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AAH contribution to World Humanities Report

The World Humanities Report, Australian Academy of the Humanities, October 2023

Providing insight into where and how the humanities are practiced around the globe, and to offer a set of recommendations for the humanities in the twenty-first century.

About the project

The World Humanities Report is a landmark international initiative designed to explore the current state of the humanities and showcase the contributions of the humanities to knowledge and society.

The initiative is led by the US-based Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) on behalf of the International Council of Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), with support from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.]


  • open-access digital working papers from participating research teams
  • a published report
  • a set of policy recommendations designed to inform the future framework agreement between CIPSH and UNESCO and serve as a point of reference for UNESCO’s next midterm strategy assessment.

Our contribution

Australia’s contribution to the project draws on several current Academy projects, including:

The report includes a reflection on the distinctiveness of the humanities in Australia, including:

  • Indigenous knowledge – how more than 60,000 years of Australian Indigenous knowledge transforms perspectives on contemporary issues from environmental sustainability and restorative justice, to cultural competence and engaged social policy.
  • Collaboration and infrastructure – exploring new ways research is being conducted and platforms and investment needed to digitally preserve and share cultural and social data.
  • Community engagement – revealing the vital role of regional and rural Australia and primary and secondary education to increasing public value in the humanities.
  • Humanising the Future – showcasing Australian research that focuses on initiatives, debates and current progress of human/machine interactions and automated decision-making.

Expert working group

The Academy is leading the Australian contribution, with an expert working group chaired by Immediate Past Academy President Professor Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA and comprising Academy Fellows:


The working group is supported by the Academy’s Director Policy & Research Dr Kylie Brass.