What do pop culture and crime, cultural integrity, artificial intelligence and democracy have in common? They were all discussed in events that were part of the second annual Social Sciences Week, held in September 2019.

Across the week, sixty talks from some of Australia’s leading social commentators, writers and researchers educated and entertained audiences across the country.

In this celebration of the way in which social science research and education shapes Australian society held in universities and theatres across the country, participants gathered to hear actor and author Magda Szubanski discuss being ‘thrown to the lions’ on social media; criminology professors Andrew Day and Fiona Haines explore trust and evidence in an era of fake news (NAME); and political economist Frank Stillwell lead a panel discussing potential solutions to economic inequality.

Chair of Social Sciences Week organisation committee, Associate Professor Dan Woodman from the University of Melbourne, said the growth in number of events and activities since the inaugural Social Sciences Week in 2018 demonstrated the extent of community interest in social research and thinking about our future.

“Many of the challenges we face are about how we live together, and the social sciences are our pathway to meeting these challenges and building a thriving society” he said.

“Facing the issues that matter to us – from lowering crime rates, growing the economy, to adaptation to climate change and building political institutions we can trust in – require proper investment in the social sciences. Social scientists provide the data and ideas we need to shape the type of nation we want today and into the future”.

In 2020, Social Science Week will run between 7-13 September and will include a range of innovative virtual events for universities, local communities and schools across Australia.

To register an event for 2020, click here.

To see what events are scheduled for 2020, click here.