Australian Academy of the Humanities’ 49th Symposium on ‘Clash of Civilisations? Where are we now?’ and annual Fellows’ events

Australian Academy of the Humanities' 49th Symposium on 'Clash of Civilisations? Where are we now?' and annual Fellows' events

 Registration is closed for this event
The Academy's 49th Symposium is a 2-day program, including free public lectures, and annual Fellows' events.


Symposium: 15 to 16 November, 2018

Fellows' events: 16 to 17 November, 2018

Location: State Library of NSW, Sydney

Convenors and Principal Sponsor: Professor Bronwen Neil FAHA and Professor Catriona Mackenzie FAHA, Macquarie University. 

Overview:  The theme for the Academy's 49th Symposium is Clash of Civilisations? Where are we now?

Twenty-five years ago, American political scientist Samuel P. Huntington posited the question ‘The Clash of Civilisations?’ suggesting religious and cultural identity would be the primary source of conflict in the post-Cold War era (Foreign Affairs, 1993). He predicted that, as the West began to develop a better understanding of the cultural fundamentals underlying other civilisations, Western civilization and its values would cease to be regarded as ‘universal’. This has certainly proved to be the case.

The Symposium will reassess Huntington’s question, in light of recent global developments and historical inquiries, and consider how the concept of ‘the clash of civilisations’ has been used as an enduring rhetorical device for explaining divisions between groups and across time and place. It will explore modern and ancient cross-cultural encounters and their contemporary implications in the spheres of history, politics, and religion, as well as their cultural expressions in literature, film, and the arts.

Registration: This event is open to all, and will bring together a large cross-section of Academy Fellows, scholars, early career researchers and members of the broader community, especially those working in education, policy, and community development. 

Registions must close 5pm Monday 12 November 2018. See details on our website. 

November 15th, 2018 9:00 AM   through   November 17th, 2018 5:00 PM
Sydney, NSW
Event Fee(s)
State Library of NSW
Standard: - $360 (incl GST)
Concession - $230 (incl GST)
Student - $120 (incl GST)
Day Pass: Thursday 15 November only - $210 (incl GST)
Day Pass: Friday 16 November only - $170 (incl GST)
State Library of NSW
The 49th Academy Lecture by Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA:
            Thursday 15 November - 4:00pm
The 8th Hancock Lecture by Dr Raihan Ismail:
            Friday 16 November - 2:00pm
FELLOWS ONLY - Section Meetings
State Library of NSW
Archaeology: Saturday 17 November - 11:00am
Asian Studies: Saturday 17 November - 9:00am
Classical Studies: Friday 16 November - 3:30pm
Cultural and Communication Studies: Saturday 17 November - 11:00am
English: Saturday 17 November - 9:00am
European Languages and Cultures: Saturday 17 November - 11:00am
History: Friday 16 November - 3:30pm
Linguistics: Friday 16 November - 3:30pm
Philosophy and History of Ideas: Saturday 17 November - 11:00am
Religion: Saturday 17 November - 9:00am
The Arts: Saturday 17 November - 9:00am
FELLOWS ONLY - Annual Dinner
The Tea Room QVB
Fellows Dinner ticket - $120 (incl GST)
Guest Dinner ticket - $120 (incl GST)
I will be signing the Charter Book
FELLOWS ONLY - Annual General Meeting
State Library of NSW
I will be attending the AGM
Bus transfer from AGM to airport - departing directly after the meeting
Apology - I am unable to attend the AGM