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The Australian Academy of the Humanities sadly acknowledges the passing of Emeritus Professor Richard Davis, a prominent scholar of Tasmanian, New Zealand, Irish and Canadian history. He was elected to the Academy in 1997.

After 14 years at the Academy, 12 of them in the role of Executive Director, we say farewell to Dr Christina (Tina) Parolin. To celebrate and acknowledge her many contributions, her colleagues have shared their memories and thoughts on her outstanding achievements and legacy.

Fellow and literary historian Professor Katherine Bode explores Australia’s literary and cultural heritage through her research into fiction found in 19th century Australian newspapers. With more than 36,000 publications in ‘To be continued: The Australian Newspaper Fiction Database,’ Katherine’s exploration has barely scratched the surface of this vast trove of historical fiction.

Fellow and Professor of Digital Media Jean Burgess argues that despite the chaos brought on by Elon Musk in recent months, Twitter has always been much more than a tech company. Regardless of how the story of Twitter turns out, what its user community does next will help shape the future of our media and communication environment.

Fellow and Professor of Political Philosophy Duncan Ivison argues that the call for a Voice to Parliament is not, as its critics argue, an attempt to insert race-based politics into the Australian Constitution but is instead a democratic claim.

This text is based on his 2022 Annual Academy lecture delivered in Ballarat at the 53rd Annual Academy Symposium. The full transcript of his lecture can be viewed on the video below.

Election to the Australian Academy of Humanities is the highest honour for achievement in and contribution to the humanities in Australia. Today, 37 new members were elected to the Fellowship.

The Australian Academy of the Humanities acknowledges, with deep sadness, the death of Colin Nettelbeck FAHA. Elected to the Academy in 1994, he was profoundly influential in French language and culture teaching in Australia and in the development of language policy in the University sector.

This week’s Five-Minute Friday Read from Janet McCalman, Emeritus Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the University of Melbourne, discusses the nature of wealth inequality and examines why a Universal Basic Income is not enough to fix the causes of poverty.

The Australian Academy of the Humanities acknowledges, with deep sadness, the death of Angus Trumble FAHA. A man of many talents – an art curator, a distinguished art historian, writer, curator and museum director – he was elected to the Academy in 2015.

This week saw the release of Ensuring Occupations are Responsive to People with Disabilities, a landmark report by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. As part of the Academy of Humanities’ support for the project, Professor Bree Hadley provided a study of disability in the arts, creative, and cultural industries for the project, and Professor Gerard Goggin was a member of the Expert Reference Group. In this week’s Five-Minute Friday Read, they explain why disability training needs fundamental reform now.

The Australian Academy of the Humanities acknowledges, with deep sadness, the death of Shirley McKechnie AO FAHA. Shirley was a pioneer of Australian contemporary dance and dance education and one of the most influential artists in recent Australian history. She was elected to the Academy in 1998.

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.