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Ecological Enlightenment - 2012 Annual Theme


In the 1960s, James Lovelock formulated his Gaia hypothesis about the symbiosis of the earth’s intersecting ecosystems.  He posited a complex feedback loop that somehow maintains, as he put it, ‘an optimal physical and chemical environment for life on this planet’. Little did he know then that the catastrophic role of human agency in upsetting this symbiosis would gain such centrality in scientific debates forty years later. The human as geological agent is a relatively recent formulation.

Joint HRC/NLA events: Historians at work


The National Library and the Humanities Research Centre at ANU presented a series of discussions about 'Historians at Work', featuring prominent Australian historians in conversation among themselves and with the audience.

Historians and the media 

Thursday 30 August 2012
National Library Conference Room

With some notable exceptions, the traditional way for historians to publish the results of their research is through books and articles in scholarly journals.

2014 Humanities Research Centre Seminar Series


These Seminars will be held on selected Mondays from 4 – 5.30 pm, thoughout the year. The series will involve seminars by staff and Visiting Fellows of the Humanities Research Centre.

Convenors: Alastair MacLachlan .

Semester One 2014

2014 Conferences and Workshops


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2013 Annual Theme


Cities, Imaginaries, Publics

In 2013 we commemorate the centenary of Canberra. Given the location of our Centre in Australia’s bush capital, we propose to dedicate the year to thinking about the creation of urban spaces and the role of public imagination and affect in configuring them as sites of value. Contemplating the urban is to contemplate a fraught realm of emotions, passions, dreams and imaginaries. In making cities we remake ourselves, as one of the founding figures of urban sociology, Robert Park, said in the sixties.

Can humans manage the anthropocene: Australian carbon pricing in context

Friday, 15 June 2012 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Shine Dome, Academy of Science

Professor Ross Garnaut - CHCI Annual Conference on 'Anthropocene Humanities', hosted by the HRC

What a work of art is man. And of mind, and social organisation. The stunning acceleration of human achievement through the past several millennia and especially the last two centuries has emerged from a balance between individual ambition and capacity for altruism and social cohesion. Whether the towering achievements of modern civilization are available to all of humanity in the next generation and to any in the generations that follow depends on whether we are able to establish an old balance in unfamiliar circumstances.



19-21 December 2012

2013 Conferences


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2013 Conferences

21 - 22 February
Public Space and Commemoration
Dr Quentin Stevens, RMIT (HRC Visiting Fellow 2013). E:
Venue: SRWB #120, ANU

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