Georgia Nielsen

Between Humans & Machines: old questions, new challenges

Event details When: 9.30-11am, Thursday 16 November 2023 Where: Kaleide RMIT Union Theatre, Melbourne Speakers Malavika Jayaram is the Executive Director of the Digital Asia Hub, an independent, non-profit internet and society research think tank based out of Hong Kong with a regional focus.       Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker is an Aboriginal man of Alyawarr descent […]

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The politically-charged history of habit

The merits and shortcomings of habit’s repetitions have often been assessed via metaphors of pathways. Bruno Latour (1947-2022) praised habit as “the patron saint of laid-out routes, pathways, and trails.” Imagining a lost hiker who, hesitating at every step wondering which way to go, comes across “a trail already used by others,” Latour interpreted this

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Improving media literacy to engage communities: 2023 Max Crawford Medal winner

What do you do when someone points a camera at you? Do you smile or hide? Perhaps you strike a pose or attempt to blend into the background. As a photojournalist with a mission to present the world as accurately and authentically as possible, the tension TJ sensed between people and his camera was too

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Artificial figures: gender-in-the-making in algorithmic culture

Event details This event occurred on Thursday 16 November. A recording of the lecture will be made available soon.  Digital assistants with feminised voices, deceptive female robots, all-male research groups: gender forms a fundamental part of how we imagine the systems, fields, and figures we call ‘artificial intelligence’ (AI). While gender unquestionably shapes and structures

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Genevieve Bell

About Genevieve Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell AO FTSE FAHA is a renowned anthropologist, technologist, and futurist. Genevieve completed her PhD in cultural anthropology at Stanford University in 1998 and is best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technology development. She is currently the Director of the School of Cybernetics and

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Statement on the release of the Universities Accord Interim Report

It was heartening to hear Minister of Education, The Hon Jason Clare MP, talk about his passion for the power of education at his National Press Club address today. And, it is terrific to see the report’s initial set of recommendations are focused on achieving higher equity and participation for regional students, students in outer

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The other cost of Robodebt: distrust in technology, media & Government

The Royal Commission into the Robodebt Scheme was released on Friday 7 July 2023. In the report, Royal Commissioner Catherine Holmes recounts evidence of the lives of welfare recipients ruined, suicides among those adversely affected, dishonesty in the face of questions about the legality of the scheme, and the failure to address growing problems with

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Fellows Signing Ceremony

The Council of the Academy warmly invites Fellows to join them for this official ceremony where elected Fellows have the opportunity to add their signatures to the Academy’s historic Charter Book, alongside those Fellows elected to the Academy since 1969. Fellows will also receive their Certificates of Fellowship. Event details When: 5.45-6.45pm (AEDT), Thursday 16 November

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Academy Dinner - State Library of Victoria at night

Annual Academy Dinner

We warmly invite you to join us for our 54th Annual Academy Dinner, hosted by the Academy Council. Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell AO FTSE FAHA will be giving a short lecture, ‘A story about automation’, at the Annual Academy Dinner. Proceedings also include formal presentations of awards to the recipients of the 2023 Crawford Medal,

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Culture and climate: A dangerous gap in policy and practice

  The new National Cultural Policy Revive: Australia’s Cultural Policy for the next five years is a major advance in the development of the creative arts in Australia. Like its predecessor Creative Australia, it has aspirations to ‘join-up’ cultural policy with wider social and economic policy. Where it doesn’t join up is with the changes

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The race to document endangered languages: Indigenous Fellowship recipient

“Ngaya giyara Tula. Dhanayi dhalang Dharug, Burramadagal diyin ngaya,” introduces Tula in Dharug. “My name is Tula. My ancestral language is Dharug and I’m a Burramadagal woman from the Sydney region.” “Ŋarraya marŋgithirri mathagu,” she continues in Ritharrŋu-Wägilak. “I’m learning [Ritharrŋu and Wägilak] language.” “Growing up I was always learning languages,” Tula explains. “I started

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.