Celebrating 50 Years
of the Academy of
the Social Sciences
50 years of the Academy
In 2021, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia will mark its 50th anniversary.
This milestone provides an opportunity to celebrate the significant contributions of the Academy and its Fellows to the advancement of the social sciences. It also invites reflection on the value and future of the social sciences in contemporary Australian life.
The Academy will explore these themes in 2021 through a 50th anniversary program of events and research, including the Academy’s Annual Symposium and State of the Social Sciences project.
Celebrating 50 Years will not only acknowledge the legacy of the social sciences, but it will also consider the invaluable role the social sciences can play in Australia’s social future.
Celebrate the history and future of the social sciences in Australia through a diverse range of events.
The Academy’s public lecture series provides the opportunity to hear from some of the world’s most distinguished social scientists. These lectures, named in honour of former Academy Presidents, will be held across Australia and online in 2021.
The Academy’s 2021 Annual Events will be held from 22 – 24 November 2021 in Canberra, Australia. These events, including the Annual Symposium, New Fellows’ Presentations and Cunningham Lecture and AGM will be hybrid, allowing for in-person and digital participation.
State of the
The State of the Social Sciences Report 2021 is a 12-month project to take stock of social science disciplines in Australia and plan for their future. The report will provide a foundation for the Academy’s efforts to support and enable world-class education and research in the social sciences.