The articles in this year’s edition span a number of disciplines, including cultural and communication studies, philosophy, literary studies, digital humanities, classical studies, European and Australian history, and Asian studies. Yet as in previous years, a common theme emerges. Each article in this edition engages the idea of ‘mapping’ – whether it be inter-cultural relationships and knowledges, physical territory, emotional experience, public opinion, political agenda, literary history, theatrical landscape, or the terrain of a battlefield. Collectively and individually, the articles in this edition demonstrate the role the Humanities can play in understanding how we chart our inner and outer worlds.
In keeping with our ongoing support of the next generation of humanities scholars and practitioners, this year’s edition includes the work of two early career researchers, our joint 2016 Max Crawford Medallists Dr Louise Richardson-Self and Dr David McInnis. It also features edited versions of two of our key lectures, the Triebel Lecture and the annual Academy Lecture, providing a platform for a wider audience to engage with the inspiring, powerful and compelling ideas presented in those addresses.