How can the Arts and Humanities Survive and Thrive in the 21st Century?

Tuesday 2nd May 2023 4pm

The arts and humanities expand our knowledge, help us understand what binds us together and what differentiates us from one another, and shape our everyday lives.

In our rapidly advancing technological society, what place do artists, historians, humanists, and politicians have? Do the arts and humanities need to fear globalization and digitization? Why are university degrees in the arts and humanities so expensive? What is the importance of human culture throughout time and how will research in this space transcend competing government priorities?

The Panel

Professor Joy Damousi AM - Dean of Arts and Humanities at ACU and Panel Chair

Professor Joy Damousi is the Dean of Arts and Humanities at ACU and an award-winning scholar of memory and war, migration history, and the history of emotions. She was recently made a Member (AM) in the Order of Australia for her significant service to social sciences and the humanities, to history, and to tertiary education. Her contributions to the field have earned her numerous accolades. Joy is also a former President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Australian Historical Association.

Prof Duncan Ivison - Professor of Political Philosophy at USYD

Professor Ivison is a political philosopher, who has held various leadership positions in the higher education sector, including Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney. He has also held appointments at other prestigious universities. He has made significant contributions to public debate and commentary, particularly in the areas of political and moral philosophy, as well as higher education policy and innovation. Professor Ivison's expertise, experience, and contributions have been recognised through various awards, including his election as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and the Royal Society of NSW.

Maggie Raworth - Journalist at Nine News and ACU Alumna

Maggie Raworth is a well-known news reporter for Nine News, one of Australia's leading television networks. She graduated from ACU with a Bachelor of Media and Communications in 2014 and a Graduate Diploma of Journalism from RMIT University in 2015.

Jason Steger - Literary Editor, The Age

Jason Steger is a British-born Australian journalist, working in both print and film media. He is currently the literary editor of the Melbourne broadsheet The Age, one of Australia's leading newspapers, a position he held for over a decade. He was one of three regular commentators on ABC TV's The Book Club. Jason has also worked as a journalist for The Herald and The Sunday Age.

Kate Fielding - CEO A New Approach 

Kate Fielding has led ANA since its inception in 2018, drawing together a unique alliance of people across the country in governance, advisory and staffing roles to create a foundation on which ANA could grow and thrive. In this time, ANA has been credited with contributing to a distinct shift in the conversation and knowledge about arts and culture in Australia. Prior to her role with ANA, Kate was the Chair of the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission in Kalgoorlie, and a member of the Board of the Australia Council for the Arts. She has been the Chair of Regional Arts Australia and of Country Arts WA, and was named a 40Under40 WA Business Leader in 2017.

Dr Kylie Brass - Director of Policy and Research

Dr Kylie Brass is the Policy and Research Director at the Australian Academy of the Humanities, where she leads a research and policy agenda focused on the future humanities workforce and national research infrastructure. She is co-author (with Professor Graeme Turner FAHA) of Mapping the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in Australia.

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