In this 50th Anniversary Year of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, there is no shortage of challenges to which the disciplines of the social sciences can and do contribute evidence and expertise.
International relationships, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic are major challenges, as are reconciliation with First Nation peoples, violence toward women, and changes in the way we work and interact with technology.
The research and policy contributions of the social sciences to these and other challenges are addressed in the 50thAnniversary Symposium, The Social Future of Australia. Also addressed are the challenges that our disciplines face in terms of the reception of social science evidence and expertise by government, the media, and the general public.
With six presentation sessions, three roundtable sessions, around 60 participants, the Symposium will focus on the ways forward for the challenges, the social sciences, and Australian society.
Professor Kevin McConkey AM FASSA
Chair, 50th Anniversary Symposium Committee
50th Anniversary Symposium Committee:
Dr Dylan Lino
Professor Deborah Lupton FASSA
Professor John Maynard FASSA, FAHA
Professor Kevin McConkey AM, FASSA
Professor Sarah Pink FASSA
Professor Mark Western FASSA
Professor Sarah Wheeler FASSA
Professor Hugh White AO, FASSA
Professor Glenn Withers AO, FASSA
Dr Chris Hatherly
Ms Anna Dennis
This online event is open to academics, policy-makers, tertiary students and the public. Attendees can register for the entire two-day symposium, a single day or individual sessions.
Registration is free, but essential.
Day 1: 11am – 4.15pm AEDT Monday 22 November
Day 2: 9am – 4pm AEDT Tuesday 23 November
View the complete anniversary symposium program for detailed information about session times, topics and participants.
Sessions cover the future of the social sciences in Australia, reconciliation with First Nations people, international relationships in a changing world, changes in the way we work, new models for justice and diversity, health and education policy, and other important topics.
Speakers include Professor Jane Hall, Dr Cathy Foley AO, Professor Patrick McGorry, Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, AO, Michelle Grattan AO, Professor Richard Holden, Professor Maggie Walter, Professor Mark Western, Danielle Wood, Professor Ian Anderson AO, Dr Stephen Duckett, and many more.
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.
Speakers & Participants
View the program for a full list of speakers and participants and their biographies.