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

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Australian Academy of the Humanities: Academy News

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

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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 …

Re-encountering the Archive: The Hancock Lecture

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Since 1993, the Academy’s Hancock public lecture series has provided outstanding early career humanities researchers the opportunity to showcase their work to a broader audience. The Hancock Lecture honours its namesake, Emeritus Professor Sir (William) Keith Hancock KBE FAHA (1898—1988). Sir Hancock was a Foundation Fellow and the first President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. In 2019, the …

Humanising the Future – Untangling our social and technical challenges

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By Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham AM FAcSS FAHA (Queensland University of Technology). First published in The Australian, 25 September 2019. Powerful versions of what the future holds have excited, reassured and terrified people for centuries. Driven as much by quackery as informed by genuine insight, they have ranged from end-of-days narratives to predictions of the withering away of the state. Despite …

Where will Australia finish in the ‘AI race’ and what role for the humanities?

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By Professor Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA, President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. First published in the Australian Financial Review, 5 September 2019. In this fast-paced digital world where too often discovery, risk and reward overshadow ethical approaches and outcomes, getting the Artificial Intelligence (AI) balance right is one of the biggest challenges facing us today. And as we begin …

New report presents the big picture on government arts and culture funding

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A new report released today by independent think tank, A New Approach (ANA), shows local governments are seeing the value of arts and culture in their communities, and are responding by stepping up their financial commitment and playing a bigger role in government support for arts and culture. The report, The Big Picture: public expenditure on artistic, cultural and creative …

Perth-based music scholar receives 2019 McCredie Musicological Award

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McCredie Musicological Award

Dr Sarah Collins is the recipient of the Australian Academy of the Humanities’ prestigious 2019 McCredie Musicological Award, recognising outstanding contribution to Musicology by an Australian scholar. Musicology is the scholarly study of music which aims to explore its cultural and/or historical context, its aesthetic features as a form of human expression, the modes of performance associated with it, and …

Leading Indigenous early career researcher receives the inaugural John Mulvaney Fellowship

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Dr Harry Van Issum is the recipient of the Australian Academy of the Humanities’ inaugural John Mulvaney Fellowship. The Fellowship provides funds to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early career humanities researcher to undertake research or fieldwork in Australia or overseas. Dr Van Issum will travel to the United Kingdom to assist in the repatriation of Woppaburra skeletal remains …

Academy welcomes government investment in humanities, arts and social sciences research infrastructure strategy

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Australian Academy of the Humanities Media Release

The Australian Academy of the Humanities welcomes the federal Department of Education’s decision to expedite funding for a major feasibility study into investment and infrastructure needed to advance Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) research. Commencing this year, the Department will lead a scoping study, part of the 2016 Research Infrastructure Roadmap, designed to develop a national ‘coordinated approach to …