Welcome to CHASS

The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) exists to raise awareness of humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) and their critical role in building the societies of the future. Throughout our history, we have sought to shape reform and positive change both drawing upon and gaining recognition for the strengths of the sector.

CHASS NATIONAL FORUM

Our annual forum brings together thought leaders and policy makers in HASS. The theme of the 2015 National Forum is 'Inspiring a Creative Australia'.


CHASS AUSTRALIA PRIZES

Join us as we honour distinguished achievements in HASS - Nominations for the 2015 CHASS Australia Prizes are open for limited time only, apply now!


From the Executive Director

Mark your dairies for interesting discussions and an extraordinary lineup of speakers at this year’s National Forum, which will be held on 15 and 16 October in Melbourne.


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2014 CHASS National Forum: Welcome to the 21st Century - Risk, Fear & Terror
2014 CHASS National Forum: Welcome to the 21st Century - Risk, Fear & Terror
Why has the 21st century emerged as such a confronting, and indeed often at times, terrifying, world? How did the late 20th century experience of consumer affluence and geopolitical stability transform so swiftly into 21st century social vulnerabilities and political uncertainties? In this provocative conversation, acclaimed UK public intellectual Frank Furedi discusses with Hawke Research Institute Director, Professor Anthony Elliott these and other issues which dominate our lives in these times. Ranging from the spread of new social risks to the globalization of terror, Furedi charts out a vision of world in which people must struggle to reclaim their independence and freedom. Video by http://www.smallbusinessvideo.com.au
2014 CHASS National Forum: Panel Discussion - The Impact of HASS Research
2014 CHASS National Forum: Panel Discussion - The Impact of HASS Research
Research empowers us to ask tomorrow’s questions today. As with other disciplines, the impact of research in the areas of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is not always immediately or directly noticeable. In this session, panelists will deliberate upon the demonstrable and sometimes not-so-demonstrable contribution that research in HASS areas makes to society and to our understanding of the future. Chair: Professor Jane Hall FASSA, Director of Strategy for the Centre and Professor of Health Economics, UTS Business School Participants: Professor Ian Chubb AC, Chief Scientist of Australia Professor Denise Meredyth, Executive Director - Humanities and Creative Arts, Australian Research Council Dr Christina Parolin, Executive Director, Australian Academy of the Humanities Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner FAHA, Founding Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland Video by http://www.smallbusinessvideo.com.au
2014 CHASS National Forum: Welcome to the 21st Century - Risk, Fear & Terror
2014 CHASS National Forum: Welcome to the 21st Century - Risk, Fear & Terror
Why has the 21st century emerged as such a confronting, and indeed often at times, terrifying, world? How did the late 20th century experience of consumer affluence and geopolitical stability transform so swiftly into 21st century social vulnerabilities and political uncertainties? In this provocative conversation, acclaimed UK public intellectual Frank Furedi discusses with Hawke Research Institute Director, Professor Anthony Elliott these and other issues which dominate our lives in these times. Ranging from the spread of new social risks to the globalization of terror, Furedi charts out a vision of world in which people must struggle to reclaim their independence and freedom. Video by http://www.smallbusinessvideo.com.au
2014 CHASS National Forum: A Planet Changing Species - Prof David Christian FAHA
2014 CHASS National Forum: A Planet Changing Species - Prof David Christian FAHA
In the last 200 years our species has become a planet-changing species. This is remarkable because it is the first time in the 4 billion year history of life on earth that a single species has played such a role. What is it about us? The Humanities surely have a crucial role to play in explaining and interpreting the remarkable role of human beings in the Anthropocene Epoch. Professor David Christian FAHA: David is by training a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union, but since the 1980s, has become interested in history at very large scales. He taught at Macquarie University, Sydney (1975-2000) before taking up a position at San Diego State University in 2001. In 2009 he returned to Macquarie University. He has written on the social and material history of 19th century Russian peasantry and a text book history of modern Russia, as well as a synoptic history of Inner Eurasia. In 1989, he began teaching courses on 'Big History', and in 2004, he published the first text on 'Big History', Maps of Time. He is the Director of the Macquarie University Big History Institute, which was founded in 2012. He is a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen [Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities]. He is a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Global History and Cambridge History of the World. In 2008, he was appointed as a James Marsh Professor-at-Large, University of Vermont, and also accepted appointments as a Research Fellow, Ewha Women's University, Seoul and as a Professor of History, Macquarie University. Over the next few years he will also be working with the support of Bill Gates to create an online course in Big History for high school students. in 2010, he became the inaugural president of the newly created International Big History Association. Video by http://www.smallbusinessvideo.com.au


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