Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities

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The Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities
Hong Kong Academy of Humanities official Logo, 2012.tiff
Founded 2011
  • Hong Kong
Area served
Key people
Chu-Ren Huang, President; Mette Hjort, Vice President; Simon Haines, Secretary; Lauren Pfister, Treasurer
Website http://hkhumanities.hk
Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities
Traditional Chinese 香港人文學院

About the Hong Kong Academy of Humanities

The Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities (Chinese: 香港人文學院) was established in April 2011 with 39 foundation fellows drawn from Hong Kong’s eight institutions of higher education funded by the University Grants Committee.[1]

The academy comprises a fellowship of humanists based in Hong Kong and has sister relationships with other National Academy bodies around the world including the Union Académique Internationale. Its constitution was promulgated at the 2012 AGM.[2]


  • To recognize scholarly achievement in the humanities in Hong Kong;
  • To promote appreciation of the value of the humanities;
  • To provide a platform for advocacy on behalf of the humanities to government, funding bodies, business and the general public;
  • To provide a point of contact for government and international bodies seeking information about the humanities in Hong Kong.


  • The HKAH sponsors a Book Series with Springer called The Humanities in Asia [3]
  • It also has two book prizes. The First Book Prize and the Martha Cheung Prize in Translation [4]

In 2015 the First Book Prize was won by Catherine Ladds of Hong Kong Baptist University for her book Empire Careers: Working for the Chinese Customs Service 1854-1949 published in 2014 by Manchester University Press. [5] The Runner Up was Dennis Tay of Hong Kong Polytechnic University for his book Metaphor in Psychotherapy: A Descriptive and Prescriptive Analysis published in 2013 by John Benjamins.

Some academic academies have publications that promote the humanities in their jurisdiction (see the Australian Academy of the Humanities journal Humanities Australia).[6] but the HKAH does not publish a formal academic journal as of December 2016.

It has held the following symposia:


New Fellows are nominated on an annual basis by nomination and secret ballot of members. In December 2016 there were 48 fellows.[7]

Founding Secretary, Professor David Parker (1943-2015) of Chinese University of Hong Kong's Research Centre for Human Values Official website passed away on October 29 2015 while serving as Vice President of the HKAH.

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  1. ^ "Website of the University Grants Committee of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region". University Grants Committee. 
  2. ^ "Constitution". Hong Kong Academy of Humanities. 
  3. ^ http://www.springer.com/series/13566
  4. ^ http://www.hkhumanities.hk/?section=book-prizes
  5. ^ http://sosc.hkbu.edu.hk/en/node/428
  6. ^ "Humanities Australia". Canberra: Australian Academy of Humanities. 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Fellows". Hong Kong Academy of Humanities. 


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