2021 Humanities State Conference
Redefining Our Place

Saturday, 20 March 2021
St Patrick’s College, Launceston

“The task of the people who teach and learn in a school of Humanities is not to forget
that [this] is no useless study.” – Robert Menzies

The Tasmanian Association for the Teaching of English (TATE), the Tasmanian Geography Teachers’ Association (TGTA) and the Tasmanian History Teachers’ Association (THTA) proudly invite you and your team to be a part of our State Humanities Conference.

The conference will be held on Saturday, 20 March 2021 at St Patrick’s College, Launceston. This year’s theme is Humanities: Redefining our place.

2020 was a year of upheaval. Teachers demonstrated an incredible capacity to adapt to new contexts and reengage learners. A number of decisions are being made about the role of our disciplines in Australia’s future. This conference is a chance to redefine our place, to own the conversation and speak up before others speak for us.

Please see the attached conference program for more details, including how to register.

We’d love you and your team to join us in celebrating the Humanities and the opportunities to uphold our social and economic value.

  1. The program will feature an opening plenary from Dr Jason Byrne, Professor of Human Geography and Planning, School of Geography, Planning & Spatial Sciences, University of Tasmania (UTas). Jason is renowned for his ability to inspire innovative thinking and to champion the relevance of the Humanities disciplines in social, political, economic and industrial spheres. Two-time recipient of the Planning Institute Australia’s National Award for cutting edge research and teaching, Jason’s expertise in Sustainability and Environmental Planning enables him to show why Humanities are a key part of our collective future.
  2. Alongside our keynote presentation, we are pleased to present a number of interactive and practical workshops from academics, specialists and practising classroom teachers. Across three blocks of concurrent sessions, participants will be able to choose from a wide range of subject specific and interdisciplinary workshops. A more detailed program will be released in the coming weeks.
  3. One exciting new feature, and a benefit of a face-to-face conference, is Lunch with an Expert; an opportunity to network and engage in dialogue with Humanities specialists and experienced teachers from across the disciplines.
  4. To close our conference, Professor Lisa Fletcher (Head of School, Humanities) will convene a panel from UTas to discuss how teachers of the Humanities empower their students to live in and influence a complex and rapidly changing world and equip them with essential practical and social skills.

Warmest regards,

Wendy Frost, Daniel Howard & Erin Leder  |  Humanities Conference Committee