Celebrating our 50th anniversary

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities celebrates its golden anniversary today, marking 50 years since its creation by Royal Charter from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 25 June 1969. It was three Australian giants of the 20th century – Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies and two of Australia’s most distinguished historians, Sir Keith Hancock and Max Crawford – whose combined efforts gave rise to the Academy’s creation. Our article on the history …

50 years on – A golden moment for the Australian Academy of the Humanities

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Setting the scene 1969, Australia. More than two decades of conservative rule was nearing its end and the nation was undergoing rapid social and cultural change following a lengthy period of post-war migration. Australians were making their mark overseas in arts, culture, media and performance. At home, humanities scholars were conducting ground-breaking research including the discovery of the oldest-known burials …

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Two Fellows receive Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

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The Academy congratulates Professors Geoffrey Blainey AC FASSA FAHA and Sheila Fitzpatrick FAHA upon receiving Prime Minister’s Literary Awards in 2016. Professor Blainey received the Prize for Australian History for The Story of Australia’s People: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia (Penguin/Viking, 2015). Professor Fitzpatrick received the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-fiction for On Stalin’s Team: The Years …