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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.

2020 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
1:00 PM
As environmental crises intensify and we confront the political, social, economic and cultural impediments to addressing them, environmental scholarship has moved from being the preserve of the natural sciences and into the heart of the social sciences. Social scientists offer...
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...
September 7, 2020
2:00 PM
Imagine if we had to live through the physical isolation of a global pandemic without the internet and digital media – without Zoom, TikTok, FaceTime, Netflix, YouTube, or online learning. Digital media have allowed us to carry on in many...
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...
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.

2020 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

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
Social Sciences Week events run at venues across Australia. In 2020, most events will also be held online.
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