Humanities Australia journal 2016

7th edition of The Journal of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. 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 an essential part of our commitment to supporting excellence in the Humanities and communicating their value to the public.


Several of the essays this year deal with interactions between the human and natural worlds, involving the hunting and collecting of animals and insects, across various times and cultures. Others deal with the hunting and collecting of information, whether in fifteenth-century Florence or contemporary Australia. This remains an essential part of humanities scholarship despite the vast difference between an illuminated manuscript and a computer database.

Download this edition

  • Editor’s Introduction, by Elizabeth Webby
  • Earth Hour & Ladybird, Poems by David Malouf
  • The Ethnographic Echo: Archaeological Approaches to Writing Longterm Histories of Indigenous Spiritual Beliefs and Ritual Practices, by Ian J. McNiven
  • Dressing for War and Unnatural Poses: Human–Animal Acts at the Turn of the Twentieth Century by Peta Tait
  • The Prosecution Project: Investigating the Criminal Trial in Australian History by Mark Finnane
  • Insect Itineraries: From Sierra Leone, West Africa to Sydney, New South Wales by Deirdre Coleman
  • Simply a Hypothesis? Race and Ethnicity in the Global South by Warwick Anderson
  • Life with Sea Views: Short fiction by Michelle de Kretser
  • Marco di Bartolomeo Rustici’s Amazing Adventure by Nerida Newbigin & Kathleen Olive
  • Becoming a ‘Diva’ in Imperial Rome: Ovid and the Problem of the ‘First Lady’ by Carole Newlands
  • Ex Libris Recent additions to the Fellow’s Library


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.