The Australian Academy of the Humanities represents a broad range of disciplines about human behaviour and culture. It is an independent, not-for-profit organisation made of more than 500 elected fellows. The Academy advances knowledge of the humanities, which include established and emerging fields in:
- Asian Studies
- Classical Studies
- Cultural and Communication Studies
- European Languages and Cultures
- Philosophy and the History of Ideas
- The Arts.
According to its mission statement, the Academy’s main roles are to be
- a Fellowship of scholars who serve their disciplines and the nation by promoting the contribution of the humanities for the public good
- a learned society which promotes the diverse range of disciplines which constitute the humanities
- an advocacy and advisory organisation which provides authoritative and independent advice to governments, industry, the media and the public on matters concerning the humanities
- a grant making body which supports excellent scholarship in the humanities
- a national focal point to promote the value of the humanities and to support and sustain the next generation of humanities researchers and teachers.
Policy and Research
The Academy advises various groups, including government, industry, the media, and cultural and community organisations through
- nominating and supporting humanities experts seeking selection on high-level committees
- making submissions and delivering reports to government inquiries and reviews
- providing evidence at policy matter hearings
- convening specialist committees on public policy issues, drawing on the expertise, influence and skills of Academy Fellows and others.
Humanities Australia is the Academy’s flagship journal. The annual publication features around 10 articles that showcase research and writing from some of Australia’s leading humanities experts.