The 50th Academy Symposium and free public events will be held 13-15 November 2019 in venues around South Bank Brisbane.
Wednesday 13 November 2019
The 9th Hancock Lecture
5:00pm Griffith University Art Museum, South Bank Brisbane
The Australian Academy of the Humanities’ Hancock Lecture series invites young Australian scholars of excellence to talk about their work with a broader audience. The lecture series is made possible through a bequest from the estate of Sir (William) Keith Hancock KBE FAHA.
This is a free public event, open to all, commencing 5pm Wednesday 13 November at the Griffith University Art Museum lecture theater, South Bank Brisbane followed by a reception at 6pm.
The 9th Hancock Lecture — Maaya Waabiny: Mobilising song archives to nourish an endangered language — will be given by Wirlomin Noongar researcher Associate Professor Clint Bracknell from the Kurongkurl Katitjin Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research and WAAPA, Edith Cowan University on his interdisciplinary approach to enhance the revitalisation of endangered Noongar language and song in the south coast region of Western Australia.
Thursday 14 November 2019
- Welcome to Country.
- Opening remarks from the Convenors and the Academy.
FUTURES: THE RE-FORMATION OF KNOWLEDGE
Future technological, social, cultural, and economic challenges facing humanity and the world call for concerted efforts to bring hyper-specialised knowledge formations back into a greater degree of what Edward O. Wilson (1998) explores as ‘consilience’.
Key note presentation by Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell FTSE — Autonomy, Agency & Assurance Innovation Institute and Florence Violet McKenzie Chair, Engineering & Computer Science, Australian National University.
DOES THE PAST HAVE A FUTURE?
Histories fundamental to European understandings of the world, including the West’s roots in the classical age, and the impact of the Enlightenment and the scientific revolution on religion are now much contested. At the same time European responsibilities for indigenous and global harms have been brought to historical account. Narrative modes, the linear sense of time and the scale of an intelligible past are being recast. This session will focus on some of the ways in which these developments are expressed in contemporary research and ask what kinds of past may inform our future.
Professor Emerita Tessa Morris-Suzuki FAHA — Australian National University Professor Emerita of Japanese History.
Professor Lynette Russell AM FRHistS FASSA FAHA — Director, Monash Indigenous Studies Centre and Deputy Director Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Biodiversity and Heritage.
Professor Ineke Sluiter FBA —Vice-President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Greek language and literature at Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands.
CIVIC CULTURAL FUTURES
Rapid urbanisation is one of the great megatrends driving humanity into the future. Discussion and debate on urban futures is often dominated by the notion of ‘smart cities’ which focuses on technological approaches to urban development, and stresses connectivity and efficiency. But cities’ liveability must be secured as much through the robust articulation of civic cultural futures. This session engages south-east Queensland stakeholders, especially galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM) institutions, to consider the role of community and cultural sectors in responding to the challenge of smart and cultural futures.
Terry Deen —Head of Learning, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art
Professor Sarah Kenderdine —Experimental Museology, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
Professor Marcus Foth FACS — Queensland University of Technology Professor of Urban Informatics
Malcolm Middleton OAM — Queensland Government Architect
Associate Professor Sandra Phillips —Library Board of Queensland
The 50th Academy Lecture
4:30pm The Edge, State Library of Queensland
Every year the Australian Academy of the Humanities invites a Fellow to deliver the annual Academy Lecture. Since 1970, this tradition has demonstrated the extraordinary breadth and depth of our Fellows’ contribution to the Australian and international humanities community, and to enriching the cultural life of the nation.
This is a free public event, open to all, commencing 4:30pm Thursday 14 November at The Edge, State Library of Queensland, followed by a reception at 5:30pm.
The 50th Academy Lecture — Being Humane: A contested history — will be given by Academy President Professor Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA .
Friday 15 November 2019
HUMANISING THE DIGITAL FUTURE
New technologies have always been accompanied by both enthusiastic solutionism and dystopian anxieties, including around the shape of future work. So-called ‘Industry 4.0’ (automation, machine learning, big data, the Internet of things, cloud and cognitive computing) would seem to have marginalised the knowledge and skills that humanities, arts and social sciences cultivate. However, high impact research has challenged automation as a primary driver of workforce change and shows that critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative/ cognitive skills that effectively knit specialist knowledges together are increasingly important in job profiles. Furthermore, the humanities have much to contribute to ensuring that the potential of new technologies to enhance human flourishing is as important as uncovering and exposing their potential to deepen surveillance, discrimination and control over humanity and society.
Hasan Bakhshi MBE [by video] — Executive Director, Creative Economy & Data Analytics, Nesta UK
Professor Jean Burgess — Director, Queensland University of Technology’s Digital Media Research Centre
Professor Jason Potts — Director, RMIT University’s Blockchain Innovation Hub
Associate Professor Ellie Rennie — Principal Research Fellow, RMIT University’s Digital Ethnography Research Centre
HUMANS AND THE POST-HUMAN
There has been much work in the humanities on cyborg and other ‘post-human’ identities, on ‘deep green’ and other approaches to the nature of human relationships with other sentient beings and the environment, and on the implications for the future of an era now putatively called the Anthropocene.
Dr Elise Bohan — Historian of Transhumanism and Research Associate at Edith Cowan University
Professor Barbara Creed FAHA —Honorary Professorial Fellow, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne and Chair, Human Rights and Animal Ethics Research Network
Professor Neil Levy FAHA — Professor of Philosophy, Macquarie University and the University of Oxford’s Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
Professor McKenzie Wark — Professor of Culture and Media, Eugene Lang College, The New School, New York USA
THE HUMANITIES IN AUSTRALIA: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
This is a free public event on the past, present and future for the humanities in Australia – aligning with the overall theme for the Academy’s 50th anniversary. The session will be the national launch of a special anniversary publication with a panel discussion on future directions for the humanities by leading scholars and institutions.
Keynote by Professor Emeritus Lesley Johnson AM FAHA on ‘The Humanities Cause’, drawing on her ARC Discovery Project The Institutions of the Humanities: A history of Australian humanities.
Followed by a facilitated panel discussion with the Vice-Chancellors from Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland.
Professor Carolyn Evans — Griffith University’s Vice Chancellor and President
Professor Peter Høj AC FNAI FTSE — University of Queensland’s Vice-Chancellor and President
Professor Margaret Sheil AO FRACI FTSE FANZSMS — Queensland University of Technology’s Vice-Chancellor and President.
About the image
Detail from Jon Cattapan’s ‘The Group Discusses’ (2002). Reproduced with kind permission of the artist.