Australian Academy of the Humanities
|Type||Incorporated by Royal Charter|
|Origins||The Australian Humanities Research Council|
|Key people||Graeme Turner, President; Mark Finnane, Treasurer; Graeme Clarke, Honorary Secretary; Christina Parolin, Executive Director|
|Motto||Humani Nihil Alienum
"Nothing concerning humanity is alien to me."
- humanities research through conferences, awards:
- supports the diffusion of humanities research findings through publication subsidies and media promotion;
- provides advice to government, industry, the media, and the community on matters concerning the humanities;
- maintains collaborations with bodies concerned with national cultural prosperity;
- maintains relations and exchanges with international bodies.
The Academy comprises a Fellowship of over 400 of the most influential humanists in or associated with Australia. The abbreviation for a Fellow of the Academy is FAHA. The Academy is governed by a Council of Fellows and operated by a Secretariat. It is an independent not-for-profit organisation partly funded by the Australian government.
The following ten disciplines serve as the Fellowship’s electoral sections:
- Asian Studies
- Classical Studies
- Cultural and Communication Studies
- European Languages and Cultures
- Philosophy, Religion & the History of Ideas
- Prehistory and Archaeology
- The Arts
Election to the Academy takes place at the Annual General Meeting, following nomination by Council on the advice of the ten electoral sections.
The President, elected in November 2007, is Professor Ian Donaldson.
As of 31 December 2009, the Academy had Fellows, of which 397 are voting Fellows, 47 are overseas Fellows, and 71 are honorary Fellows.
There are three other Learned Academies in Australia: the Australian Academy of Science (AAS), the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). They co-operate by means of the National Academies Forum (NAF).