2019 5:00 PM
Brisbane, QLD
Event Fee(s)
Thursday 14 to
Friday 15 November
Standard: 2-day program $ 200.00
Standard: Day pass, Thursday only $ 100.00
Standard: Day pass, Friday only $ 100.00
Student: 2-day program $ 60.00
Student: Day pass, Thursday only $ 30.00
Student: Day pass, Friday only $ 30.00
9th Hancock Lecture - Maaya Waabiny: Mobilising song archives to nourish an endangered language
by Associate Professor Clint Bracknell
50thAcademy Lecture - Being Humane: A contested history
by Academy President, Professor Joy Damousi
The Humanities in Australia: Past, Present and Future
South Bank Brisbane
Archaeology Section:
10:40am Saturday 16 November
Asian Studies Section:
8:30am Saturday 16 November
Classical Studies Section:
3:30pm Friday 15 November
Cultural & Communication Studies Section:
10:40am Saturday 16 November
English Section:
8:30am Saturday 16 November
European Languages & Cultures Section:
10:40am Saturday 16 November
History Section:
3:30pm Friday 15 November
Linguistics Section:
3:30pm Friday 15 November
Philosophy & History of Ideas Section:
10:40am Saturday 16 November
Religion Section:
8:30am Saturday 16 November
The Arts Section:
8:30am Saturday 16 November
Friday 15 November
Fellows' Dinner Ticket $ 120.00
Guest Dinner Ticket $ 120.00
I will be signing the Charter Book
16 November
I will be attending the AGM
Apology - I am unable to attend the AGM

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