Academy Lectures 1970-2019

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Each year, in this distinguished lecture series, a Fellow is invited by Council to deliver a lecture on their latest research. The series also features a lecture by each Academy President during their term in office. The Academy Lecture is a rich display of the breadth and depth of scholarship in the Humanities and the impact and imaginative power of this work.

2010-19

Being Humane – A Contested History
Professor Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA
14 November 2019, Brisbane

Turning the Level of Civilisation Up: The twenty-first century challenge (excerpt | audio recording | video)
Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA
15 November 2018, Sydney

Not just warriors or victims (audio recording)
Professor Kim Scott FAHA
16 November 2017, Fremantle

Academic Freedom and the Contemporary University: Lessons from China
Professor John Fitzgerald FAHA
15 November 2016, Melbourne

The ethnographic echo: Archaeological approaches to writing long-term histories of Indigenous spiritual beliefs and ritual practices
Professor Ian J. McNiven FAHA
2015

Generosity and the institutions of the humanities
Emeritus Professor Lesley Johnson AM FAHA
2014

Creators or destroyers: The burning questions of human impact in ancient Aboriginal Australia
Professor Peter Hiscock FSA FAHA
2013

Politics, poetics and policy: Humanities and the new borders
Professor Joseph Lo Bianco AM FAHA
2011

Can the mute stones speak?
Emeritus Professor Graeme Clarke AO FSA FAHA and Heather Jackson FSA FAHA
2010

2000-09

The idea of an academy
Professor Ian Donaldson FBA FRSE FAHA
2009

Spectacle in sixteenth-century Venice: Or how Carpaccio, Giorgione and Titian represented patrician youth theatre
Professor Jaynie Anderson OSI FAHA
2008

Scales and balance: Archaeology, cultural heritage and sustainability
Professor Iain Davidson FAHA
2007

Multilingual society with a monolingual mindset
Professor Michael Clyne
2006

Informing the public: Is there a place for a critical humanities?
Professor Graeme Turner FAHA
2005

Teddy Roosevelt’s trophy: History and nostalgia
Professor Iain McCalman AO FASSA FAHA
2004

Backstage at the republic of letters
Dr Inga Clendinnen
2003

Inquiries into truth
Professor Mark Finnane FASSA FAHA
2002

Alternative Australias: Fates and fortunes
Professor Malcolm Gillies AM FLCM FACE FAHA
2001

Big history, globalisation and Australia: Towards a more inclusive account of the past
Associate Professor David Christian FAHA
2000

1990-99

Framing a new Australian republic
Barry Jones AO FAA FAHA FTSE FRSA FAIM
1999

Ancestral songs: Understandings of Aboriginal song since 1788
Professor Margaret Clunies Ross FAHA
1998

Australian archaeology: A contested discipline
Professor Rhys Jones FAHA
1997

Bush and Backwoods: Myths of musical identity in Australia and the United States
Professor Roger Covell FAHA
1996

The uses of the past
David Malouf FAHA
1995

History’s page: The humanities and Australia as a post-colonial society
Professor Deryck Schreuder FAHA
1994

Theatre and the Greeks
Professor Jeremy Green FAHA
1993

‘Wild Words’: The condition of language in Australia
Professor Dame Leonie Kramer AC DBE FAHA
1992

Philosophers and kings: Variations on an old theme
Professor Gerhard Schulz FAHA
1991

The Humanities and the Australian environment
Professor Margaret Manion FAHA
1990

1980-89

The Humanities and the challenge
Professor John Hardy FAHA
1989

Language atlas projects of the Academy
Emeritus Professor Stephen Wurm FAHA
1988

Myth in Dante and Petrarch
Professor John Scott FAHA
1987

The role of the critic and the language of criticism
Professor Gerald Wilkes FAHA
1986

Technology and philosophy of work
Associate Professor Keith Campbell FAHA
1985

The sun state and its shadow
Professor Anthony Stephens FAHA
1984

The see-saw of pride and disillusionment
Professor Geoffrey Blainey FAHA
1983

The Chinese urge to civilise: Reflections on change
Professor Wang Gungwu FAHA
1982

Insurgents and survivors: The language of a colonial culture
Professor Gerald Wilkes FAHA
1981

European vision and Australia’s heritage
Professor Derek Mulvaney FAHA
1980

1970-79

Twenty years of progress in classical archaeology
Professor Arthur (Dale) Trendall FAHA
1979

Art as information: Thoughts on the art from Captain Cook’s voyages
Professor Bernard Smith FAHA
1978

The ladder of social evolution: Archaeology and the bottom rungs
Professor Jack Golson FAHA
1977

The persecution and assassination of Macbeth as performed in two centuries of French theatre
Professor Richard Coe FAHA
1976

Art, Science and Imagination
Professor John Passmore FAHA
1975

The rebel-reformer in modern Chinese biography
Professor Wang Gungwu FAHA
1974

Biography as history
Dr Francis West FAHA
1973

Goethe and the Dutch interior: A study in the imagery of romanticism
Dr Ursula Hoff FAHA
1972

‘Cur’d and Perfect’: The problem of Shakespeare’s text
Professor Harold Oliver FAHA
1971

The Literary influence of Academies
Professor Alec Hope FAHA
1970

About our lectures

We have over 50 years of Annual Academy Lectures.

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.