Australian Academy of the Humanities
The Australian Academy of the Humanities was established by Royal Charter
Royal Charter
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 in 1969 to advance scholarship
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 and public interest
Public interest
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 in the humanities
The humanities are academic disciplines that study the human condition, using methods that are primarily analytical, critical, or speculative, as distinguished from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural sciences....

 in Australia
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. To this end the Academy supports:
  • humanities research
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     through conferences, awards:
  • supports the diffusion of humanities research findings through publication subsidies and media promotion;
  • provides advice to government, industry, the media, and the community on matters concerning the humanities;
  • maintains collaborations with bodies concerned with national cultural prosperity;
  • maintains relations and exchanges with international bodies.

The Academy comprises a Fellowship of over 400 of the most influential humanists
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 in or associated with Australia. The 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.

The following ten disciplines serve as the Fellowship’s electoral sections:
  • Asian Studies
    Asian studies
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  • Classical Studies
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  • Cultural
    Cultural studies
    Cultural studies is an academic field grounded in critical theory and literary criticism. It generally concerns the political nature of contemporary culture, as well as its historical foundations, conflicts, and defining traits. It is, to this extent, largely distinguished from cultural...

     and Communication Studies
    Communication studies
    Communication Studies is an academic field that deals with processes of communication, commonly defined as the sharing of symbols over distances in space and time. Hence, communication studies encompasses a wide range of topics and contexts ranging from face-to-face conversation to speeches to mass...

  • English
    English studies
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  • European Languages and Cultures
    European studies
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  • History
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  • Linguistics
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  • Philosophy
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    , Religion
    Religious studies
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     & the History of Ideas
    History of ideas
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  • Prehistory
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     and Archaeology
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  • The Arts
    The arts
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Election to the Academy takes place at the Annual General Meeting
Annual general meeting
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, following nomination by Council on the advice of the ten electoral sections.

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

As of 31 December 2009, the Academy had Fellows, of which 397 are voting Fellows, 47 are overseas Fellows, and 71 are honorary Fellows.

Other academies

There are three other Learned Academies in Australia: the Australian Academy of Science
Australian Academy of Science
The Australian Academy of Science was founded in 1954 by a group of distinguished Australians, including Australian Fellows of the Royal Society of London. The first president was Sir Mark Oliphant. The Academy is modelled after the Royal Society and operates under a Royal Charter; as such it is...

 (AAS), the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
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 (ASSA), and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
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 (ATSE). They co-operate by means of the National Academies Forum
National Academies Forum
The National Academies Forum was replaced in May 2010 by the Australian Council of Learned Academies.The National Academies Forum was established in 1995 as the peak organisation for the four Australian learned academies...



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