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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.

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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.

Past Speakers

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'.
Dr Theresa Petray
Event initiative by JCU

2020 Speakers

Our speakers list will be posted here from July 2020.

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Past Events
September 12, 2019
6:00 PM
This is a closed event for students in the Faculty of Arts at University of Melbourne. A Q&A event in association with an exhibition of prize-winning photography from the New York Times focusing on the way people engage visually with...
September 11, 2019
This is a closed event for students at Hobart College. Dr Catherine Robinson, Anglicare Tasmania and Applied Sociology Portfolio Leader for the Australian Sociological Association will speak with Hobart College students about her experience as co-host and sociological consultant on...
September 13, 2019
This is a closed event for students at Loyola College. Professor Dan Woodman from the University of Melbourne will talk to Loyola College students about the future of work and how careers of the future can be informed by a...
September 11, 2019
This is a closed event for Sociology VCE students at RMIT Urban School, Victoria. Dr Kathryn Daly from RMIT University will engage in a discussion with VCE Sociology students about the ways that Sociology approaches thinking about community and social...
September 11, 2019
This is a closed event for Global Politics VCE students at RMIT Urban School, Victoria. Associate Professor Tim Lynch from the University of Melbourne will engage in a discussion with students about Global Politics, including Syria and climate change.
September 11, 2019
This is a closed event for Sociology students at Ilim College, Victoria. Dr Diana Johns from the University of Melbourne will engage in a discussion with students about three topics: How is crime defined and who defines crime? Factors contributing...
Venues
Social Sciences Week events run at venues across Australia. In 2020, most events will also be held online.
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