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The Australian Academy of the Humanities sadly acknowledges the passing of Emeritus Professor Richard Davis, a prominent scholar of Tasmanian, New Zealand, Irish and Canadian history. He was elected to the Academy in 1997.

In some world settings disputes about who can claim citizenship, whether merely legal political citizenship or a deeper sense of belonging to the nation, is a direct cause of violence and political conflict. This session discusses several dramatic instances of recent conflict around Disputed Citizenship.

How has English, and languages generally, been used in citizenship determination, refugee status and service delivery. How does a transnational world of mobility and change transform everyone’s sense of attachment and belonging? What are some effects of geopolitical relations, and tensions, between Australia and some Asian societies on domestic communities identifying across national homelands?

How have the many struggles to expand and deepen the meaning of citizenship been experienced and enacted by different groups at different times? How have immigrants interacted with and transformed the sense and meaning of citizenship and belonging? What have been some of the interactions and relationships between immigrant settler diasporas and Indigenous identities of belonging and being in Australia?

How has national belonging and association been represented in film, language and new technologies? What is the image and representation of being Australian and who has been iconically represented, who has been marginalised, and how has the representation of belonging worked to bolster or transgress formal citizenship and participation in the life of the nation?

The pattern of development and expansion of the Australian citizenship compact, its formal legal and political dimensions, criticism, and directions. What have been key informing discourses and patterns in shaping what we ordinarily mean when we discuss citizenship in Australia today?

We are delighted to announce the recipients of this year’s Humanities Travelling Fellowship.

These Fellowships enable early career researchers to undertake research overseas, including accessing archives and other research materials and connecting with international researchers and networks.

Having supported hundreds of scholars over more than five decades, the Publication Subsidy Scheme is one of the Academy’s longest running awards programs.

Our Publication Subsidy Scheme supports quality publication in the humanities, with funding awarded to early career researchers to support costs associated with publication, such as illustrations, maps, and copyright fees.

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.