Conference Overview

We’re pleased to announce this year’s DASSH Conference will be held in Adelaide from 18 to 20 September!

Building on the success of last year’s Conference, this year’s Conference will focus on connecting – connecting with other disciplines, connecting with community, connecting with industry, and connecting with each other.

Join with colleagues from across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand in Adelaide as we explore issues such as interdisciplinarity in teaching and research, partnering on policy, and the importance of community.

Stay tuned for more details!

Highlights from last year

  • David Ritter considered how DASSH and other leaders of our disciplines can achieve influence by drawing on the strategies, insights, and lessons of change-agents such as Greenpeace.
  • Alec Coles OBE FRSA, Dr Kristiann Allen and Prof John Phillimore shared their experiences engaging with government and outlined some of the strategies that our disciplines can adopt in developing effective relationships with government.
  • Dr Jacob Prehn and Jenny Fewster provided an overview of work being done in regards to Indigenous Data Sovereignty, including the establishment of the Governance of Indigenous Data Framework by the Australian Government.
  • Amber Cox and Assoc Prof Sarah Midford explored some of the key challenges around being deputy and associate leaders in humanities, arts and social sciences disciplines.
  • The Hon Dr Anne Aly challenged us to do a better job of highlighting the significant impact that humanities, arts and social sciences have across so many areas of Australian life.
  • Prof Matt McGuire, Prof Rhonda Marriott AM and Tom Goerke discussed the role that universities play in driving the knowledge economy and also touched on the importance of interdisciplinarity.
  • Prof Braden Hill, Assoc Prof Steve Kinnane and Mandy Downing shared their vision for a university sector that empowers First Nations communities and enriches the global academic landscape with diverse perspectives.
  • Prof Dolores Guerrero shared her experience of the challenges facing humanities, arts and social sciences in the United States while Assoc Prof Sarah Midford outlined current findings on the experiences of early and mid-career academics in our disciplines.
  • Prof James Arvanitakis provided an overview of the research being undertaken at the Forrest Research Foundation and spoke about the value that can be brought from HASS and STEM disciplines working together.
  • Prof Christina Twomey, Prof Anika Gauja and Prof Alison Ross outlined how the humanities, arts and social sciences can position themselves for successful relationships with the Australian Research Council and its important grant programs.
  • In addition to the wide array of speakers from around Australia and the world, we held the Network of Associate and Deputy Deans program as well as the Annual Deans’ Gathering and the DASSH Annual General Meeting.