The Sir Keith Hancock Lecture honours its namesake, Emeritus Professor Sir (William) Keith Hancock KBE FAHA. Sir Hancock (1898—1988) was a Foundation Fellow and the first President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Sharing the research of young academics with a broader audience

This lecture series invites ‘young Australian scholars of excellence’ to talk about their work in a form accessible to a general audience. Many of the researchers who delivered past Hancock Lectures have gone on to become Fellows of our Academy. The lecture series is made possible through a bequest from the estate of Sir Hancock and is usually delivered every year.

The first Sir Keith Hancock Lecture was given by (then) Associate Professor Christine Alexander in 1993. Read the full text of the inaugural Sir Keith Hancock Lecture, titled Charlotte Brontë’s paintings: Victorian women and the visual arts.

Hancock was an historian with a wide range of creative achievements. His last two seminar papers, delivered not long before his death, were on Leonardo da Vinci and The Salination of the Murray RiverAustralian Academy of the Humanities, 1993

The 9th Hancock Lecture, November 2019 

The 9th Hancock Lecture — Maaya Waabiny: Mobilising song archives to nourish an endangered language — was given by Wirlomin Noongar researcher Associate Professor Clint Bracknell from the Kurongkurl Katitjin Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research and WAAPA, Edith Cowan University. It was the curtain-raiser event for the Academy’s 50th Symposium Humanising the Future, held on Wednesday 13 November 2019 at the Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane.

An edited version will feature in Humanities Australia in 2020.

The 8th Hancock Lecture, November 2018

The 8th Hancock Lecture —Hybrid civilisations or Clash of civilisations?: Re-visiting the Muslim Other —was given by early career Arab and Islamic Studies scholar, Dr Raihan Ismail from the Australian National University. It was held in conjunction with the Academy’s 49th Symposium Clash of Civilizations? Where are we now? on Friday 16 November 2018 at the State Library of NSW, Sydney. An edited version will feature in Humanities Australia in 2019.

Dr Ismail is also the joint recipient of the Australian Academy of the Humanities’ 2018 Max Crawford Medal, Australia’s most prestigious award for early-career researchers in the humanities.