The Academy is dedicated to recognising and supporting emerging leaders in the humanities. The Hancock Lecture invites ‘young Australian scholars of excellence’ to talk about their work to a public audience. Many of the researchers who have delivered Hancock Lectures have gone on to become Fellows of our Academy.
Namesake & history
Emeritus Professor Sir (William) Keith Hancock KBE FAHA (1898—1988) was a Foundation Fellow and the first President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. This lecture is made possible by a bequest from the estate of Sir Keith. The first Sir Keith Hancock Lecture was given by (then) Associate Professor Christine Alexander in 1993.
Since 1993 we’ve hosted the lecture almost every year.