The Humanities and The Sciences: A Conversation

An Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump, Joseph Wright of Derby,1768.


Keynote Speakers

Professor Brian Schmidt, Australian National University,

Professor Gary Tomlinson, Yale University,

Professor Richard Arculus, Australian National University,

Professor Paul Griffiths, University of Sydney


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 the Arts), Dr Brad Tucker (Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics), Assoc. Professor Susan West (Research School of Humanities and the Arts), Professor Catherine Waldby (Research School of Social Sciences), Professer Anna Wierzbicka (School of Literature Languages and Linguistics).


A one-day colloquium to interrogate the common assumption that these two broad, competitive cultures operate divisively within our universities and our society. Four major thinkers – two scientists, two from the humanities – 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 – and beyond that, of course, to society as a whole.

Built around these 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.

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Date & time

Fri 09 Oct 2015, 8.30am–3.30pm


Australian Centre for China on the World, ANU


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