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Date: Friday 25 November, 2022

Venue: Swinburne University, Innovation Hub. Hawthorn Campus or online

Time: 11am -5pm

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THE 2022 Annual conference of the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Researchers and Centres (ACHRC) will be presented in partnership with the School of Social Sciences, Media, Film and Education at Swinburne University of Technology as part of the 2022 Congress of HASS.

The practice of thinking big to explore and create new forms of knowledge and innovation across our distributed areas requires outreach, extensions, listening, experimentation, and working outside the comfort zone of university-based researchers. It necessitates working collaboratively via strong networks across disciplines, regions, institutions, communication styles and sectors. It requires innovation, and engagement with what “value” means for different people, communities, industries, and scholarly fields.

This conference brings together speakers from different fields and industries with expertise in big thinking practices in and beyond the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) pertaining to knowledge sharing, digitization and media creativity in different spheres. It showcases sector-leading examples, and encourages new pathways for seeding new ideas, perspectives, and models of practice.


In-person conference registration (including catering) is free for staff members and students of centres affiliated with ACHRC. For information about how to become an ACHRC member please go here.

Conference program

PANEL 1. CREATIVITY (11am-12noon)

“Developing a Manifesto for Creative Research Excellence”

The panel asks what a data-driven future looks like for creative research in Australian tertiary institutions and what creative research reporting looks like designed from the ground up.


• Professor Craig Batty, University of South Australia, Executive Dean Creative & Interim President DDCA

• A/Professor Susan Kerrigan, Swinburne University of Technology

• Professor Daniel Palmer, RMIT University

• Dr Tully Barnett, Flinders University (Panel co-chair)

• A/Professor Grayson Cooke, Southern Cross University (Panel co-chair)

PANEL 2. TRAINING (12:15-1:15 pm)

“Professional training across university, GLAM sectors and industry”

The panel reviews professional training across the university and public culture sectors and consider the issue of advocating for more equity with paid internships in the museum and commercial sectors.


• Dr Ash Robertson, Director, AMaGA Vic

• Dr Katrina Grant, Australian National University

• Dr Josh Harle, Director, Tactical Space Lab

• Katie Russell, National Director, AMaGA (Panel chair)

Break (catered lunch): 1:15-2:15pm


“Cross-sector research collaboration and creativity”

The panel explores how different forms of collaboration between universities, GLAM institutions and other industries create meaningful partnerships and networks to create new forms of knowledge


• Professor Gaye Sculthorpe, Deakin University

• Seb Chan, Director & CEO, ACMI

• Professor Mitchell Whitelaw, Australian National University

• Professor Melanie Swalwell, Swinburne University of Technology (Panel chair)

Social Drinks at Hawthorn Hotel: 4pm

Sponsorship and acknowledgements

This conference is delivered on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nations.

It is supported by the School of Social Sciences, Media, Film and Education at Swinburne University of Technology and the ACHRC with additional support from the Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMAGA), the Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts (DDCA), the Humanities Research Centre at ANU and the Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre at the University of Sydney.