Conference Overview

Our theme this year invokes the multiple windows of time ahead of us, and how different future environments may evolve in ways that shape and are shaped by Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

Now, Then, Later

In the next 12 months, there are pressing questions about policies on research and research funding, learning and teaching in a post-covid world, and the strategic challenges for humanities in higher education.

For Queensland, the ten-year time horizon brings the prospect of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which are premised on climate positivity and genuine progress toward reconciliation. Beyond Southeast Queensland, Prime Minister Albanese has committed to enacting the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Pursuing these priorities will build a bracingly different Australia. What priorities and opportunities will humanities, arts and social sciences be able to press in this decade? What do we need to learn in order to make useful contributions?

The world, and humanities, arts and social sciences will be very different by 2050. Will it be a dystopia or a utopia or somewhere in between? What resources and risk mitigation do we need to develop now? And what resilience can we build into our systems to survive the threats we can’t see coming.


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Day 1


S02 7.07,  The Webb Centre,
Griffith University, South Bank Campus  

NOADD Half-day Conference

  • 1-1:30pm Introduction and plan for NOADD in 2023
  • 1:30pm Indigenous Knowledge in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Research and Leadership
    • Associate Professor Shino Konishi
  • 3pm Break
  • 3:30pm Dancing with Teaching and Research: It takes two to tango
    • Professor Craig Batty (UniSA)
    • Dr Elizabeth Ellison
    • Assoc Prof Meghan Kelly
    • Mia Lindgren

Deans Venue

The Ship Inn
Cnr Stanley & Sidon Streets
Southbank Parklands, Brisbane

Deans Schedule

  • 1-1:30pm DASSH Deans’ Annual Meeting
  • 4 – 5pm Annual General Meeting

Day 1


The Ship Inn
Cnr Stanley & Sidon Streets
Southbank Parklands,

Evening – All welcome

  • 5pm Drinks and canapés

Day 2


Queensland University of Technology
360 Room
Garden Point Campus



  • 8:30am Welcome to Country: Greg Egert, QUT Elder in Residence
    Welcome to QUT VC Professor Margaret Sheil AO
    Welcome from DASSH President Professor Catharine Coleborne
  • 9:00am Government address: Mr Graham Perrett MP, Federal Member for Moreton, Queensland
  • 9:45am Major General Mick Ryan AMHow HASS will always win against an authoritarian regime
  • 10:30am Morning tea
  • 11:00am Q&A Australian Research Council CEO Ms Judi Zielke and Professor Sue DoddsHere’s your chance to have your questions about all things ARC answered by the Australian Research Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Judi Zielke PSM. Judi joined the ARC on 1 February 2022. Her leadership comes at a pivotal time with the Minister for Education, the Hon Jason Clare MP, recently calling for an independent review into the ARC and its enabling legislation.
    • Judi Zielke
    • Professor Susan Dodds
  • 12:00pm COVID Impacts: Sharing best practice workshop
  • 1:00pm Lunch


  • 2:00pm Presidential crosstalk
  • 2:45pm Afternoon tea
  • 3:00pm Four perspectives on Indigenising the curriculum
    • Professor Kate Darian-Smith
    • Associate Professor Aroha Harris
    • Dr Michael Guerzoni
    • Professor Hēmi Whaanga
  • 6-10pm Dinner at Customs House
    399 Queen Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

Day 3


Queensland University of Technology
360 Room
Garden Point Campus


  • 9-11am HASS 2050: a future-proofing workshop
    Convened by Professors Kim Wilkins and Heather Zwicker
    • Professor Kim Wilkins
    • Professor Heather Zwicker
  • 11am Morning Tea
  • 11:15am Closing address: Professor Sandy O’Sullivan
    • Professor O’Sullivan
  • 12-12:30pm Lunch

Session Recordings

The 2022 DASSH Conference themed Now, Then, Later, marked the first time since 2019 that our member Deans and Associate and Deputy Deans gathered together in one place. Strong themes of engagement with policy makers, decolonisation and inclusion emerged with inspiring and challenging presentations from a number of Australian and New Zealand speakers as well as representatives of government.

Below are a collection of recorded sessions, made available free of charge to those who were unable to attend and other people outside of the immediate DASSH network. Captions have been auto-generated.

Closing address: Professor Sandy O’Sullivan

Major General Mick Ryan AM

‘How HASS will always win against an authoritarian regime’

While PM Albanese has set many new priorities, investment in Defence was identified well in advance of the election, and has been building for years. From the Labor Party’s pre-election policy briefing: “Defence plans to invest $270 billion dollars in new, advanced capabilities over the next decade, including around $3 billion dollars directly on defence innovation. These major investments provide a unique opportunity to develop sovereign industrial capability, a more advanced manufacturing sector, and secure, decent, long-term jobs for Australians.” HASS ignores this strategic opportunity at its peril.

Interdisciplinary Presidential cross-talk

Four perspectives on Indigenising the curriculum

Indigenous knowledges and values are now acknowledged as crucial to curriculum development in the HASS disciplines as to the wider project of cultural inclusivity, equity and decolonisation. This panel discussion examines the approaches taken by universities in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand in Indigenising the curriculum, and the implications for student engagement, teaching delivery and critical learning processes.

Government address: Mr Graham Perrett MP, Federal Member for Moreton, Queensland