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Kings and chieftains, pagan gods and goddesses, saints and apostles. The rich tradition of Skaldic poetry – which originated in Norway in the ninth century – has all this and more. Now, thanks to a large-scale international collaboration initiated and led by Australian researchers, the entire collection of surviving skaldic poetry will be available to be read and appreciated around the world.

One can only imagine what Emma Woodhouse would have thought of her carefully chosen words being run through a computer – but by doing just that, an Australian scholar pioneered a new field of literary studies, making it possible to identify authors of anonymous books, date written works, detect plagiarism and chart the evolution of a writer’s style.

Our Discovering Humanities series is a celebration of more than fifty years of humanities research and discovery. It was born out of the 50th anniversary of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2019 but is not limited to the work of Academy Fellows. Of necessity it covers just a small fraction of the many advances across the humanities made by researchers in Australia since the Academy was first founded.

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.

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.