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Social Sciences Week

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Discussion Papers

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Upcoming & Recent Events

Each year The Academy hosts and supports a wide range of social science or policy-focused events

202228Nov

2022

2022 Annual Events

The Academy’s 2022 Annual Events will be held from 28 – 29 November 2022 in Melbourne and online. Most of the annual events, including the symposium, AGM and panel meetings, will be hybrid, allowing for in-person and digital participation. The annual symposium will be held as part of the inaugural Congress of the Humanities, Arts […]

20223Jul

Women in the 2022 Federal Election: Will politics be done differently?

The 2022 federal election has been widely seen as a turning point for women in politics – both in the impact of their votes and the record number of women being elected to Parliament. But what will this shift mean for Australian politics? Will increased diversity in our representatives and the community organising of the […]

202221Jul

Stuart Macintyre: The Work of History

Stuart Macintyre was a leading figure across the fields of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Australia. To coincide with the publication of The Work of History – Writing for Stuart Macintyre, some of the contributors to this project address key themes and dimensions of his work and its consequences. Join us at this free, full-day […]

202228Apr

Paul Bourke Lectures

Are Indigenous Rights Inconsistent with Australian Political Traditions?

Critics often argue in public debate that Indigenous rights conflict with Australian political traditions over the claims of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to land, culture and sovereignty. One argument is that Indigenous rights constitute race-based forms of discrimination against non-Indigenous peoples that violate Australia’s liberal norms of equality. And when Indigenous rights promise […]

202223Feb

Fay Gale Lectures

‘No room at the Inn’: Rethinking critical race studies and its place in the Australian academy

2022 Fay Gale Lecture: Presented by Professor Chelsea Watego ‘No room at the Inn’: Rethinking critical race studies and its place in the Australian academy Date: Wed 23 Feb Time: 4:00pm ACDT / 4:30pm AEDT / 1.30PM AWST Location: Ingkarni Wardli (top floor), The University of Adelaide This public lecture is a reflection on the […]

202122Nov

2021

50th Anniversary Symposium: The Social Future of Australia

The Social Future of Australia: 50th Anniversary Symposium The Academy’s 50th Anniversary Symposium will explore the social future of Australia. With over 50 speakers, six presentation sessions, and three roundtable sessions, the Symposium will provide contemporary and provocative commentary on issues important to society as well as to each of our disciplines. Questions and comments […]

202124Nov

2021

2021 New Fellows’ Presentations

Each year, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia elects the most distinguished social scientists in Australia as Fellows. These New Fellows will join the ranks of over 700 of Australia’s leading researchers and professionals across the social science disciplines. This event provides an opportunity to welcome the 2021 New Fellows and to recognise […]

Making SPACE for Young Australians

Space continues to be a new frontier for humankind, presenting significant opportunities for Social Scientists to apply their expertise. From sensemaking, to indigenous astronomy, sustainability, industry, diplomacy and defence, this series of webinars examines the role for social scientists in space. This is a timely series, given Australia’s ambitions to contribute to American efforts to return to the Moon in 2024, and as many space faring nations look beyond, to Mars.

Latest Publications

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News

Academy statement on the proposed changes to the Australian Research Council

15 December, 2021 ACADEMY STATEMENT ON THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH COUNCIL The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia has serious concerns regarding proposed changes to the structure and governance of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding schemes. These changes are outlined in a Letter of Expectation sent to the ARC CEO by […]

Position Statements

International Social Science Research, Pedagogy & Collaboration – Position Statement

2022 Federal Election Statement from the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

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Position Statements

Social Priorities for Australia – 2022 Federal Election Statement

2022 Federal Election Statement from the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

Position Statements

Joint Academies statement on Ukraine

A statement from Australia's learned Academies on the invasion of Ukraine

Position Statements

Joint Academies statement post COP26

Academy statement on Australian action needed to address climate change

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Position Statements

Academy statement on the need for a price on greenhouse gas emissions

Academy statement on Australian action needed to address climate change

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