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Post date: 31 October 2017

Call for Papers | Frankenstein: 200 Years of Monsters


Post date: 10 April 2017

2018 Annual Theme announced


Post date: 6 April 2017

HRC Liaison Officer Awarded ARC Early Career Researcher Award

Congratulations to our wonderful Liaison Officer, Dr Greta Hawes, on receiving a prestigious Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).


Post date: 27 February 2017

Seminar Series Recommences for 2017

Welcome to our first 2017 Seminar Series speaker, Professor Srilata Ravi of the University of Alberta.


Post date: 13 December 2016

Annual Report - 2016 in Review



2016 Annual Report

People, Events, Ideas



Post date: 26 July 2016

400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's Death


On the 23rd of April, 2016, the HRC marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death with a discussion between ANU lecturer Dr Kate Flaherty and Professor Will Christie, Head of the HRC. The pair discuss our enduring fascination with Shakespeare and explain why, four hundred years after his death, we continue to re-visit and perform his works.





Post date: 15 July 2016

ANU Honorary Doctorate awarded to Emeritus Professor Ian Donaldson


ANU Honorary Doctorate

awarded to

Emeritus Professor Ian Donaldson
Former Head of the Humanities Research Centre





On the 13th July, Emeritus Professor Ian Donaldson, former head of the HRC, was awarded an honorary ANU doctorate (Doctor of the University, honoris causa) for his distinguished career in the humanities and the arts, especially as a scholar in English literature. A reception was held at the HRC to celebrate Ian's key role in its establishment of the Centre.

Prior to the conferring of his award, both Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt and Em. Prof. Donaldson delivered speeches for the occasion. Audio recordings are available here, via our Soundcloud.




Post date: 23 March 2016

Social Media


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Facebook, Twitter & SoundCloud


After nearly fourty-four years of scholarship, the Humanities Research Centre is reaching out into a new field. Social media. View and follow our FacebookTwitter, and SoundCloud to receive regular updates, access thought-provoking links and past recordings, and become an even more active part of our community. Another way to keep abreast of upcoming events.





Post date: 5 February 2016

2017 Visiting Fellow Applications Now Closed

2017 Theme: The Question of the Stranger




The 2017 round of Visiting Fellowship applications are now closed.

‘The cluster of words describing those who are (or who are made to seem) different from us (whoever ‘us’ is)—the foreigner, the alien, the stranger—has been critical in the articulation of how we live after 9/11’.

So wrote David Simpson in the study from which we take our theme for 2017.  The theme asks us to look at the way individuals and cultures have understood, represented, and dealt with strangers in their intellectual, linguistic, legal, cultural, and artistic traditions; the way the dialectic of the familiar and the foreign has become the very condition of understanding and organisation in the world we have created for ourselves to live in. The question of the stranger not only reaches back to the oldest human culture and earliest human imaginings, it also presents (arguably paradoxically) with a special urgency today, in the so-called ‘global’ age we currently inhabit. ‘Its ramifications are legal, ethical, and indeed comprehensively human’, writes Simpson: ‘who is welcomed and who is turned away? Who is a friend and who is an enemy? Who deserves the protection of the law and who is outside it? At what point does the working norm give way to the exception, and who gets to decide?’ Over the last 350 years, we have witnessed an Enlightenment project of cosmopolitan universalism that sought to overcome the conditioned estrangement of religion, race, gender, and country of origin by way of reason, science, or sympathy, break down in protracted war, cultural misunderstanding, ‘scientific’ racial stereotyping, and the birth of often aggressive forms of racism and nationalism. Indeed, it is precisely because we are everyday forging more and more global connections with peoples once geographically distant and culturally alienated that we need to engage with the question of the stranger as it continues to inform human thought and feeling and their critical and creative expression.

Will Christie
8 February 2016

About the Fellowship

2017 Guidelines

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2017 Referee Comment Form



Post date: 16 April 2015

Witnessing to Silence Catalogue

First HRC Art and Human Rights Exhibition 2003


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