2023 Symposium

Elizabeth Stephens

She was previously an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at UQ (2017-2021), Associate Dean Research at Southern Cross University (2014-2017), and an ARC Australian Research Fellow in the Centre for the History of European Discourses (UQ, 2010-2014). Elizabeth is author of over 100 publications, including three

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Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker

He is also an Australian Research Council Fellow (IN220100008) in the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies of the Australian National University. Lyndon has significant experience lecturing and coordinating tertiary-level subjects, including the delivery of ‘on-country’ learning. He continues in his roles of policy development and research, and negotiations at the national and international levels,

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Richard Yeo

He is an historian of science and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He is Emeritus Professor at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. His books include Defining Science: William Whewell, Natural Knowledge and Public Debate in early Victorian Britain (Cambridge, 1993); Encyclopaedic Visions: Scientific Dictionaries and Enlightenment Culture (Cambridge, 2001); and Notebooks, English

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Keynote: Human priorities, machine decisions?

Event details When: 9-10am, Friday 17 November 2023 Where: Kaleide RMIT Union Theatre, Melbourne Human priorities, machine decisions? Limitations of using mathematical models for decision support One way of interacting with possible uncertain futures is through the use of mathematical models to construct and visualise different kinds of outcomes and counterfactuals. Dr Erica Thompson will discuss

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Dr Marc Trabsky

He combines critical theory, socio-legal research, and science and technology studies to explore the interrelations between law, technology, and death. Marc has written Law and the Dead: Technology, Relations and Institutions (Routledge, 2019) and Death: New Trajectories in Law (Routledge, 2023). He is currently co-editing the Routledge Handbook of Law and Death (Routledge, 2024, forthcoming).

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Roslynn Haynes

As a graduate in both biochemical sciences and the humanities she is most interested in cross-disciplinary research, and is internationally recognised for her contributions to the field of science and literature over many decades. Roslynn has published five major books in the field that continue to be cited: H.G. Wells: Discoverer of the Future (Macmillan,

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Automating life & death

  Event details When: 2-3.30pm, Thursday 16 November 2023 Where: Kaleide RMIT Union Theatre, Melbourne Emeritus Professor Joanne Tompkins FAHA will chair a panel featuring Dr Tatiana Bur, Roslynn Haynes, Dr Marc Trabsky and Elizabeth Stephens, exploring: Humans, gods & machines in Greco-Roman antiquity Ideas of AI and automation have held cultural traction since Greek antiquity.

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Machine Memories, Methods, and Histories

Event details When: 10-11.30am on Friday 17 November 2023 Where: Kaleide RMIT Union Theatre, Melbourne Professor Richard Yeo FAHA of Griffith University considers an early forerunner to today’s artificial intelligence memorywork; Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington compares the ways in which machines and human historians use questions in historical reasoning; and Professor Gerard Goggin FAHA draws upon his

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Between Humans & Machines: old questions, new challenges

Event details When: 9.30-11am, Thursday 16 November 2023 Where: Kaleide RMIT Union Theatre, Melbourne Speakers Malavika Jayaram is the Executive Director of the Digital Asia Hub, an independent, non-profit internet and society research think tank based out of Hong Kong with a regional focus.       Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker is an Aboriginal man of Alyawarr descent

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How should we conceptualise the human in an Anthropocene world?

Event details This lecture occurred on 15 November 2023. A recording is available here.  The Anthropocene is understood to be a new geological epoch in which human activities dominate Earth’s surface processes. If the Anthropocene is defined by the activities and impacts of people, it is paradoxically also a period that may shortly be out

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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.