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Higher Education: Humanities and Social Sciences

History of University Life

Can the humanities and social sciences survive the Covid crisis?

This webinar explores the importance of the humanities and social sciences for our collective prosperity. We critique the current Commonwealth proposal for ‘job ready’ graduates and look back to past government interventions for what they tell us about the place of the humanities and social sciences in modern Australia.

Chaired by Julia Horne, Associate Professor in History, University Historian at the University of Sydney and co-convenor of History of University Life.


Joy Damousi is Professor of History and Director of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Australian Catholic University. She is currently President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and The Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA). She is also a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences and immediate past present of the Australian Historical Association. Professor Damousi has published widely on aspects of political history, memory and aftermaths of war, sound and war, women’s history, history of emotions, and the history of migration and refugees.

Michael Goodman is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Sydney. He has worked in a variety of university and NGO settings, including as the Associate Director of the Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Director of Programs at the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts and Letters. His current scholarship focuses on the history of humanities as integral to understanding the institutional idea of the university in the twentieth century.

Jane Hall is the current President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science. She is Distinguished Professor of Health Economics at UTS. She is one of the most high profile health economists in Australia with an international reputation built on both research contribution and policy analysis. Among her awards are the National Health and Medical Research Council Outstanding Contribution Award in 2017. She was named as one of Australian Financial Review/Westpac 100 Women of Influence in 2016.

Julia Horne is Associate Professor in the Department of History who works on the history of higher education in Australia from 1850 to the present-day. Her books include Sydney the Making of a Public University (Miegunyah Press, 2012, co-authored with Geoffrey Sherington) and Preserving the Past: The University of Sydney and the Unified National System of Higher Education 1987-96, (Melbourne University Publishing, 2017, co-authored with Stephen Garton).


Webinars in this special series are now available online:
Seminar 2: International Students and Australian Universities

Seminar 1: University Education is a Pathway to Employment

Future seminar dates for your diary in this special series

14 October | Higher Education Reform—where to now? @4-5pm
4 November | Current Crisis in Perspective @4-5pm
2 December |  Archiving University Life in the Age of Covid-19 @4-5pm

These online seminars are brought to you by History of University Life Sydney Research Seminar in Higher Education. History of University Life began in 2008 as a joint forum between the University of Sydney and St Paul’s college to discuss the history and role of universities in Australian life.

Many thanks for the support of St Paul’s College since 2008. And thanks, too, for the wonderful assistance for the 2020 online series provided by the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney.



On Zoom

For more information about the series please email the History of University Life convenors Click here to email

About registration

The Zoom webinar link will be sent as an email and calendar invite on the Monday prior to the event.

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Image: Honi Soit editorial group, 1949, University of Sydney Archives G3 224 0024


Sep 23 2020


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


This event is free





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