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 does 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

Program

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.

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Symposium Sessions

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.

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Speakers

Speakers include Professor Jane Hall, Dr Cathy Foley AO, Professor Patrick McGorry, Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, AO, Michelle Grattan AO, Professor Richard Holden, Ross Gittins AM,  Professor Maggie Walter, Professor Mark Western, Danielle Wood, Professor Ian Anderson AO, Dr Stephen Duckett, and many more.

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State of the
Social Sciences

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.

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Register to attend The Social Future of Australia. Attendees can register for the full two-day program, single days, or selected sessions.

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Speakers & Participants

View the program for a full list of speakers and participants and their biographies.

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Jane Hall
Jane Hall
Kevin McConkey
Kevin McConkey AM
Mark Western
Mark Western
Dr Cathy Foley AO
Cathy Foley AO, PSM
John Dewar AO
John Dewar AO
Andrew Leigh MP
Andrew Leigh MP
Deborah Lupton
Deborah Lupton
Danielle Wood
Danielle Wood
Chris Feik
Chris Feik
Michelle Grattan AO
Michelle Grattan AO
John Maynard
Felicity Meakins
Thomas Mayor
Bhiamie Williamson
Bhiamie Williamson
Ian Anderson AO
Klaus Neumann
Klaus Neumann
Hugh White AO
Hugh White AO
Renée Jeffery
Renée Jeffery
Toni Erskine
James Fox
James Fox
Glenn Withers AO
Glenn Withers AO
Barry McGaw AO
Barry McGaw AO
Richard Bryant AC
Richard Bryant AC
Karen Fisher
Karen Fisher
Stephen Duckett
Stephen Duckett
Patrick McGorry AO
Patrick McGorry AO
John Quiggin
John Quiggin
Marian Baird AO
Marian Baird AO
Sarah Pink
Sarah Pink
Mark Griffin
Mark Griffin
Sarah Wheeler
Sarah Wheeler
Emma Campbell
Emma Campbell
Rosalind Croucher AM
Rosalind Croucher AM
Ross Gittins AM
Ross Gittins AM
Alison Pennington
Alison Pennington
Deborah Terry AO
Deborah Terry AO
Maggie Walter
Maggie Walter
Dan Woodman
Dan Woodman
Misha Ketchell
Misha Ketchell
Pauline Grosjean
Pauline Grosjean
Fethi Mansouri
Fethi Mansouri
Janeen Baxter
Janeen Baxter
Lee Godden
Lee Godden
Jude McCulloch
Jude McCulloch
Glyn Davis AC
Glyn Davis AC
Jane McAdam AO
Jane McAdam AO
Dylan Lino
Dylan Lino
Richard Holden
Richard Holden