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The Humanities and the Sciences: A Colloquium

October 9, 2015


The Humanities and the Sciences: A Colloquium

Friday 9 October 2015 – 9.00am – 5.00pm

The Auditorium, Australian Centre on China in the World, China in the World Building

#188, ANU, Fellows Lane



Professor Brian Schmidt

Nobel Laureate and Distinguished Professor, Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, and astrophysicist in ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

Professor Gary Tomlinson

John Hay Whitney Professor of Music and the Humanities and Director of the Whitney Humanities Centre, Yale University.

Professor Richard Arculus

Research School of Earth Sciences, ANU, distinguished geologist, deep-sea volcanologist, and lead investigator with the International Ocean Discovery Program.

Professor Paul Griffiths

Professorial Research Fellow and Academic Director for the Arts and Social Sciences at the Chares Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney


PANEL Assoc. Professor Jodie Bradby (Research School of Physics and Engineering), Professor Libby Robin (Fenner School of Environment and Society), Dr Glenn Roe (Research School of Humanities and Arts), Dr Brad Tucker (Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics), Assoc. Professor Susan West (Research School of Humanities and Arts), Professor Cathy Waldby (Research School of Social Sciences).


A one-day colloquium to interrogate the common assumption that these two broad, competitive cultures operate divisively within our universities and our society. Five scientists and five humanities scholars have been invited to address the question of the similarities and differences between the sciences and the humanities, and to tell us how the two sets of disciplines might relate better to each other, and what they could contribute to each other. As well as four keynote lectures, the colloquium will include an open session in which the audience is invited to interact with a panel of scholars from both the sciences and the humanities discussing ideas and methodologies practised and shared across both research cultures.


Registration required hrc@anu.edu.au

Contact: Colette.Gilmour@anu.edu.au

+61 (02)61254357



Image: Joseph Wright of Derby Experiment with an Air-pump (1768)


October 9, 2015


The Auditorium, Australian Centre on China in the World, China in the World
Building #188, ANU, Fellows Lane
Canberra, ACT 2602 Australia