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It is with sadness that the Academy acknowledges the passing of Professor Graham Nerlich, a renowned philosopher with expertise in the areas of the meaning of life and ethics. He was elected to the Academy in 1978.

It is with deep sadness that the Academy acknowledges the passing of Professor Alan Sorley Henry FAHA, one of Australia’s distinguished ancient historians and an outstanding scholar of Ancient Greek philology and epigraphy. He was elected to the Academy in 1993.

It is with deep regret that the Academy acknowledges the passing of Professor Brij Lal AM FAHA, one of Australia’s most outstanding Pacific Island historians and an eminent scholar of the history and culture of the Indian diaspora. He was elected to the Academy in 1996.

In September 2021, heritage managers and researchers joined our President, Professor Lesley Head, in conversation to discuss the latest thinking in dealing with the challenges posed by climate change. Watch the full recording below.

Critics of same-sex unions often cite references to homosexuality in the New Testament to support their standpoints, but what were the people of antiquity really saying – in their world, and in their terms – about sexuality? Researcher William Loader conducted painstaking textual, theological and ethical analysis of every religious text from his chosen period, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Apocrypha, the Septuagint and the writings of Philo of Alexandria and Josephus to find out.

Our Discovering Humanities series is a celebration of more than fifty years of humanities research and discovery. It was born out of the 50th anniversary of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2019 but is not limited to the work of Academy Fellows. Of necessity it covers just a small fraction of the many advances across the humanities made by researchers in Australia since the Academy was first founded.

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.