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.

The 49th Academy Lecture, November 2018

The 49th Academy Lecture — Turning the Level of Civilisation Up: The twenty-first century challenge — was presented by Honorary Fellow Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA, Professor of Media and Culture at Griffith University’s Centre for Social and Cultural Research,  Publisher and Founding Editor of Griffith Review. It was held in conjunction with the Academy’s 49th Symposium Clash of Civilizations? Where are we now? on Thursday 15 November 2018 at the State Library of NSW.

An excerpt of the lecture has been published in The Conversation and the full audio recording is available. An edited version will feature in Humanities Australia in 2019.

Previous Academy Lectures now available

The 48th Academy Lecture was  presented by award-winning novelist and Honorary Academy Fellow Professor Kim Scott FAHA on Not just warriors and victims on Thursday 16 November 2017, Fremantle. The full audio recording of the Lecture is now available online and an edited version is now available.

The 47th Academy Lecture was given by the Academy President at the time Professor John Fitzgerald FAHA on Academic Freedom and the Contemporary University Lessons from China on 15 November 2016, Melbourne. An edited version of the Lecture is available