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Thursday 20 June is World Refugee Day, designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. Professor Jane Lydon FAHA, Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History at The University of Western Australia, explores the role of public art in shaping our perceptions of people forced to flee their homelands. When do refugees become legitimate ‘Australians’? And how can art prompt public discussion?

As National Reconciliation Week draws to a close, we highlight ten exemplary books written by Australian Academy of the Humanities Fellows — from award-winning fiction to non-fiction — all which help shape our national discourse.

The Met Gala has become one of the most well-known fashion events of the year. Distinguished Professor Peter McNeil FAHA explores how the annual Met Gala has transformed the status of collecting and exhibiting clothing through linking power, money, status and glamour.

When Emeritus Professor Linda Barwick AM FAHA found an old song written down by a late family friend who served in WWII, she penned the melody as best she could remember some 42 years later. What came next was a deep exploration of the way memory and interpretation can entangle within our archives.

Australia’s oldest pottery find on Jiigurru (Lizard Island) on the Great Barrier Reef rewrites our understanding of Aboriginal maritime history and affirms the stories of Traditional Owners. Distinguished Professor Sean Ulm FAHA, Dingaal man Kenneth McLean and Dr Ariana Lambrides share the long-reaching impact of their co-designed research.

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.