Sir Keith Hancock Lecture

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’ are invited 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 three to four years.

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 de Vinci and The Salination of the Murray RiverAustralian Academy of the Humanities, 1993

Eligibility & nominations

Nominations for the lecture will be sought from the Fellowship. It is open to Australian early-career humanities-based researchers. Details of key selection criteria are released when the application process opens.