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The Australian Academy of the Humanities has committed in its Strategic Plan (2020-25) to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories, knowledges and practices as foundational to our national story, and recognise the role and contribution of Indigenous researchers and knowledge custodians.

The Colonial Frontier Massacres in Australia, 1788-1930, led by Professor Lyndall Ryan AM, FAHA is a truth-telling project that draws on the new research field of massacre studies and digital technology to map verified frontier massacres in Australia between 1788 when British colonisation began until 1930. Professor Ryan explains how the map settles debates about how the British colonisation of Australia affected Indigenous people.

Prominent and celebrated artist Lindy Lee FAHA is known for thoughtful artworks that draw on her Chinese-Australian heritage. Her work explores connection, history, family, time and personal identity. It is an honour to feature Lee’s work on the cover of our Australia’s China Knowledge Capability report.

Historian and author, Alison Bashford, FAHA, FBA draws from her latest book An Intimate History of Evolution: the Story of the Huxley Family to explore a world (not so long ago) when it was unremarkable for scientists to also be poets; when a leading English evolutionary biologist was as learned in German philosophy as the new German experiments on a thing called ‘the cell’?

Fellow and Professor of Ukrainian Studies Marko Pavlyshyn examines the evolution of Ukraine’s national self identity from the nineteenth century to the present day. This article is based on his paper at the 53rd Annual Academy Symposium: “Complexities of Belonging: Reflections on Citizenship and Identity in Ukraine”.

Professor Emeritus Julianne Schultz AM FAHA explores the idea of Australia as a nation and argues, if the idea of Australia is not to be a half-formed thing, we must respond to the call of history to give the First Australians the recognition they have long sought.

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.