Celebrating achievements in the humanities, arts and social sciences

The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) has announced the publication of a new book to showcase the significant contribution made by Australian academics to the fields of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS). Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences: It’s everyone’s business published on behalf of CHASS by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, was launched at a celebratory dinner at RMIT University in Melbourne to honour distinguished achievements in Australian research.

The book showcases essays that not only have deep resonance with HASS researchers and practitioners, but which address issues of interest to people of all walks of life around the world.

Commenting in the foreword, Robyn Archer AO, singer, writer, artistic director and arts advocate states, “The only way to explore the real extent of our vast humanity is to do it through the arts…you are free to explore, to test your moral courage, to understand and therefore develop tolerance and a broad view of the way the world is”.

The essays cover a wide range of overlapping topics across the humanities, arts and social sciences, from an analysis of the unknown artist Banksy, through to a history of the art of reading, and a study of the value of festivals in helping us to understand the modern world.

Sarah Blatchford, Australasian Regional Director, Taylor & Francis and CHASS board member, comments: “Taylor & Francis is delighted to publish this outstanding selection of essays and support CHASS in their aim to further awareness of the important role of the humanities, arts and social sciences in academic research and discovery.”

Photo caption (L-R): Professor Joseph M. Siracusa, Dr Jason Flanagan, Robyn Archer, Professor Paul Gough, and Dr Sarah Engledow (representing Dr Ann Moyal AM).

The book is available to explore at: http://www.chass.org.au/chass-publications/