Humanities in the Regions

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The Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (ACHRC) is the peak representative body for Humanities research centres and institutes in Australia and New Zealand. In 2015, the ACHRC established a group dedicated to promoting Humanities-based research in regional areas of Australia, and to cascading peak body, state-of-play knowledge throughout regional institutions. The aim is to build research capacity, connectivity and institutional knowledge for Humanities research. One of our most successful member initiatives is “Humanities in the Region,” which acknowledges that research in the humanities is different in regional universities than it is in Group of 8 universities.


Humanities in the Regions Events

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2017 Conference: “Impact, Engagement and Connectivity”
18-19 May 2017
University of New England, Armidale

This two-day event combines presentations on practical aspects of working on Humanities-projects from the regions, expertise in collaboration and grant writing partnerships, and workshops aimed at generating research outcomes. Register here

Participants will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from a range of peak body organisations, and to learn strategies for building strong research connections across universities and cultural institutions at both local and international levels. A range of workshops have also been designed to collaboratively explore key issues in our research practice:

  • How do researchers in the Humanities build meaningful connections beyond their regional setting?
  • How do we build partnerships to demonstrate and accentuate our impact within our regions?
  • How do we develop strategies to maximise and communicate the benefits of our unique research environments when applying for grants?

Over two days, participants will hear keynote addresses from leading researchers and be invited to participate in panel discussions, as well as engage in workshops on key topics with peers. The workshops will give opportunities to discuss ideas with expert mentors and to reflect on how best practice can be applied at home institutions. Co-hosted by The School of Humanities, University of New England, and the ACHRC, the event will stimulate debate on future trajectories for research, will build cross-institutional connections and research synergies, and will enable strategies for funding success.

Professor Melanie Oppenheimer (Flinders University, ARC College of Experts)
Professor Keir Reeves (Federation University)

The event is free but registration is essential. Register here.

For more information contact Dr Tully Barnett, Associate Director, ACHRC:

Draft program:

DAY 1: Thursday, 18 May 2017
9.00-9.30 Welcome to Country – Elders of the Kamillaroi & Anaiwan peoples.

Opening Remarks –  A/Prof. Richard Scully, Chair of Research, School of Humanities (University of New England)

The ACHRC and ‘Humanities in the Regions’ – Revisiting the Organising Principles of the initiative

• A/Prof. Robert Phiddian (Flinders University) Director, ACHRC

• Dr Jane Mummery (Federation University) & A/Prof. Lisa Chandler (University of the Sunshine Coast), Co-chairs of the Humanities in the Regions.

9.30-11.00 SESSION 1: Indigenous Research and Researchers

 • Dr Lorina Barker (University of New England)

• Arts Creative Practice HDRs (University of New England)

• Dr Mark Moore (University of New England)

11.00-11.30 MORNING TEA
11.30 -1.00 SESSION 2: Value, Culture and Regional Organisations
• Mr Robert Heather (Director, NERAM)

• A/Prof. Lisa Chandler (University of the Sunshine Coast)

• Dr Tully Barnett (Flinders University)

Followed by discussion

1.00-2.00 LUNCH
2.00-3.30 SESSION 3: ARCs and Grant Writing for DECRA, Discovery, Linkage and Fellowships
Keynote Speaker:

• Professor Melanie Oppenheimer (Flinders University)

Responding Panel:

• Fiona Utley, Libby Magann (University of New England Research Services)

4.00-5.00 SESSION 4: Workshop: ARC, ERA, Research Environment


• Professor Anne Pender (University of New England);

• Professor Melanie Oppenheimer (Flinders University)


  • Break into small groups to write a research environment statement OR think through some of the key challenges you have had in writing a research environment statement
  • Small groups report back to the large group.
5.00-6.00 Drinks and Nibbles
7.30-late DINNER – Red Grapevine


 DAY 2: Friday, 19 May 2017
9.30-10.30 SESSION 1:   School of Humanities Research Seminar:
• Emeritus Professor Graham Maddox (University of New England)

Republicanism in the Interregnum

10.30-11.00 MORNING TEA
11.00-12.00 SESSION 2: Humanities Research and Research Funding – Challenges and Opportunities
• Professor Heiko Daniel (University of New England) Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research
12.00-12.45 LUNCH
12.45-2.00 SESSION 3: Research and Engagement Strategies for Regionally-Based Humanities Research Centres.
Keynote Speaker: Professor Keir Reeves (Federation University)

Responding Panel:

• Professor Howard Brasted (Asia-Pacific, University of New England)

• A/Prof. David Roberts (Heritage Futures, University of New England)


2.30-4.00 SESSION 4: Research and Collecting Institutions
• Dr Bronwyn Hopwood & UNEMA (University of New England)

• Dr Robert Clarke, (University of Tasmania)

• Dr Marty Branagan & Peace Collection, Dixson (University of New England)

• Dr Rachel Franks, (State Library of New South Wales)


From 4.00 SESSION 5: Closing Remarks & Thanks accompanied by Drinks and nibbles
A/Prof. Richard Scully (UNE)

• Planning the next steps for the initiative

‘Humanities in the Regions’… 2018 and beyond….

LAST FLIGHT – QANTASLINK: 5.10pm  (Armidale to Sydney)

LAST FLIGHT – REX: 5.35pm  (Armidale to Sydney)

Register for the 2017 Humanities in the Regions event here



Previous ACHRC Humanities in the Regions Events

Humanities in the Regions 2016

University of Wollongong

28-29 September 2016

Co-hosted by the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres and the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong

The event was presented with the support of Council for Humanities Arts Social Sciences,  Regional Universities Network,   Federation University Australia, and the University of Wollongong.


Humanities in the Regions 2015

“Building Capacity Through Connectivity and Knowledge”

University of Southern Queensland

13-14 April 2015

Co-hosted by the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres and the University of Southern Queensland‘s Toowoomba campus


Co-chairs of the initiative:
Dr Jane Mummery, Federation University Australia (Ballarat Campus); and
Dr Lisa Chandler, University of Southern Queensland.

For more information or to become involved contact Tully Barnett