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Post date: 14 November 2012

2013/2014 HRC Internal Fellowships

The Humanities Research Centre is inviting applications for two ANU Internal Fellowships.
Call for Applications (PDF)
Supervisor's Approval Form (PDF)
Supervisor's Approval Form (DOCX)

Deadline: 15 January 2013

Contact: Dr Debjani Ganguly, HRC, ANU
Phone: 6125 9877


Post date: 24 July 2012

Bill Gammage wins Prime Minister's Literary Award for Australian History

23 July 2012: Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Arts Minister Simon Crean announced the winners of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards at the National library  of Australia.  Among the winners was Professor Bill Gammage, from the Humanities Research Centre, receiving the prize for the inaugural Prize for Australian history with his recently published book, The Biggest Estate on Earth, the result of 12 years  of scholarship.

In The Biggest Estate on Earth, Gammage reveals that Aboriginal Australians used complex land management systems to transform the continent into vast parklands reminiscent of an English country estate.

“The kind of landscape that Aborigines created before 1788 was a tapestry of patterns,” says Gammage in Park Life. “You had trees next to grass and grass broken up by clumps of trees, forest broken up by clearings and so on. It was a mosaic of different kinds of plant communities and that was true whether it was rainforest or spinifex.

“When Europeans first came to Australia, they assumed that what they saw was natural. They often described the landscapes as ‘parks’. Like the gentlemen’s parks in England...

“But it never occurred to them that the parks in Australia could have been made; it didn’t occur to them that ‘wandering savages’ could have done such a thing. So their common assumption was that they were seeing a natural landscape.”

Bill also comments that "Aboriginal people worked hard to make plants and animals abundant, convenient and predictable.

By distributing plants and associating them in mosaics, then using these to lure and locate animals, Aborigines made Australia as it was in 1788, when Europeans arrived," when he writes about his book on The Conversation.

Watch Professor Bill Gammage of the ANU Humanities Research Centre discussing his book The Biggest Estate on Earth.

For more information, see:

    the article in the Sydney Morning Herald
    the ministers' award shortlist media release
    Park Life, an interview with Professor Gammage in February 2012

The Biggest Estate on Earth is published by Allen & Unwin and can be purchased online from the University Coop Bookshop.

To view video recording:


Post date: 4 July 2012

HRC June 2012 Newsletter


Post date: 3 July 2012

CHCI 2012 conference ‘Anthropocene Humanities’ convened at ANU


Post date: 18 June 2012

Can Humanity Manage the Anthropocene: The Challenge of Climate Change

Professor Ross Garnaut

Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow and Professorial Fellow in Economics,
The University of Melbourne

Copy of this paper view here.

This Public Lecture was presented as part of the
Anthropocene Humanities
The 2012 Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes
Hosted by the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
13-16 June 2012


Post date: 16 November 2011

2013 Visiting Fellowship Program (closed)

Annual Theme: Cities, Imaginaries, Publics

The HRC is now accepting applications for the 2013 Visiting Fellowship Program.

Deadline: Tuesday, 15th March 2012.

These fellowships are open to everyone who meets the eligibility criteria.

Please read guidelines.

Guidelines download here (796KB pdf file)

Application form download here (147KB pdf file)

Referees Comment form download here (170KB pdf file)

For more information contact Programs Manager, Leena Messina. E:


Post date: 18 May 2011

2012 HRC Internal Fellowship (NEW)

The Humanities Research Centre is inviting applications for two ANU Internal Fellowship.


Post date: 28 March 2011

HRC to host the 2012 CHCI Annual Conference


Post date: 28 March 2011

ANU Stanford Workshop Collaboration

The HRC and the Stanford Humanities Centre have entered into a collaboration to host workshops and facilitate scholarly exchange in 2011-2012.


Post date: 16 November 2010

2012 Visiting Fellowship Program (Closed)


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