Annual Academy Lecture


Every year the Academy invites a Fellow to deliver the annual Academy Lecture, with the expectation that each new Academy President will deliver one during their term of office.

The long list of lectures that have been presented is in itself a potted history of the Fellowship, and richly displays the breadth and depth of their scholarship.

The first Academy Lecture (then simply called the ‘Annual Lecture’) was delivered by Emeritus Professor A. D. Hope on 19 May 1970, in the National Library theatre. It was entitled The literary influence of Academies.

The literary influence of an academy can only be effective if its members are prepared to be daring, controversial, enterprising and imaginative, to take up large and important issues, to pronounce on them clearly and firmly, and to advance the light by showing themselves.A. D. Hope, Annual Academy Lecture, 1970

Read the full text of A. D. Hope’s inaugural Academy Lecture.

47th Academy Lecture

The 47th Academy Lecture was given by our current President, Professor John Fitzgerald FAHA on Academic Freedom and the Contemporary University — Lessons from China. It was held in Melbourne on 15 November 2016 as part of the 47th Annual Symposium of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Asia Australia: Transnational Connections.

An edited version of the Lecture is available and will feature in the forthcoming Academy publication, Humanities Australia No. 8.