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The Australian Academy of the Humanities today warned that the capacity of Australian researchers to contribute to national innovation is at risk through a funding crisis threatening critical research infrastructure. Read more >>

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities is hosting a policy discussion on Research Assessment and the Humanities with Professor Malcolm  Gillies AM FAHA from 3-5pm on Wednesday 26 August 2015 at the Humanities Research Centre, ANU. All welcome - RSVP via email by 21 August to enquiries@humanities.org.au

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Professor Graeme Turner FAHAThe Academy is delighted to announce the launch of the 'Mapping the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in Australia' report at the National Press Club of Australia on Tuesday 28 October 2014. Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb AC, will officially launch the report and introduce Professor Graeme Turner FAHA, who will give the Press Club address and present the report’s main findings. >>

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A symposium on ‘The Effects of the Dawkins Revolution on Higher Education in Australia’ will be held on Friday 11 November 2016 at the University of Melbourne. It brings together senior current and former academics, politicians, and public servants to reflect on the history of the Unified National System of higher education in Australia and its enduring effects. These reforms were a watershed for the funding, direction, and organisation of universities, transforming the entire sector. Registration is free; RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-effects-of-the-dawkins-revolution-on-higher-education-in-australia-tickets-28176368276

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities rejected claims in the media today challenging the integrity of the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the funding of research projects. Read more

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities today welcomed the Government’s renewed focus on innovation, science and research. “There is a real opportunity here for Australia to re-imagine the possibilities for innovation and research and truly disrupt old-style notions of technology transfer”, said Academy President, Professor John Fitzgerald. Read more >>

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities today welcomed the release of the ERA 2015 report, which demonstrates outstanding results for research in the humanities. Read more >>

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities welcomes the announcement of Dr Alan Finkel AO FTSE as Australia’s new Chief Scientist.

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The Australian Council of Learned Academies project Business Diasporas in Australia: maximising people to people links with Asia is running a survey of Chinese and Indian business diasporas in Australia to understand more about the nature and extent of the community’s influence and impact on international trade and business. Access the online survey here in English or 中文

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities today welcomed the release of Universities Australia’s Keep it Clever policy statement.

“Universities Australia is to be commended for articulating a comprehensive vision for the nation’s universities”, said the Academy’s President, Professor John Fitzgerald. >>

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The Faculty of Humanities at Curtin University is providing support for applicants from humanities-related disciplines for its current round of Research Fellowships. Applications close on Friday 10 July 2015. Further information >>

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The Australian Academy of Humanities today expressed support for the Government’s focus on improving connections between scientists, researchers and industry, but warned that the omission of humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) expertise on the nation’s preeminent research advisory body risked narrowing the scope of its advice.

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Australia cannot pursue technical solutions in isolation from the social and cultural perspectives needed to bring products and new kinds of knowledge to markets and publics. If the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines contribute numeracy and technological proficiency, it is the humanities disciplines – together with arts and social sciences (HASS) – that deliver Australia’s literacy skills and knowledge of social systems, governance structures, community habits, beliefs and behaviours. The Academy’s submission to the Senate Inquiry into Australia’s Innovation System is available on the Policy Submissions page of the website.

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The Academy congratulates Dr Bronwen Neil FAHA of the Australian Catholic University on being awarded a 2014 Future Fellowship. Dr Neil’s project examines how dreams and visions were used as tools of religious control and as justification of violence against other religions from Classical Antiquity through early Christianity to early Islam. The Academy also warmly congratulates all of the other humanities researchers awarded Fellowships in the 2014 round. >>

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The ACOLA ‘Asia Literacy’ project, which is being undertaken by all four Learned Academies as part of the Securing Australia’s Future programme, is conducting a survey of academics and researchers of Chinese or Indian origin/descent who are currently living and working in Australia. This survey is designed to increase our understanding of the role that these scholars play in the promotion of people-to-people links with researchers and communities in China and India, as well as elsewhere. To complete the survey visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ChineseAndIndianScholarsInAustralia. Closing date is 10 August 2014.

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The Academy has been awarded funding under the ARC Learned Academies Special Projects (LASP) Scheme to undertake a study entitled ‘The Humanities in the Asia Region: research capacities and opportunities for international collaboration’. The three-year project will examine research capacity, priorities and trends, and policy developments in the humanities in a select number of Asian countries. It will also examine Australia’s capability in Asia subject expertise, and the level and nature of research collaboration between researchers in Australia and Asia. Professor Antonia Finnane FAHA is the lead Chief Investigator on the project.

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The Commonwealth Department of Education's Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) has commissioned a project led by Curtin University investigating the formation of career aspirations among first-year university students, and is asking for them to complete a survey. >>

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Nominations for appointment to the Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts in 2015 close 26 June 2014. Further information and Nomination Forms are available on the ARC College of Experts webpage.

