Humanising the Future


The 50th Academy Symposium will be held 14-15 November 2019 at The Edge, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane. Annual Fellows’ events will occur 15-16 November 2019 in Brisbane.

The theme for the Symposium is ‘Humanising the Future’.

Powerful versions of millennial futures have excited, reassured and terrified populations for centuries. Today’s grand narrative of the age of robots, artificial intelligence and the fourth industrial revolution is framed both in terms of existential threat and revolutionary transformation.

The Academy’s 50th annual Symposium will explore the human dynamics by which the future has been imagined and brought into being; ask whether we can humanise the digital future; build cities’ civic culture into the future; and consider prospects for the human, and the post-human, in our current epoch, the Anthropocene.

Program convenors

The 50th Symposium is being convened by Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham AM FAcSS FAHA (Queensland University of Technology), Professor Jean Burgess (Queensland University of Technology’s Digital Media Research Centre), Professor Mark Finnane FASSA FAHA (Griffith University) and Associate Professor Elizabeth Stephens (University of Queensland).

Our sponsors

We are grateful for the significant support from the following:

Co-Principal Sponsors

  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Queensland

Associate Sponsor

  • CQUniversity

Destination Sponsor

  • Brisbane Marketing