Power of the humanities

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Many scholars would be familiar with the term “plain language” when faced with a grant application, but does this “well-meaning” intent trivialise our most essential skills? Axel Fliethmann FAHA investigates what he deems an unsettling relationship between politics and language.

Six Fellows were recognised on the 2024 Australia Day Honours List, with two fellows recognised as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and four awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

Since her death in 1815, Sara Baartman’s life continues to be studied. Marguerite Johnson FAHA explores the lasting legacy of Sara Baartman following the translation of her post-mortem report in English, shedding light on how European society’s fixation on her body shaped concepts of race, sex, and gender.

The 2023 Max Crawford Medallist, Dr T.J. Thomson examines how mis/disinformation, bias and outright falsehoods can plague news media and social media alike, leaving many Australians feeling ill-equipped to discern the quality of the information they consume.

In this week’s Five Minute Friday, Brian Nelson FAHA explores the ‘invisible’ art of literary translation and suggests a clearer appreciation can be gained when we consider a literary translation a performance of the author’s work, similar to a performance of music or theatre.

In this week’s Five Minute Friday, Mina Roces FAHA explores the complex relationship between Filipino domestic workers living overseas and their home communities, and how, through shifting expectations, migrants have become significant agents for radical personal, social, and economic change.

In this week’s Five Minute Friday, Graeme Turner AO FAHA critically examines the news-reporting surrounding the 2023 Referendum debate, the degradation of the principle of ‘balance’ of opinion, and the structures that allow political disinformation to be taken at face value.

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.