Future, Humanities

Brisbane to host the 50th Academy of the Humanities Symposium – “Humanising the Future”

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Submission by: Prof. Greg Hainge

Brisbane is proud to host the Australian Academy of the Humanities 50th annual symposium, which includes free public events, from 13-15 November 2019. The Australian Academy of the Humanities is Australia’s national body for the humanities, advocating for the contributions of art, culture, and the humanities make. As an organisation, the Academy of the Humanities provides a number of valuable services including,  independent and authoritative advice (including to government agencies) on policies, projects, research, and reports to ensure ethical, historical and cultural perspectives inform discussions regarding Australia’s future challenges and opportunities. The Academy also ensures that excellence in the humanities disciplines are recognised and promoted through international engagement and research collaboration.

What future is there for the past?
How do we ensure that new technologies enhance human flourishing?
How do we create more liveable cities through civic cultures?
What does the future have in store for the humanities, and what can the humanities offer the future?
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Established in 1969, the Academy is celebrating its 50th anniversary by hosting a symposium entitled “Humanising the Future“. While conversations around the future often centre on technology, industry, and environmental issues, the Academy seeks to reframe these conversations by ensuring that the human element of our future isn’t overlooked.

Can we humanise the digital future?
How do we ensure new technologies enhance human flourishing, including for the future of work?
How can we consider prospects for the human, and the post-human in the Anthropocene?
How we can build smart cultural cities?

The events are to be held at several venues in the State Library of Queensland precinct as well as Griffith University Campus, located in South Brisbane and South Bank, Brisbane.

Starting the event on Wednesday the 13th November at 5pm will be the 9th Hancock Lecture, a free public event, entitled: Maaya Waabiny: Mobilising song archives to nourish an endangered language. This lecture is on the interdisciplinary approach to enhance the revitalisation of endangered Noongar language and song in the south coast region of Western Australia.  Wirlomin Noongar researcher Associate Professor Clint Bracknell from the Kurongkurl Katitjin Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research and WAAPA, Edith Cowan University.  The lecture will be followed by a reception at 6pm.

A full program can be found at the Academy’s website here.

Annual Fellows’ events will occur 15-16 November 2019 in Brisbane.

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