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The ideas & ideals of Australia: The Lucky Country turns sixty

The 60th anniversary of Donald Horne’s landmark book, The Lucky Country, prompts us to think afresh about Australian culture and social changes, and ask: are ordinary Australians fulfilling their aspirations? Are we a tolerant people? The Australian Academy of the Humanities’ 55th Annual Symposium will take on the big questions posed by Horne and bring others to […]

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2024 Trendall Lecture

Experiencing immersion from antiquity to modernity

Australia has a rich history of world-leading researchers of the ancient world, its languages, literature, thought, history, art and civilisations. The Trendall Lecture celebrates this long tradition and reminds us of the deep and continuing relevance of the ancient world and late antiquity to modern life. We are delighted to partner each year with the Australasian

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Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences Centres of Excellence Workshop

Join us in Canberra or online for insights on the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) premier Centres of Excellence program. There are major opportunities for aspiring researchers in the humanities, arts and social sciences to design transformational research programs and strategic partnerships with enduring impact in the leadup to the 2026 CoE round and beyond. This

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Rights and Revolutions

  Event details When: 12.10-1.30pm, Friday 17 November 2023. Where: Kaleide RMIT Union Theatre Foyer In a panel chaired by Professor Mark Andrejevic FAHA and featuring Distinguished Professor Emerita Maggie Walter FASSA, Professor Leanne Wiseman and Dr Jake Goldenfein we will explore: AI and Indigenous Data Sovereignty Artificial intelligence is a rapidly growing, increasingly pervasive

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Automating public culture: Creators, institutions, audiences

  Event details When: 11.30-12.50pm, Thursday 16 November 2023 Where: Kaleide RMIT Union Theatre, Melbourne Creativity and cultural labour practices have long been considered resistant to automation. Our sector – though often underpaid and undervalued – took comfort in this, luxuriating in the knowledge that our work was profoundly and unequivocally human – even when it is (almost always) the product of

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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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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 will be available soon.  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

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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.