Indigenous Brisbane-based artist awarded for reviving traditional possum skin cloaks

AAH News Media release

An award-winning Australian artist whose recent practice involves the revival of the traditional Indigenous possum skin cloak, is the recipient of the Australian Academy of the Humanities’ 2020 John Mulvaney Fellowship. Dr Carol McGregor is a Brisbane-based artist of Wathaurung (Kulin Nation) and Scottish descent, and is a possum skin cloak maker, painter, printmaker and sculptor. As an artist, she …

Announcing the 2020 Publication Subsidy Scheme recipients

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We are delighted to announce the recipients of this year’s Publication Subsidy Scheme, one of the Academy’s longest running awards programs. Our Publication Subsidy Scheme supports quality publication in the humanities. Subsidies are awarded to early career researchers to support costs associated with publication, such as illustrations, maps, and copyright fees. The projects from this year’s 12 recipients cover a …

Announcing the 2020 Humanities Travelling Fellowship and Ernst and Rosemarie Keller Fund recipients

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We are delighted to announce the recipients of this year’s Humanities Travelling Fellowships and Ernst and Rosemarie Keller Fund. These two grants form part of the Academy’s suite of annual grants and awards. Our Humanities Travelling Fellowships (HTF) enable early career researchers to undertake research overseas, including accessing archives and other research materials and connecting with international researchers and networks. …

Academy submission to the Job-ready Graduates Exposure Draft Legislation

AAH News Policy & Research

The Academy yesterday made a submission to the public consultation on the Job-ready Graduates Exposure Draft Legislation. As reflected in our previous statements on the government’s proposed changes to university fee structures, the Academy does not support the Job-ready Graduates Package in its current form. Under the new model, total funding for humanities subjects in the Society and Culture cluster …

2020 Crawford Medal winner shapes our understanding of Australia’s historic past and present

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The Max Crawford Medal

Award winning Australian writer and historian, Dr Billy Griffiths – whose latest book Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia (2018) has been described as ‘the freshest, most important book about our past in years’ – is the recipient of the Australian Academy of the Humanities’ 2020 Max Crawford Medal. The Medal is Australia’s most prestigious award for outstanding achievement and …

What are the four drivers that have shaped Australia’s policy settings for arts and culture?

AAH News A New Approach, Media release, Policy & Research

A New Approach today released its fourth report, Behind the scenes: Drivers of arts and cultural policy settings in Australia and beyond. As a nation we are facing unprecedented challenges, as we wrestle with the consequences of back-to-back bushfire and pandemic crises as well as Australia’s first recession in 29 years. Arts and culture have a significant role to play …

Mobilising ideas and talent for the creative economy

AAH News Academy, Policy & Research

By Academy Executive Director, Dr Christina Parolin. First published in ArtsHub, 30 June 2020. 2020 has been a record year for challenges: catastrophic bushfires, a brutal global pandemic, the shutdown of our cultural and creative sectors, unemployment shooting up the charts, and a massive fee hike for those wanting to study humanities, arts and social science courses at university. It’s …

Why we need humanities graduates in our workforce

AAH News Academy, Policy & Research

By Academy President, Professor Joy Damousi. First published in The Age, 21 June 2020. Education’s distinct purpose is to be forward-thinking, but the government’s sweeping changes to university fee structures are short-sighted. Under the changes, students studying humanities, arts and social science (HASS) subjects will face huge fee increases to help fund decreases in costs for students enrolled in other subjects deemed …

Government package for Australian arts, culture and entertainment welcomed

AAH News A New Approach, Media release

As Australia charts a path beyond the COVID-19 lockdown, independent arts and culture think tank A New Approach (ANA) has welcomed today’s announcement from the Federal Government of a targeted financial package to get our arts, culture and entertainment industry up and running again. ANA Program Director Kate Fielding said ‘The Federal Government’s $250 million injection throws a lifeline that …

Humanities hit hardest when needed more than ever

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Australian Academy of the Humanities Media Release

The Australian Academy of the Humanities today expressed deep concern about the Government’s changes to university fee structures, which disproportionally affect the humanities and call into question the very role of the 21st century university. “This is potentially the greatest hit to Australia’s humanities sector in a century”, said Professor Joy Damousi, President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. …