Australian Academy of the Humanities

Australian Academy of the Humanities

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Non-profit_name = The Australian Academy of the Humanities
Non-profit_type = Incorporated by Royal Charter
founded_date = 1969
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location = Canberra, Australia
origins = The Australian Humanities Research Council
key_people = Graeme Turner, President; Mark Finnane, Treasurer; Graeme Clarke, Honorary Secretary; John Byron, Executive Director
area_served = Humanities
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Non-profit_slogan = Humani nihil alienum
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The Australian Academy of the Humanities was established by Royal Charter in 1969 to advance scholarship and public interest in the humanities in Australia. To this end, the Academy: supports excellent humanities research through conferences, awards, and the facilitation of major project initiatives; supports the wide diffusion of humanities research findings through publication subsidies and media promotion; provides expert advice to government, industry, the media, and the community on matters concerning the humanities; builds and maintains collaborations with other bodies concerned with national cultural prosperity; and builds and maintains relations and exchanges with allied international bodies.

The Academy comprises a Fellowship of over 400 of the most influential humanists in or profoundly associated with Australia. The approved abbreviation for a Fellow of the Academy is FAHA. The Academy is governed by a Council of Fellows and operated by a Secretariat. It is an independent not-for-profit organisation partly funded by the Australian government. It is a registered tax-deductible gift recipient.

The Academy’s mandate extends across ten clusters of disciplines that serve as the Fellowship’s electoral sections. These are:
*Asian Studies
*Classical Studies
*Cultural and Communication Studies
*European Languages and Cultures
*Philosophy, Religion & the History of Ideas
*Prehistory and Archaeology
*The Arts

Election to the Academy takes place at the Annual General Meeting, following nomination by Council on the advice of the ten electoral sections.

The current President, elected in November 2007, is Professor Ian Donaldson.

As of 31 December 2006, the AAH had 454 , of which 362 are voting Fellows, 39 are overseas Fellows, and 53 are honorary Fellows.

Other Academies

There are three other Learned Academies in Australia: the Australian Academy of Science (AAS), the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). They co-operate by means of the National Academies Forum (NAF).


* [ The Australian Academy of the Humanities Royal Charter and By-Laws]

External links

* [ The Australian Academy of the Humanities website]

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