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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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2021 Events
September 6, 2021
1:00 PM
How the calls to combat the pandemic turned into a show of political attitude. About this event The use of masks and vaccines to control and prevent the spread of the coronavirus have been a political flash point over the...
September 6, 2021
11:00 AM
Advances in neuroscience and epigenetics within the field of trauma research and practice have progressed rapidly over the last two decades. Yet, a therapeutic practice with its roots in the ancient connection with outdoor environment still offers simple living as...
September 6, 2021
6:30 PM
This online event will discuss applying the concept of intersectionality in participatory research with forcibly displaced and stateless women and girls, to explore their complex situations and to identify effective responses to sexual and gender-based violence and barriers to gender...
September 6, 2021
12:00 PM
If you have a difficult problem to solve, ask a social scientist! Why aren’t women politicians given senior roles in government? Are the spaces below our feet really terra nullius and if they are not, what’s down there? And, why...
September 6, 2021
12:30 PM
Project Information: The Campaign Explorer database and citizen science project is a Australia’s first ever large scale database of environmental collective action, designed to help activists and researchers design and implement effective grassroots activism to address our environmental challenges. The...
September 6, 2021
5:30 PM
Many of us are asking, where to from here while Australia remains in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic? No household has been untouched and Australia, once seen as a global success story for its pandemic response, is now facing...
September 6, 2021
5:30 PM
Youth Futures: Civic participation, social justice, and COVID-19 A Social Sciences Week event organised by the School of Social Sciences & Monash Arts Young people have had a particularly challenging time during COVID-19, with major disruptions to study, precarious and...
September 6, 2021
9:00 AM
Social Justice Matters is a short video essay competition for high school students – tell us what social justice issue you are passionate about, why it matters, and what we can do to address this issue. This competition is being...
September 6, 2021
12:00 PM
The University of Newcastle will kick off Social Science week with a thunderous celebration of the emerging social science scholarship and the rich diversity of inquiry happening within the disciplines of anthropology, sociology and criminology. We welcome you to a...
Previous Events
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 1, 2020
12:00 AM
Stigma and Suicide: Jane Pirkis on the mental health of men Join Professor Jane Pirkis, Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and Director of the Centre for Mental Health at the The University of Melbourne, along...
September 7, 2020
9:00 AM
The AFRAN association is delighted to participate in the Social Sciences Week to showcase the research undertaken by its members, especially projects, publications or other outputs that include franco-australian collaborations – we include any other francophone countries in this aspect,...
September 7, 2020
5:30 PM
There is a globalised imperative towards building security through the prevention of violent conflicts, and recognition that positive peace is achieved through political rather than military means. We know that the role of diplomacy in reducing the intensity of conflict...
September 7, 2020
1:00 PM
The Covid-19 pandemic presents the profoundest public health and economic crisis of our times. The seemingly impossible has happened: borders have closed, nations have locked down, and individuals have socially isolated for the collective good. We find ourselves involved in...
September 7, 2020
9:00 AM
For Social Sciences Week 2020, The Genders and Sexualities Thematic Group of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) is holding an online event to consolidate current sociological research regarding gender, sexuality and sporting cultures. On this website we will curate a...
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'.
Social Sciences Week events run at venues across Australia. In 2020, most events will also be held online.
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