Fellows Signing Ceremony

The Council of the Academy warmly invites you to attend a reception for Fellows to be held on Thursday 17 November, at the Ballarat Goods Shed, Victoria.

This reception will bring together elected Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities who have not yet had the opportunity to sign the Charter Book or receive their Certificate of Fellowship. This short signing ceremony involves a brief biography being read by the Honorary Secretary to the assembled Fellowship, who will then have the opportunity to add their signatures to the Academy’s historic Charter Book, alongside those Fellows elected to the Academy since 1969, and receive their Certificates of Fellowship.

The Annual Academy Dinner will follow this event and will provide an opportunity for guests to meet members of Council and the Secretariat.

Event Details

When: 5:30-6.30pm (AEDT), Thursday 17th November 2022
Where: Ballarat Goods Shed

About the Symposium

Questions of citizenship and belonging have long featured in Australian public life. From the rights and citizenship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through to exclusionary immigration policies, from internment of ‘enemy aliens’ to citizenship controversies of the Australian parliament, from demands of loyalty from diaspora groups to cancelling the citizenship of terrorists, their widows and orphans.

Citizenship is both an externally protective and projective mechanism, and a marker of ‘who belongs’. Around the world, notions of citizenship are often divided between so called ‘civic’ and ‘ethnic’ principles. Australia’s own experience shows that forms of national belonging are more complex than this binary suggests.

The 53rd Annual Symposium will explore themes of loyalty and nationality, internationalism, mobility and how these interact with questions of participation, affiliation and the politics of ‘nativism’. Moving beyond legalistic approaches, it will imagine a new and unique Australian civilisational compact – a substantive kind of citizenship for a multicultural society with deep trans-national and diaspora connections and a reimagined polity negotiated with First Nations concepts and rights.

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.