Humanities Australia Journal 2021

Welcome to the 12th edition of the Australian Academy of the Humanities’ flagship journal Humanities Australia, showcasing some of the outstanding research and writing being carried out by our Fellows, grants and awards alumni and those involved in our annual lecture series. It is an essential part of our commitment to supporting excellence in the humanities and communicating their value to the public.

This year’s edition of Humanities Australia again demonstrates the ability and effectiveness of the humanities in addressing current challenges, with articles covering a wide range of topics: from the value of the arts in times of crisis, to conceptions of loneliness in the past and present, to the ongoing legacy of frontier violence, colonisation, and Indigenous dispossession.

As in previous years, it also features an edited version of our annual Trendall lecture, and work by our Crawford Medal recipient,  providing a platform for readers to engage with research from across the humanities community.

We hope that you enjoy reading the wonderful research on display in this edition and that it can begin to convey the excitement we feel about the humanities disciplines and their potential to address important issues facing our nation, both directly and through reflections on the past.

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In this issue:

Editor’s Introduction by Graham Tulloch FAHA

#ArtsforSurvival by Libby Robin FAHA

Were the Ancient Athenians Ever lonely? by Alastair Blanshard FAHA

Letters to Maggie, Roy and H.G. by Bridget Griffen-Foley FAHA

A Colonial Surface Scatter: Deepening Histories at Jiigurru|Walmbaar (Lizard Island) by Billy Griffiths

Beer Lines by Nicholas Shakespeare FAHA

Maralinga: Thunder Raining Poison by Catherine Speck FAHA

The Present, the Past and the Work by Paul Eggert FAHA

Straying from Myth by Marian Maguire

Editorial and production team

Academy Editor – Graham Tulloch
Design and Layout by Gillian Cosgrove
Editorial Support by Liz Bradtke

About the journal

Established in 2010, Humanities Australia is the Academy’s flagship journal, showcasing some of the outstanding research and writing being carried out by our Fellows. It is not only an essential part of our commitment to supporting and communicating excellence in the Humanities but also a demonstration of the value and strength of the humanities in facing human issues.

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.