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Mapping the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences demonstrates how integral the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) sector is to tertiary education, and to the research and innovation system, in Australia. A high quality HASS sector is essential to the development and maintenance of the knowledge infrastructure the nation needs today and into the future. Until now, however, we have only had half the picture. This report serves as a companion volume to the Health of Science report, published by the Office of the Chief Scientist in 2012. The Mapping HASS report provides the most comprehensive account of the HASS sector to date. The report tells us what the sector is currently delivering to the nation, how well it is positioned to respond to the changing needs of the nation in the future, and where we might look to further capitalise upon its potential.
Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb AC, will officially launch the report at the beginning of the Address.
Graeme Turner FAHA is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies in the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland. A former President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (2004-2007), a Federation Fellow (2006-2011), convenor of the ARC Cultural Research Network (2006-2010), and a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Innovation and Engineering Council (2008-2013), Emeritus Professor Turner is one of the leading figures in the humanities in Australia. He has published 24 books with national and international academic publishers, and his work has been translated into ten languages. He is the Chair of the team responsible for the preparation of the Mapping HASS Report.