Australian Academy of the Humanities

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities
Motto Humani Nihil Alienum
"Nothing concerning humanity is alien to me."
Founded 1969
Type Incorporated by Royal Charter
  • Canberra, Australia
Origins The Australian Humanities Research Council
Area served
Key people
Graeme Turner, President; Mark Finnane, Treasurer; Graeme Clarke, Honorary Secretary; Christina Parolin, Executive Director
Website [1]

The Australian Academy of the Humanities was established by Royal Charter in 1969 to advance scholarship and public interest in the humanities in Australia. To this end the Academy supports:

  • 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:

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.

Other academies[edit]

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). In addition to this, the four Academies convene the biennial National Scholarly Communication Forum to "to disseminate information changes to the context and structures of scholarly communication in Australia, and to make recommendations on what a broad spectrum of participants see as the best developmental policies".[1]


  1. ^ "National Scholarly Communications Forum". Australian Academy of the Humanities. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 


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