Welcome to the ACHRC

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The Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (ACHRC) is a network for groups engaged in Humanities-based research.  Our aim is to connect Humanities researchers and centres, both within the Australasian region and internationally, and to promote relationships with cultural institutions and sector representative bodies in the wider community.  We provide a virtual and physical hub or information about research and research strategy in the Humanities.

 

2019 ACHRC Humanities in the Regions Event: “Renewal” at the University of Newcastle 30 & 31 May 

 

(image: The Coal River or Port of Newcastle New South Wales, attributed to John William Lewin 1808)

In late May 2019, the School of Humanities and Social Science and the Centre for 21st Century Humanities will be hosting the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres’ Humanities in the Regions symposium with the theme of “Renewal”.

Held each year in a regional centre, the gathering provides an opportunity to share knowledge around the practicalities of conducting humanities research from a regional location.  Planned sessions featuring local and national experts will focus on grant writing for ARC and Categories 2 – 4 funding; establishing and maintaining research relationships with industry, in particular with GLAM; research collaborations between Humanities and Creative Arts; and using how teaching and research can be mutually supporting.

More information will be circulated early in 2019 about the venue and keynote speakers.

If you would like to be involved with organising or delivering a session, please email the local conveners:  Assoc. Prof. Nancy Cushing or Dr Julie McIntyre or ACHRC representatives Rachel Franks and Tully Barnett.

More detail coming soon

ACHRC Humanities in the Regions 2019

The University of Newcastle Thursday 30 May & Friday 31st May 2019

with an optional cultural tour on Saturday 1 June

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2018 ACHRC Annual Meeting: Creative Humanities Matters

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Artwork by Vendela Apro-Wellman

The Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres 2018 Annual Meeting and Arts Research in the Creative Humanities Showcase
19-20 November 2018 University of the Sunshine Coast’s Sippy Downs campus

Creative Humanities Matters provides a lively forum for the presentation and discussion of issues, information and engaging research from the creative humanities sphere. The colloquium addresses complex questions concerning notions of value in the cultural sector, and highlights how creative humanities research and practices involving creativity, multi-disciplinarity and critical thinking can contribute to our capacity to negotiate a rapidly changing world. The event includes keynote addresses from leading experts, panel discussions, workshops, book launches and a dramatic performance. Creative Humanities Matters showcases a range of initiatives including collaborations with collecting institutions, interdisciplinary and creative industry-focused projects, and creative outputs that respond to complex social and cultural issues.

For more information and to register see the colloquium website at the USC

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30 October 2018

The Advisory Board of the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (ACHRC) has today written to the Minister for Education to express its shock and disappointment over the culling by the then Minister for Education and Training, Mr Simon Birmingham, of eleven successful Australian Research Council (ARC) humanities grants in the award round of the last year. For a Minister who could claim no expertise in the relevant topics and disciplines to override a process of rigorous peer review and deny the opportunity to scholars whose projects had been deemed meritorious by their colleagues shows a lack of respect for due process and for the academic community at large. This is the exercise of arbitrary power and offensive to the principles of liberal democracy on which the parliamentary, as well as university, system is based. Besides occasioning pain and career retardation for the scholars whose work has been singled out, the Minister’s interference, as the President of the Academy of the Humanities writes, “damages Australia’s reputation on the world stage”. As an Australasian organisation, the ACHRC is already conscious of the negative impression the episode has left on Australia’s collaborators across the Tasman.

The research that has been conducted as a result of ARC funding by humanities scholars has made a vital contribution to the nation and beyond. Australian innovation and international competitiveness, however, depend upon transparent funding mechanisms that recognise and reward excellence in the work of all researchers, from early career to senior scholars. To meddle in this way risks more than just damaging our reputation, it risks downgrading and impoverishing the actual work we do.

We ask the Government, therefore, to reconsider the dangerous precedent this sets in respect of good governance and restore funding for those projects which the former Minister rejected.

 

— The Advisory Board of the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres

 

 

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