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The crisis of climate change demands more than scientific understanding and technical solutions. It requires us to think again about the demarcation between humans and nature, to revisit the legacies of colonialism and our fossil-fuelled industrial past and to imagine a radically different future.

Each year, in this distinguished lecture series, a Fellow is invited by Council to deliver a lecture on their latest research. The series also features a lecture by each Academy President during their term in office. The Academy Lecture is a rich display of the breadth and depth of scholarship in the humanities and the impact and imaginative power of this work. This year’s lecture will be held as part of our 52nd Annual Symposium program.

This special event will bring together recipients of our major awards from 2020 and 2021 with Fellows, Academy Staff and Council as well as members of the humanities community.

In this session a group of early and mid-career researchers from a range of disciplines will present a key insight or idea from their research. Themes include oceans, drought, international policy and pastoral poetry, with a geographic spread from Australia to the Himalayas.

Having supported hundreds of scholars over more than five decades, the Publication Subsidy Scheme is one of the Academy’s longest running awards programs.

Our Publication Subsidy Scheme supports quality publication in the humanities, with funding awarded to early career researchers to support costs associated with publication, such as illustrations, maps, and copyright fees.

We have a deep commitment to achieving national data and research infrastructure that serves the humanities, arts, the wider system, and the public good. The critical and creative talents of the humanities are vital to developing and realising a research commons agenda.

In our second Past Presidents’ Perspectives article, the Academy’s Immediate Past President Professor Joy Damousi reflects on the influences that led her to a career in the humanities, as well as her time as President and the biggest challenges the Academy faced.

The release of the UN’s latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report has confirmed everyone’s worst fears. Not only is climate change real, but it is also the direct result of human activity. It is predicting the earth will have warmed by 1.5 degrees since 1910 in the next decade, and looking ahead, Australia, which is already bearing the brunt of extreme weather events, will be amongst the hardest-hit nations in the world.

The world is rapidly changing, and the Australian Academy of the Humanities is meeting the new challenges we face, in new ways. The Academy’s original visual identity served us well for more than five decades, but as the world has changed, so must we.

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.