2011 Annual Meeting

Networking the Humanities: The Inaugural Meeting of the ACHRC

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The ACHRC held its inaugural meeting in Adelaide, hosted by Flinders University in partnership with RiAus, on 25-26 July 2011. The meeting was held at the landmark Science Exchange building in the Adelaide CBD.

This event was designed to connect Humanities research centres and cultural institutions from across Australia and invite participation in a series of practical sessions, while also introducing the ACHRC.

Professor Srinivas Aravamudan, President of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) and Dean of Humanities at Duke University, was the inaugural guest speaker.



Monday, 25 July:

10.00 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. Welcome, opening remarks
10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Session One: Assessing What Matters in Humanities Research
12.30 p.m. – 1.30 p.m. Lunch
1.30 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. Session Two: Working in New Ways with Collections
3.00 p.m. – 3.30 p.m. Afternoon tea
3.30 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. Session Three: Keynote Address, Professor Srinivas Aravamudan,
followed by discussion
5.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. Drinks, hosted by CHASS

Tuesday, 26 July:

9.00 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.  Session Four: “Thinking Big” in the Humanities, featuring Success Models
10.30 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.  Morning tea
11.00 a.m. – 12.30p.m.  Session Five: ACHRC Inaugural General Meeting
12.30 p.m. – 1.30 p.m.  Lunch
1.30 p.m. – 3.00 p.m.  Session Six: Networking, Finding Opportunities and Connections
3.00 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.  Closing remarks




Session One: Assessing What Matters in Humanities Research

Participating Chair: Professor Richard Maltby
Panellists: Dr John Byron, Senior Advisor (Science and Research) to Kim Carr
Dr Rick Mohr, University of Wollongong
Professor Iain McCalman, University of Sydney

In light of the recent decision to dispose of journal rankings, there is a greater opportunity to influence the development of research assessment processes. This session will discuss what is important to the Humanities, and focus on how the sector can most effectively contribute to shaping these processes.

Session Two: Working in New Ways with Collections

Participating Chair: Margaret Anderson, CEO, History Trust of South Australia

Panellists: Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, Director General, National Library of Australia

Associate Professor Rachel Ankeny, University of Adelaide, ARC project with the Migration Museum

Darren Peacock, Director of Sweet Technology and former Director of Information and Communications Technology at the National Museum of Australia.

This session will give Humanities researchers the opportunity to find out from collecting institutions what they see as potential connections, and what research they think would be interesting for the Humanities to pursue.

Session Three: Keynote address, Srinivas Aravamudan

Introduction: Associate Professor Debjani Ganguly, ANU

Speaker: Professor Srinivas Aravamudan, Duke University / CHCI

This is a 90 minute session. As the theme of our conference is ‘Networking the Humanities’, Professor Aravamudan will give an overview of CHCI and other Humanities networks in the international context.

Session Four: “Thinking Big” in the Humanities/featuring Success Models

Participating Chair: Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley, Macquarie University

Panellists: Professor Stuart Cunningham, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, QUT

Professor Jane Davidson, ARC Centre for Excellence in the History of Emotions, UWA

Kerry Kilner, Director, AustLit, and School of English, Media Studies and Art History, UQ

Drawing on the expertise of panellists involved in successful, large-scale Humanities initiatives, this session will focus on current and prospective models for thinking big in the Humanities.

Session Five: ACHRC Inaugural General Meeting


Chair: Assoc Professor Robert Phiddian

This meeting will serve a dual purpose: first, to make the governance, policies, and legislation of the ACHRC official; second, Dr Christina Parolin, Executive Director of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, will launch the ACHRC’s website.

Session Six: Networking, Finding Opportunities and Connections

Participating Chair: Dr Paul Arthur, Chair, Australasian Association for Digital Humanities and Deputy Director of the National Centre of Biography, ANU

Panellists: Associate Professor Debjani Ganguly, Head, Humanities Research Centre, ANU

Angela Magarry, Director, CHASS

Dr Amrita Mahli, The International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding, UniSA

This session will focus on networks and opportunities for Humanities-based researchers, which includes discussion about: CHCI/Mellon initiative; Australasian Association for the Digital Humanities; International Meeting of CHCI in Sydney/Canberra in 2012.


CHASS Member Networking Drinks

On Monday, 25 July the Board of CHASS (Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences) hosted networking drinks for its South Australian members, to which all delegates of ‘Networking the Humanities’ are also warmly invited.

The drinks will take place in the Science Exchange Auditorium from 5.00 – 6.00 p.m.



RiAus, The Science Exchange
55 Exchange Place, Adelaide

All sessions will be held in the Boardroom.


Entrance to the Science Exchange for functions is through the main doors located on the south side of the building in McHenry Street.

Public parking is available at Wyatt Car Park, eastern side between Grenfell and Pirie Streets, Grenfell Car Park, 90-100 Grenfell Street, adjacent to Harris Scarfe, and Topham Car Park, 52-54 Waymouth Street, between Currie and Waymouth Streets.  Metered street parking is available on Pirie Street.


To Register:

Please fill out this form and email it to info@achrc.net by 5 July 2011.


Options close to the venue include:


Majestic Roof Garden Hotel (55 Frome Street, Adelaide)


Medina Grand Adelaide Treasury (2 Flinders Street, Adelaide) 

The Sebel Playford Adelaide (120 North Terrace, Adelaide)

Stamford Plaza Adelaide (150 North Terrace, Adelaide) 


This event has been made possible by the generous support of the following institutions:

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