A new decade provides an opportunity to rebuild trust in our core national institutions

AAH News Media release

Australian Academy of the Humanities Media Release

As we start a new decade, Australians have the opportunity to consider what makes our nation special, while at the same time, reflecting on where, and why, we might be losing our way. The tragedy of this summer’s bushfires, and the incredible collective response by volunteer firefighters, donors, neighbours and communities, has shone a light on some of our nation’s …

Cultural workers can roll up sleeves to heal our charred communities

AAH News A New Approach

By Kate Fielding, A New Approach Program Director. First published in The Australian, 20 January 2020. Our nation is still reeling from widespread bushfire attacks on our communities and natural environment. The devastation of life, property, livelihood and cultural heritage already has been monumental, yet we are only halfway through summer. In responding to the fires, we have seen incredible …

Statement about the Australian Bushfire Tragedy

AAH News Academy, Media release

The Australian Academy of the Humanities offers its deepest condolences to all affected by the unprecedented bushfires which have created so much devastation since September last year. While the cost in the loss of properties, businesses, community facilities and wildlife is still being assessed – and is expected to run into many billions of dollars – our hearts go out …

Being Humane: A Contested History

AAH News Academy

On the 14 November in Brisbane, the President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities threw down a challenge to governments, decision-makers and the Australian community, calling for an end to what she described as a re-run of the White Australia Policy. In her 50th Academy Lecture address – Being Humane: A Contested History – Professor Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA, …

2019 Academy Book List

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It is our great pleasure to bring you the second annual Australian Academy of the Humanities Book List. Launched in 2018, this initiative aims to celebrate and promote books published by the Fellowship and our grants and awards alumni within the last 18 months. Previously, the Academy’s flagship journal Humanities Australia has included an ‘Ex Libris’ section with images of …

Humanities Australia No. 10

AAH News Academy, Fellows in the news

We are delighted to launch the 10th edition of Humanities Australia coinciding with the our 50th anniversary year. Our anniversary, like our journal, provides an opportunity for us to celebrate the work of our humanities researchers and to think about the role our disciplines will play in ensuring a humanised future for all. Established in 2010, Humanities Australia is the …

New report reveals impacts of arts and culture on aging, health, learning, jobs and loneliness

AAH News A New Approach, Media release

The evidence is clear: when people engage in cultural or creative activities, they generally have better educational outcomes, are less lonely, are healthier both physically and mentally, and enjoy a happier and healthier life in old age. These are the findings of a new report, Transformative: Impacts of Culture and Creativity, produced by independent think tank A New Approach (ANA), …

Statement on the importance of publishing outlets for Australian stories and voices

AAH News Academy

The Council of the Australian Academy of the Humanities firmly reinforces the critical importance of university presses and publishers to Australian cultural and scholarly life. Australia’s university presses play a vital role in the publication and dissemination of studies of Australian culture and society. These presses tell local stories, be they national, state-based, regional or rural. The protests against the …

Welcoming our newly elected Fellows

AAH News Academy, Media release

We are delighted to announce the election of 25 outstanding researchers and practitioners to the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the highest honour for achievement in the humanities in Australia. “In our 50th anniversary year, I am honoured to welcome the new members of our Fellowship, elected in recognition of their distinguished achievement in the humanities disciplines and their contribution …

Humanising Brisbane to become a smart city of the future

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By Associate Professor Elizabeth Stephens, the University of Queensland’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. Twenty years ago, cities around the world were judged and ranked on their sustainability credentials. A decade ago, the focus was all about liveability. Today, you won’t be rated as a city of the future unless you’re a ‘smart city’. So what is a …