General Information

Event details

Convenor: Professor Joseph Lo Bianco AM FAHA
Dates: 17 – 18 November 2022 
Location: Ballarat Goods Shed Art Gallery of Ballarat


Travelling to Ballarat


If coming to the Symposium from interstate, the recommended airport at which to arrive and depart is Melbourne Tullamarine.


Numerous local and V/Line buses run between Melbourne Tullamarine and Ballarat Station, with The Goods Shed located directly adjacent to Ballarat Train and Bus Stations. The average time for the journey is 1.5 hours. Please visit or Ballarat Airport Shuttle for further information. 


Arriving at Ballarat from Melbourne by rail is simple. From Southern Cross Station, the train to Ballarat Station and The Goods Shed precinct takes approximately 1.5 hours. Trains frequently depart throughout the day; approximately every half-hour from 5.15am until midnight.  Please visit V/ for further information. 


Parking is free at The Goods Shed. Accessible from Lydiard Street North and Nolan Street, choose between the 405 space multi-deck or ground-level parks.


An easy 5-minute stroll up Lydiard Street North will bring you from Ballarat’s CBD to The Goods Shed. Enter next to the historic red brick Carriers Hut or via the stairs leading to the Events Plaza. Alternatively, use the main entrance on Nolan Street.


There are a number of accommodation options in Ballarat close to the Symposium which will be held primarily at The Goods Shed, including:

Discount code for accommodation

Quest Ballarat have provided delegates with a discount code that can be used for accommodation when attending the Academy conference. 

To take up the special 10% discount for stays at Quest Ballarat Station on the nights of 16 & 17 November 2022 inclusive:

  • Bookings should be made directly via
  • 10% discount off the Best Flexible Rate of the day will apply to Studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom apartments
  • Bookings will be subject to availability and, at times, minimum night stays
  • Use Promo Code AAHNOV22


Registration Access Codes

All Academy Fellows will have received an access code. These access codes were circulated in the August issue of the Fellows’ newsletter. Please follow the instructions provided to register and access your Fellows discount. If you have registered without following these instructions, please contact

Departing Ballarat

There will be a return bus service for Fellows, departing to Melbourne Airport and through to Melbourne City between 4:45-5pm on Friday 18th November. If you would like to use this service, please RSVP to by Friday 28th October. 

Section Meetings and AGM 

This year the Academy will continue to use Zoom as a virtual platform for the AGM and Section Meetings. These meetings will be held separately to the Symposium. The 2022 AGM is scheduled for Wednesday 23 November from 12.30pm-2pm (AEDT). Section meetings will be held across the week of 7-11 November. Log into the Fellows Area for further information, for any access issues please contact

Refunds and Cancellations

Participants who register and attend the Symposium have read and agree with the Academy’s Code of Conduct.

Full payment is required at the time of registration. Cancellations before 7th November are fully refundable. Refunds for cancellations after this date are at the discretion of the Academy.

Ballarat Goods Shed Accessibility 

The Goods Shed provides barrier-free access, making the site, building and experiences offered accessible to all people. The Goods Shed provide the following accessible facilities and amenities:

  • Dedicated parking bays
  • External access ramps
  • Drop off/pick-up points
  • External zones linked by accessible ramps
  • Wayfinding signage & tactiles
  • Handrails on publicly accessible stairs

Events Hall

  • Dedicated all abilities / wheelchair accessible seating
  • Multiple ambulant & accessible toilets
  • Infrared Hearing Loop

The Goods Shed entry

  • External access ramp
  • Dedicated DDA passenger lift

Art Gallery of Ballarat Accessibility 

  • Wheelchairs are available and can be reserved by phoning before your visit: 03 5320 5858.
  • Lifts and ramps ensure easy access to all areas of the Gallery.
  • Toilets with wheelchair access and infant change tables are available on the ground floor.
  • Two accessible car spaces are available for people with appropriate permits near the front of the Gallery.

Filming and Photography

By registering and attending the 53rd Symposium and associated events you will be requested to acknowledge that photography, video and audio recordings of the event may occur and give permission that you may appear in such footage or images and that the Academy of the Humanities may use this in promoting its activities. If you do not wish to be filmed, please contact the Academy in advance of the event.


All participants attending the Symposium and associated events must comply with the COVID-19 safety rules outlined by the Victorian State Government.

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.