Australasian Consortium of Humanities Researchers and Centres
Australian National University

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Head, Humanities Research Centre

Kylie Message-Jones Professor of Public Humanities

Research Development Officer

Jennifer Coombes


ABOUT The Australasian Consortium of Humanities Researchers & Centres is hosted at the Australian National University in Canberra. The current Director of the ACHRC is Professor Kylie Message (2022-).   The ACHRC was inaugurated with a steering committee in 2010, chaired by Associate Professor Robert Phiddian of Flinders University. The inaugural meeting in 2011, held in Adelaide, marked the launch of the ACHRC with Robert Phiddian as Director and Flinders University as the host institution providing initial funds. The Steering Committee became the Advisory Board.

Robert Phiddian was Director of the ACHRC from its inception in 2011 until November 2017. Professor Will Christie of Australian National University, was Director from 2017 until December 2021.

MISSION Established in 2011, the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Researchers & Centres (ACHRC) is a network for groups and Humanities scholars engaged in Humanities-based research. Our aim is to connect Humanities researchers, centres, associations, and cultural institutions, both within the Australasian region and internationally, and to promote relationships across these and sector representative bodies in the wider community. We provide a virtual and physical hub or information about research and research strategy in the Humanities. We have two sub-projects: Collaborating with Collecting and Cultural Institutions and Humanities in the Regions.