Monthly Archives: December 2015

Great news for History at Melbourne

From the Vice-Chancellor

Jane Hansen’s gift a landmark for History at Melbourne

23 November 2015
Colleagues,

It is a great pleasure to advise the University will receive a gift worth $10 million, $8 million of which will form The Hansen Trust to support the teaching of History at Melbourne.

This is the largest gift to the Faculty of Arts in its history. It provides for a new Chair in History, endowed in perpetuity, three Level B lectureships funded for a period of five years, a PhD scholarship of $30,000 to be awarded every year in perpetuity, and (with input from the Faculty of Arts) the appointment of a Level C Continuing position.

A philanthropist active in supporting many public bodies including the Melbourne Theatre Company, Jane Hansen is a donor with a deep appreciation for the transformational power of great teaching, and passionate belief in the importance of the study and teaching of history.

Benefactors Jane Hansen and Paul Little hope to put History at Melbourne in the forefront of innovation in tertiary teaching. They aim to provide students at the University of Melbourne with an outstanding education in History, and increase the public visibility of History as a vital field of knowledge.

The University is deeply grateful to be the beneficiary of Jane Hansen’s passion for scholarship, and her vision in supporting the teaching of history at Melbourne.

Glyn Davis

Fellowship in Australian Academy of the Humnanities

The Australian Academy of the Humanities has elected 23 new Fellows at its Annual General Meeting on 28 November, the highest honour for achievement in the humanities in Australia.

“We’re delighted to welcome this impressive group of scholars to the Academy”, said President of the Academy, Professor John Fitzgerald FAHA. “Their election is testament to the excellence and influence of their work.”

“Collectively, they have made an outstanding contribution to our communities, to the nation and to the world.”

The twenty-one leading academics are leaders in their areas of study, ranging from Southeast Asian languages to the history and philosophy of science, Chinese literature and art, the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, women’s studies, the New Testament, Victorian art and culture in Australia, and Australian Aboriginal archaeology.

Two Honorary Fellows were also elected, in recognition of their distinguished contribution to the public life of the humanities and the arts, both in Australia and internationally.

New Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2015 include:

Trevor Burnard
School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, The University of Melbourne
One of the world’s pre-eminent scholars in transatlantic slavery and early American history.

About the Australian Academy of the Humanities One of Australia’s four learned academies, the Australian Academy of the Humanities advances knowledge of, and the pursuit of excellence in, the humanities in Australia for the benefit of the nation. Established by Royal Charter in 1969, its elected Fellows are leaders and experts in the broad disciplinary groups which share a common and central concern with human behaviour and culture. Fellows are elected to the Academy through a rigorous peer nomination process, while Honorary Fellows are proposed directly by Council and are elected by the Fellowship at the Annual General Meeting. Indication of Fellowship is given through the use of the post-nominal ‘FAHA’.
MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Dr Tina Parolin, Executive Director, Australian Academy of the Humanities
christina.parolin@humanities.org.au or tel +61 2 6125 9860 www.humanities.org.au @HumanitiesAU

HASS speed dating

Barclay introduces listeners to the Speed Dating for Humanities, …

– 09 Dec 2015 8:05PM
– AM Radio: Radio National, Canberra, Big Ideas, Paul Barclay

Barclay introduces listeners to the Speed Dating for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Researchers. he says it’s where humanities and social science researchers each get three minutes to pitch their work. Trevor Burnard, The University of Melbourne, says he looks at small countries like Jamaica and the British Caribbean. He discusses the history of these countries. He says Australia never had formal slavery, but some prominent Australians were slave owners or the descendants of slaves, mentioning Sir Henry Barkley, who opened the National Gallery of Victoria; Sir Edmond Barry, who established the University of Melbourne. He believes studying slavery helps us understand the big questions of morality and human behaviour. Dr Deborah Dempsey, Swinburne University, discusses the climate of political protest about same sex marriage and rights. She says same sex marriage represents the final frontier in the fight for relationship equality now. She discusses her research into the family lives of same sex attracted Australians. Dr Heather Gaunt, Ian Potter Museum of Art, discusses research into the idea that having medical students take art study classes impact their level of compassion when dealing with patients. Dr Jane Mummery, Federation University, says we’re appalled at exposes of puppy factories and animal cruelty, but notes inhuman killing of pest species is ignored. She says animal welfare was described by the Australian Journal of Law Reform as Australia’s next great social justice issue. Dr Anna Poletti, Monash University, discusses how cardboard boxes has become a technology of self-documentation. Associate Professor Roman Spaaij, Victoria University, discusses terrorism, saying recently events like the Parramatta shooting and the Sydney Siege highlight the complexity of the issue. He says the public expected authorities to do their utmost to prevent attacks. Dr Michael Theophilos, Australian Catholic University, discuss the method of using landfills as a way of dumping rubbish. Professor Kim Vincs, Deakin University, discusses embodied movement design.

– ASR: AUD 181,181
– Country: Australia
– State: National
– Duration: 26 mins 56 secs
– Size: 26 mins 56 secs cm²

– Audience:
14,000 All ; 4,000 Male 16+ ; 10,000 Female 16+
– Item ID: V00064220238