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An initial survey of the 2014-15 Federal Budget shows some key areas which may impact upon the Humanities. To read the summary click here, or download it as a PDF document [166kb].

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The European Commission has launched a call for independent experts for Horizon 2020. Experts are needed to evaluate proposals for EU funding and for other activities such as monitoring, programme evaluation and policy development.

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Applications are invited for The Australian National University's Humanities Research Centre 2015 Visiting Fellowship Programme. The theme is 'Global Languages'. Between 10 and 15 fellowships will be awarded in this round. Applications are due by Monday, 15 April 2014.

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities today welcomed the announcement by the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education, of the Australian Research Council’s major grants.

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The Academy today cautioned that the Coalition’s proposal to redirect Australian Research Council funds away from projects it deems to be “wasteful” compromises the fundamental principle of funding research based on the criteria of excellence. Our media release is available here.

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The Chief Scientist's latest bulletin on science and society recognises the role that research in the humanities and social sciences plays alongside the work of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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The Academy of the Humanities issued a media release welcoming the Australian Labor Party’s Innovation statement and its commitment to support research which benefits the national interest by contributing to innovation and quality of life for Australians, regardless of discipline.

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Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA featured on ABC Radio National’s Breakfast programme this morning, discussing the need for a Ministry of Culture to elevate the role of arts and culture in Australia. The programme is available for download from Radio National’s website.

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia today welcomed the opportunity to undertake a major study examining the health of the humanities and social science disciplines in Australia.

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The Academy is a signatory to a research alliance formed to urge non-partisan political support for all forms of research.

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In April 2012 the Minister announced a $10 million funding boost to Australia’s four Learned Academies (through the Australian Council for Learned Academies – ACOLA) for research advice to government. The Academy will play an important role in contributing to policy formulation by collaborating on multi-disciplinary research projects with the other three Learned Academies, in consultation with the Office of the Chief Scientist, to advise the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC) on long-term challenges facing the nation. More information about the programme is available on the ACOLA website.

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In early 2013, the Academy recently hosted the 'Valuing the Humanities' forum in Canberra, bringing together researchers and policy-makers to discuss best models for evaluating the benefits of research in humanities disciplines. Link to the programme is here. A selection of presentations is now available: Professor Aidan's Byrne's presentation is available here. Professor Stephen Knight's presentation is here.

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Taking Stock: The Humanities in Australian Life since 1968 edited by Ian Donaldson and Mark Finnane, is available as an e-title at University of Western Australia Publishing.  The volume features papers originally presented at the Academy’s Annual Symposium in 2009, reviewing shifts and developments of the humanities in Australia over the past four decades.

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The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, the Hon Senator Chris Evans, announced on 29 November 2012 that the Government will invest up to $240 million in the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) programme. Priority areas for the 16th selection round are social innovation, innovative manufacturing, and sustainable regional communities. Applications close on 13 June 2013.

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The 2012 ERA results demonstrate that the humanities disciplines make an outstanding contribution to the world-class research effort of Australian universities, said Professor Lesley Johnson, President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

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The Academy President, Professor Lesley Johnson AM FAHA, wrote to the Editor of The Australian in response to an article in which Shadow Minister for Finance, Mr Andrew Robb AO MP, criticised some recent ARC-funded research projects.

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities today welcomed the release of the Government’s Australia in the Asian Century White Paper, particularly the strong focus on language and cultural capability."The White Paper clearly recognises that language skills and cultural understanding of Asian nations will underpin Australia’s fullest participation in the region”, said Academy President, Professor Lesley Johnson AM FAHA.

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The European Commission recently launched a large international study on the mobility patterns, career paths and working conditions of researchers. The MORE project is currently conducting a survey of researchers' views, needs and experiences with international mobility, to and from Europe and other places in the world. It targets both EU and non-EU researchers. A link to the survey is here.

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The Australian Academy of Humanities today welcomed the announcement by Senator the Hon Chris Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, of a $10 million investment in the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Learned Academies Special Projects scheme.

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The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) currently has two consultations open: the draft senior secondary Australian Curriculum for English, Mathematics, Science and History is available for public consultation until 20 July 2012; and the draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship is also available for public consultation until 10 August 2012.

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The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities is currently inviting submissions for the development of a new Australian Heritage Strategy. The Strategy aims to "highlight the importance of heritage to all Australians and provide a common direction for the recognition, protection, commemoration and celebration of heritage across Australia over the next decade."

Submissions close Friday 15 June. The discussion paper, and nine essays commissioned as part of the process, are available on the DSEWPC website.

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities today welcomed the focus on Australia’s capacity to engage in the global environment, following the announcement by Opposition Leader, Mr Tony Abbott MP, of Coalition policy to improve the numbers of Australians studying languages other than English (LOTE).

