Power of the humanities

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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.

Dishonest politicians and the failure to act on mounting evidence of Robodebt’s inaccuracies has led to a major distrust in technology, media and essential services for our country’s most vulnerable people. Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship recipient Terry Flew FAHA explains how his mediated trust research can help us better understand questions of trust as they relate to news media, digital platforms, corporations, and global institutions.

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.