What now for Australia’s cultural future?

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Marking the end of a tumultuous year for our creative and cultural sector, the 51st Australian Academy of the Humanities Symposium ‘At the Crossroad? Australia’s Cultural Future’ explores the impacts of COVID-19 and other disruptions to our cultural life and considers how innovative cultural policy settings and creative practice could together underpin a path to recovery for the sector, for …

Announcing the 2020 Humanities Travelling Fellowship and Ernst and Rosemarie Keller Fund recipients

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We are delighted to announce the recipients of this year’s Humanities Travelling Fellowships and Ernst and Rosemarie Keller Fund. These two grants form part of the Academy’s suite of annual grants and awards. Our Humanities Travelling Fellowships (HTF) enable early career researchers to undertake research overseas, including accessing archives and other research materials and connecting with international researchers and networks. …

The Max Crawford Medal

2020 Crawford Medal winner shapes our understanding of Australia’s historic past and present

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Award winning Australian writer and historian, Dr Billy Griffiths – whose latest book Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia (2018) has been described as ‘the freshest, most important book about our past in years’ – is the recipient of the Australian Academy of the Humanities’ 2020 Max Crawford Medal. The Medal is Australia’s most prestigious award for outstanding achievement and …

Why we need humanities graduates in our workforce

AAH News Academy, Policy & Research

By Academy President, Professor Joy Damousi. First published in The Age, 21 June 2020. Education’s distinct purpose is to be forward-thinking, but the government’s sweeping changes to university fee structures are short-sighted. Under the changes, students studying humanities, arts and social science (HASS) subjects will face huge fee increases to help fund decreases in costs for students enrolled in other subjects deemed …

Australian Academy of the Humanities Media Release

Humanities hit hardest when needed more than ever

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities today expressed deep concern about the Government’s changes to university fee structures, which disproportionally affect the humanities and call into question the very role of the 21st century university. “This is potentially the greatest hit to Australia’s humanities sector in a century”, said Professor Joy Damousi, President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. …

Academy offers support for national recognition of First Nations People

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As Australia marks the 20th anniversary of our national reconciliation walks of 2000, the Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH) acknowledges the role and contribution of Indigenous researchers and knowledge custodians in telling and sharing our national story. “Australia’s humanities researchers have played a central role in recognising Indigenous culture, history, knowledge and practice as foundational to this story’, said …

Applications open for ABC’s Top 5 Media Residencies program

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities is proud to support ABC’s search for Australia’s next generation of research talent with applications now open for the 2020 ABC Top 5 Media Residencies program. Now in its third year, the program offers outstanding early career humanities, arts and social science researchers a two-week residency at the ABC’s Radio National. During the residency, …

Australian Academy of the Humanities Media Release

Welcoming strategic investment for humanities research

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities today welcomed the establishment of a new Australian Research Council (ARC) Special Research Initiative (SRI) for research into Australian culture, history, and society announced yesterday by the Minister for Education, the Hon. Dan Tehan MP. The focus of the scheme will be for research into “the way in which we live today and how …

Australian Academy of the Humanities Media Release

A new decade provides an opportunity to rebuild trust in our core national institutions

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As we start a new decade, Australians have the opportunity to consider what makes our nation special, while at the same time, reflecting on where, and why, we might be losing our way. The tragedy of this summer’s bushfires, and the incredible collective response by volunteer firefighters, donors, neighbours and communities, has shone a light on some of our nation’s …

Being Humane: A Contested History

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On the 14 November in Brisbane, the President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities threw down a challenge to governments, decision-makers and the Australian community, calling for an end to what she described as a re-run of the White Australia Policy. In her 50th Academy Lecture address – Being Humane: A Contested History – Professor Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA, …