As we observe the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, Jane Lydon FAHA calls on us to recognise slavery in all its forms, including those persisting today.
The Australian Academy of the Humanities acknowledges, with deep sadness, the death of Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Webby AM FAHA, one of Australia’s leading authorities on Australian Literary Studies.
Philosophers, physicians, social workers and scientists have long explored the human tendency to form habits. They have also pondered how to break routinised habits by creating fissures—gaps in time that allow new habits to form. And, as Tony Bennett FAHA FAcSS shows in Habit’s Pathways: Repetition, Power, Conduct (2023), the history of forming and changing habits is a politically charged one.
Photojournalist-turned-academic Dr TJ Thomson has been named the 2023 Max Crawford Medal winner for his exemplary career in which he helps to build media literacy and addresses misinformation and disinformation.
Dr Heather Jackson FSA FAHA (University of Melbourne), Professor Emerita Elizabeth Minchin FAHA (Australian National University), and Associate Professor Roger Scott FAHA (University of Melbourne) reflect on and celebrate the life of Emeritus Professor Graeme Clarke AO FAHA, one of Australia’s most prominent classical scholars. Download a PDF version.
The Australian Academy of the Humanities welcomes the Minister of Education’s release of the Universities Accord Interim Report, led by Professor Mary O’Kane AC.
Dishonest politicians and the failure to act on mounting evidence of Robodebt’s inaccuracies has led to a major distrust in technology, media and essential services for our country’s most vulnerable people. Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship recipient Terry Flew FAHA explains how his mediated trust research can help us better understand questions of trust as they relate to news media, digital platforms, corporations, and global institutions.
The effects of climate change are well known, but policy solutions are missing one potential solution to address the issue: creative arts. Dennis Del Favero and Stuart Cunningham FAHA explain how creative arts-led initiatives can help us prepare for and prevent climate disaster.
Linguist and 2023 recipient of the Academy’s John Mulvaney Fellowship Tula Wynyard is helping to document the languages of three remote Arnhem Land communities, a project she felt strongly about after finding it difficult to learn the language of her own Dharug country.
In 2023, we have mostly emerged from the extremes of isolation, but the effects of COVID-19 lockdowns on academia have converged with our looming environmental catastrophe. President of the Academy of Humanities Lesley Head FASSA FAHA reminds us that humanities scholars have the unique tools to address the challenges the world is throwing our way.
The prospect of war crimes trials is once again on the agenda in Australia and globally. Criminal investigations of possible war crimes committed by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan have begun.