The Triebel Lecture is generally themed in the area of modern European languages and honours Foundation Fellow Louis A. Triebel FAHA (1890–1985). It is funded through a bequest to the Academy. The lecture is usually presented every three years.

Celebrating achievement in modern European languages

The first Triebel Lecture was given by Professor Keith V. Sinclair in 1986. Read the full text of Professor Sinclair’s inaugural Triebel Lecture, titled Laplace at Hobart Town and Sydney Town in 1831: The humanism of a French naval captain.

During the tenure of his office as Professor of Modern Languages from 1943–56, Louis Augustus Triebel exalted the French presence in Van Diemen’s land above all, and in Australia in general.Keith Sinclair, Triebel Lecture, 1986.

10th Triebel Lecture

The 10th Triebel Lecture was given by Professor Yixu Lu FAHA on ‘Myth-making for the Empire: Germany’s “model colony” in China (1897-1914)’ on 28 November 2017, Adelaide. It was held in conjunction with the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU) 4th National Colloquium on ‘Intersections: Collaboration and the Future for Languages and Cultures’.

An edited version of the Lecture appears in Humanities Australia No. 9