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities today welcomed the Budget announcement last night of the continuation of funding to Australia’s four Learned Academies.

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities today welcomed the Budget announcement last night of the continuation of funding to Australia’s four Learned Academies of $4.4 million per year (indexed). This is a very welcome recognition of the work of the Learned Academies in supporting the national research and innovation system. “The funding to the Academy of the Humanities also affirms the crucial role of the humanities to the national research enterprise”, said Academy President, Professor Lesley Johnson.

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The Academy is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Taking Stock: The Humanities in Australian Life since 1968 edited by Ian Donaldson and Mark Finnane, and published by University of Western Australia Publishing.

Taking Stock forms part of a larger exploration by the Academy – generously supported by the Australian Research Council through a Learned Academies Special Projects grant – of the role the humanities have played in Australian life since 1968. The volume features papers originally presented at the Academy’s Annual Symposium in 2009, reviewing shifts and developments of the humanities in Australia over the past four decades.

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The Academy has warmly welcomed the announcement that the Government will direct $10 million dollars worth of funding over the next three years to support multi-disciplinary research by Australia's four Learned Academies under the auspices of the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA). Under the new arrangement the Academies will work with the Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, and the Prime Minister’s Science Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC) to inform national policy and bring an in-depth interdisciplinary perspective to the complex challenges facing the nation.

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The Academy recently made a submission to the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education's (DIISRTE) consultation paper on the National Research Priorities (NRPs). The Academy welcomed the opportunity to contribute towards the formulation of a fifth NRP to better reflect the priority of the humanities, arts and social sciences disciplines to the national research enterprise; and to ensure the current NRPs remain “relevant as broad statements of the Government’s aspirations for publicly funded research”. The Academy's submission is available here.

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The Academy welcomes the release of the consultation paper by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE), Refreshing the National Research Priorities. The paper proposes the addition of a fifth National Research Priority (NRP) to better reflect the priority of the humanities, arts and social science (HASS) disciplines to the national research enterprise. The paper also proposes to refine the existing NRPs so they remain relevant as broad statements of the Government's aspirations for publicly funded research. Submissions are due 5 March 2011. See website for more details.

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The Academy offers its warmest congratulations to past President Professor Graeme Turner FAHA for his re-appointment to the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC).

Professor Turner is one of world's foremost authorities on cultural studies and media communications. He has extensive experience across research and higher education policy settings and has been a member of PMSEIC since 2008.

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The Academy welcomes the Prime Minister’s reforms to Australia’s peak science advisory body, the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC), which will enable it to provide more timely independent scientific advice to Government on the immediate challenges and opportunities facing the nation. The restructure will also see Australia’s four Learned Academies play a vital role in informing national policy, bringing an in-depth interdisciplinary perspective to long-term issues.

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Tributaries: A Directory of Social and Cultural Research on Urban Water aims to help the water sector gain better access to social and cultural research expertise, and assist researchers to make connections with each other. Compiled by Justine Humphry, Zoë Sofoulis and Vibha Bhattarai Upadhyay, the directory is available for free download from Centre for Cultural Research at the University of Western Sydney.

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Professor Joseph Lo Bianco FAHA talks to Phillip Adams FAHA about the Academy's recent Educating the Nation symposium, the benefits of early bilingualism, and the role of the humanities in a 'borderless' world. A link to the podcast is here.

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The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) has released a new consultation paper, 'Defining Quality for Research Training in Australia'. The paper forms the initial phase of the review of the Research Training Scheme (RTS) foreshadowed in the research workforce strategy. The paper, and details about public briefing sessions across Australia are available on the DIISR website. Submissions are due 28 November 2011.

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Nominations for appointment to the Australian Research Council (ARC) College in 2012 close 28 October 2011. An Information Kit and Nomination Form are available on the ARC College page.

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The Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) is currently conducting a survey to identify best practice models for supporting career development for Australian researchers across all disciplines. Take the survey.

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Professor Marilyn Lake FAHA talks about the shape of Australian history, funding crises in Australian universities, and how a perspective informed by ‘long’ history and comparative cultural knowledge can help us respond to current policy debates.

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The Minister for the Arts, the Hon Simon Crean MP has released a discussion paper on the development of a new National Cultural Policy, calling for public submissions by 21 October 2011.

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics is calling for feedback on future directions for measuring Australia’s progress as part of its MAP 2.0 project. Submissions are due 30 September 2011.

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The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is currently seeking feedback on the nature and scope cross-curriculum priorities in the new Australian Curriculum. Submissions are due 9 September 2011.

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities welcomes the announcement that the Government will discontinue the use of journal rankings as part of its Excellence in Research for Australia initiative. The Academy applauds the Government’s and the Australian Research Council’s receptiveness to public feedback on the ERA process, and particularly the highly contentious issue of journal rankings.

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