Power of the humanities

Explore stories about the social benefits and impact of the Humanities and the remarkable outcomes that can be achieved when humanities researchers collaborate on national and global challenges. Visit our Newsroom to explore stories about our people, community and research.

The history of the human species has taken many twists and turns over millennia, with new discoveries challenging our understanding of migration and evolution. The journey has even included a “hobbit” discovery that shook the science world and triggered intense controversy.

Many Australians who speak limited or no English find themselves at a disadvantage in the legal system due to formal legal language and cultural factors. Linguistic research and training is helping to tackle these issues from the police station to the courtroom, ensuring the full participation and comprehension of everyone – no matter their first language.

What do Banjo Paterson’s original manuscript of Waltzing Matilda, a recording of boxer Lionel Rose and an architect’s model of the Sydney Opera House have in common? They can all be found via Trove – a world-leading, revolutionary search engine created by the National Library of Australia, giving users access to over six billion digitised items.

Lake Mungo is a symbol of Indigenous Australia, representing the timeless and ongoing relationship the nation’s First Peoples have with this island continent. Learn about how the remains of Mungo Man and Mungo Woman have been returned to their descendants, and what processes are now in place to preserve and honour this landscape.

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.