A New Australian Civilisational Compact

Roundtable discussion of the key features of an inclusive citizenship, for a multicultural society and a reimagined polity negotiated with First Nations concepts and rights.

Event details

When: 3.15-4.15pm (AEDT), Friday 18th November 2022
Where: Ballarat Goods Shed
Further Speakers to be confirmed



Professor Duncan Ivison

Duncan Ivison is Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Sydney. He was Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) from 2015-22, and prior to that, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Head of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry. He was Chair of the Go8 DVCRs Committee, the NSW DVCR Committee, a member of the ARC Council, and board member of UniSeed, the US Studies Centre, the James Martin Institute for Public Policy, among others. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy in 2009 and has served on the Council since 2019.

Twitter: @Duncanivison 

Professor Joy Damousi

Professor Joy Damousi AM FASSA FAHA is one of Australia’s most distinguished historians and humanities thought leaders. She is the Immediate Past President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and a Fellow of both the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. She has served as the President of the Australian Historical Association, Chair of the Australian Research Council’s humanities and creative arts panels for Excellence in Research for Australia and on the College of Experts. She is currently the Director of the Australian Catholic University’s Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, and has held leadership positions as Professor in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Head of School, Associate Dean (Research) and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University of Melbourne.

Further speakers to be confirmed

About the Symposium

Questions of citizenship and belonging have long featured in Australian public life. From the rights and citizenship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through to exclusionary immigration policies, from internment of ‘enemy aliens’ to citizenship controversies of the Australian parliament, from demands of loyalty from diaspora groups to cancelling the citizenship of terrorists, their widows and orphans.

Citizenship is both an externally protective and projective mechanism, and a marker of ‘who belongs’. Around the world, notions of citizenship are often divided between so called ‘civic’ and ‘ethnic’ principles. Australia’s own experience shows that forms of national belonging are more complex than this binary suggests.

The 53rd Annual Symposium will explore themes of loyalty and nationality, internationalism, mobility and how these interact with questions of participation, affiliation and the politics of ‘nativism’. Moving beyond legalistic approaches, it will imagine a new and unique Australian civilisational compact – a substantive kind of citizenship for a multicultural society with deep trans-national and diaspora connections and a reimagined polity negotiated with First Nations concepts and rights.

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.