The Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (ACHRC) is a network for groups engaged in Humanities-based research. Our aim is to connect Humanities researchers and centres, both within the Australasian region and internationally, and to promote relationships with cultural institutions and sector representative bodies in the wider community. We provide a virtual and physical hub for information about research opportunities and events, and seek to strengthen the public profile of research in the Humanities.



Alfred Deakin Research Institute Research Fellowships 

The appointee will undertake an agreed project in one or more of the following fields: Contemporary History; Heritage, Society and Environment; and  International Development.

Applications close 27 January. See the website for more details.

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ACHRC Annual Meeting: Alliances and Impacts: Sustaining Humanities Research in the 21st Century. October 13 & 14, Melbourne.

Theme: “Alliances and Impacts: Sustaining Humanities Research in the 21st Century”

Dates: 13 and 14 October 2014, with pre-meetings on 12 October

Location: University of Melbourne

Host: Professor Kate Darian-Smith

Regional Roadshow: Wednesday 15 October, at Federation University,

hosted by Dr Jane Mummery


Theme: “Alliances and Impacts: Sustaining Humanities Research in the 21st Century”

Dates: 13 and 14 October 2014, with pre-meetings on 12 October


To register: see

and choose ACHRC Annual Meeting Registration located under the School of Humanities heading.

Location: University of Melbourne

Host: Professor Kate Darian-Smith


Regional Roadshow: Wednesday 15 October, at Federation University Australia (Ballarat campus)

hosted by Cultural Enquiry Research Group (CERG), chaired by Dr Jane Mummery


Blurb: The 2014 Annual Meeting of the ACHRC, with the theme “Alliances and Impacts: Sustaining Humanities Research in the 21st Century,” will provide an opportunity for Humanities-based Researchers to come together to discuss the practicalities of Humanities research in and around centres, institutes and other groupings.


Forging new alliances is a strategic task for Humanities-based researchers. At the ACHRC, we want to take a wide view of what these alliances might be, including those between Humanities-centres, between institutions, between disciplines, sectors such as the GLAM sector, between nations and any other fruitful alliances that may support the growth and dissemination of Humanities-based research.


In the current uncertainty around how impact assessment and research quality assessment processes may be addressed in the next few years, the meeting will provide an opportunity for discussing current processes of impact assessment in the UK  and elsewhere as well as a platform for thinking about how impact assessment exercises should be handled in the Humanities, rather than adopting a one-size-fits all approach. Research excellence in the Humanities is different to research excellence in the sciences.  We want to enable a deeper conversation about impact and the Humanities.


The meeting will also provide an opportunity for the ACHRC to detail further the progress made in our Sustainability of Humanities Research Centres project, a project aimed at developing a detailed picture of Australian and New Zealand Humanities centres and the research that they conduct.  We will report on the results of the New Zealand survey of Humanities-based research centres now underway.


Pre-meetings, hosted on Sunday 12 October, will address issues of specific interest to new directors of centres, professional staff of centres,  and early career researchers.


For the first time, there will be a regional roadshow one-day event held to bring some of the ACHRC’s meeting’s discussion to regional researchers.  This year the event will be hosted at Federation University Australia’s Ballarat campus on Wednesday 15 October, hosted by the Cultural Enquiry Research Group (CERG).


For more information on the meeting and its associated elements, please contact Tully Barnett via email at or by phone on 08 8201 5478.

State Library of New South Wales Opens New Collection Space

The State Library of New South Wales has opened a new AMAZE gallery to show case curious objects in the library's collection, particularly from the Dixson collection which contains items such as the only extant Ned Kelly Wanted poster and James Cook's charts of New Zealand. 

To support engagement with the collection, the library has developed a smartphone app that can be used downloaded onto visitors' own devices or used on one of the library's devices.

See the library's exhibition space website for more information or listen to Dr Alex Byrne, director of the library, on Radio National's PM program via the podcast on the RN website.

Valuing the Humanities: A Forum from The Australian Academy of the Humanities

The Australian Academy of the Humanities "Valuing the Humanities" forum will take place Tuesday 19 February 2013 at the National Library of Australia in Canberra. Convened by Professor Mark Finnane FAHA, the public forum will draw together humanities expertise and perspectives to inform the Government’s deliberations around research impact assessment.

With panels titled Evaluating the Impact of the Humanities – Learning from International Experience, Understanding the Impact Agenda, and Evaluating the Humanities in Australia – Learning from the Excellence in Innovation for Australia Trial, the forum promises to unpack practical methods and policy implications for determining value in the Humanities in Australia.

The full programme is available here.

Professor Stuart Cunningham on Research Impact in the Humanities

5 December 2012

Professor Stuart Cunningham is quoted in The Australian this week on the news that an "impact measurement system" may be deployed alongside the Excellence in Research (ERA) process.

Cunningham, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence at Queensland University of Technology's Creative Industries faculty, argued that ``there are currently fewer standard indicators for impact in arts and humanities, and academics in these areas are perhaps less experienced in making what are essentially `business cases' for their impact.''  

While Vicki Thomson, executive director of the Australian Technology Network (ATN)  says the case study trial of impact found "no bias against arts and humanities case studies getting a rating of considerable or above, but it is harder to get an A rating". Read more  at The Australian website or through Factiva , or read The Conversation's take on it.

What should government research funding be spent on?

Director of the Centre for the History of Emotions, Professor Philippa Maddern, has responded to Opposition finance spokesman Andrew Rob's statement that research funding be directed to projects that support productivity and innovation, instead of "questional projects" such as the History of Emotions. Read more at The Australian. See also the University of Western Australia news site for Professor Maddern's response.




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