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The Social Sciences are key to understanding humanity, society and the institutions which govern our daily lives.

Social Sciences Week is a week-long series of events held across Australia each September offering insight into the impact of the social sciences on our lives.

It is an initiative of several of Australia’s Social Sciences associations and is coordinated by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

2021 Events
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Previous Events
DUE TO ILLNESS, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED Public Lecture 6pm drinks and canapés Anthony Elliott   In this provocative lecture, Cambridge-trained sociologist Anthony Elliott argues that much of what passes for conventional wisdom about the AI Revolution is either ill-considered...
September 9, 2020
2:00 PM
In this ‘mini’ online WA Migration Update webinar panel, from UWA’s Migration Mobilities and Belonging group, we consider the effects of Covid-19 on migration and ethnic minorities in Australia. This includes issues for international students and temporary visa holders, the...
September 10, 2018
[This is a closed event for Sociology students at Korumburra Secondary College, Victoria]  Dr Max Holleran and Professor Dan Woodman from the University of Melbourne will engage in a discussion with students about social movements – including the different types...
September 10, 2018
11:30 AM
As part of the national Social Sciences Week, CHASS is organising a series of free public events in collaboration with publishers Routledge-Taylor & Francis and The Conversation. Called ‘Social Sciences Stars’, this series will be held in three cities – Canberra, Sydney and...
September 10, 2018
12:30 PM
The Policy Lab at The University of Melbourne has been studying the rapid growth of public sector innovation labs around the world. These labs employ a range of social science and other methods and are seen as a mechanism for...
September 10, 2018
6:00 PM
There is a Q&A forum event, with the theme ‘crimes against women’ that has very interesting guest speakers including; Mark Morri – a crime author and journalist who would be most commonly known for his published book ‘Remembering Anita Cobby’. Other guest...
Speakers & Events
Our speakers represent some of Australia’s leading experts from areas spanning the breadth of disciplines contained within the social sciences. Expect talks on everything from anthropology, demography and economics, to linguistics, political science, psychology, just to name a few.

Previous Speakers

Professor Marcia Langton AO, FASSA
Marcia Langton AO holds the foundation chair in Australian indigenous studies at the University of Melbourne in the Faculty of Medicine. In 2016 she became distinguished professor and in 2017, associate provost.
Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC, QC, FASSA
Professor Raewyn Connell FASSA
Dr Theresa Petray
Event initiative by JCU
Magda Szubanski AO
Magda Szubanski AO is a multi award-winning actor, author and reluctant activist. Watch the 'Thrown to the Lions' video.
Prof Anthony Elliot
ANTHONY ELLIOTT is Research Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of the Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of South Australia. Watch 'AI Is Not What You Think Video'.
Venues
Social Sciences Week events run at venues across Australia. In 2020, most events will also be held online.
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