2020 Annual Meeting

‘Humanities and…’

Mitchell Library, State Library NSW

2-4 December
Public Lecture: 2 December
Conference: 3-4 December
State Library NSW

The theme for the 2020 Annual Meeting is Humanities and….

Through this theme we will examine the various ways in which the humanities contribute to a wide variety of fields including medicine, law and the environment. Humanities and… is also about the humanities and the future and, critically, humanities and everyone; how the humanities enrich our lives.

This event is open to academics, students, independent scholars, those working across the cultural sector and anyone with an interest in the important roles that the humanities play in the world today.

This meeting is planned as a three-day event, commencing with a Public Lecture on the evening of Wednesday 2 December 2020 at the State Library of New South Wales.

This will be followed by keynote addresses, panel sessions and lightning talks over Thursday 3 December and Friday 4 December 2020.

For more information, please see the conference website.

Lightning Talks

We are delighted to host several pre-recorded lightning talks on ‘Humanities and…’ which will be released throughout the conference. From 3rd December onwards, talks will be available to watch on this page, or on our YouTube channel.

Watch this space!

‘The Humanities and the Politics of Cultural Evolution’
Dr Tully Barnett
Flinders University

‘Humanities: Illuminating the Science of Lighting’
Simon Dwyer
Independent Scholar

‘Humanities and… Community Groups’
Ruth Graham
CEO, Society of Australian Genealogists

‘Humanities and the Motion Picture Film Preservation Project’
Hoa Huynh and Keyeele Lawler-Dormer
State Library of NSW

‘Humanities and… Everyone? The Australian Subscription Library as a Case Study’
Brittani Ivan
Western Sydney University

‘Humanities and… Aboriginal Carvings’
Keyeele Lawler-Dormer and Hoa Huynh
State Library of NSW

‘Close and distant reading for policy development’
Dr Diana Newport-Peace
Flinders University

‘Digital Outputs of Humanities Research’
Rebekah Ward
University of Western Sydney


The Annual Meeting is being hosted by the State Library of New South Wales in collaboration with the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres and the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University, with special thanks to Dr Rachel Franks.