Past symposia


13-15 November, Brisbane

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

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; how we can build smart cultural cities; and consider prospects for the human, and the post-human, in our current epoch, the Anthropocene. This event was open to all and bought together perspectives from philosophy and ethics, history, classics, languages and linguistics, urban planning, museology, architecture, cultural studies, musicology, and the creative and cultural industries.

Download the program and commemorative poster

The event was generously supported by:

  • Principal Sponsor: Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland.
  • Associate Sponsors: CQUniversity.

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