New Fellows elected in 2015

Twenty-three leading scholars have been elected to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the highest honour available for achievement in the humanities in Australia.

We congratulate the following new Fellows:

Chris Andrews

Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University

One of Australia’s leading scholars in French creative literature and Latin American fiction, Andrews’s training in science and in the humanities – in English literature as well as in Francophone and Hispanic studies – has led to international recognition of his ability to bridge scientific and humanist modes of thought. He is also an award-winning poet, a poetry expert and an internationally recognised translator, particularly for his translations into English of the work of award-winning writer Roberto Bolaño.

Olivier Ansart

School of Languages and Cultures, The University of Sydney

Ansart is leading specialist of the pre-modern political theories of three different cultures: Japan, China and the West, particularly the political theories of Japanese Confucian thinkers of the 18th century. He is credited as the most influential intellectual-political historian of early modern Japan in Australia today, and one of the most important global scholars of Ogyū Sorai, the leading philosopher of the Tokugawa period in Japan. Ansart’s research addresses key topics of concern to scholars of Western as well as Asian political thought.

Peter Anstey

Department of Philosophy, The University of Sydney

Anstey’s research has made a unique and powerful contribution to our understanding of the emergence of modern science in the 17th and 18th centuries. He is a specialist in early modern philosophy, particularly the philosophy of John Locke and Robert Boyle and a leading contributor to the history and philosophy of early modern European science.

Bill Ashcroft

School of the Arts and Media, University of New South Wales

Ashcroft is an internationally renowned literary critic and theorist, whose publications are widely influential across the discipline of postcolonial studies, as well as within Australian literary studies. Recognised as a pioneering scholar in the globally comparative field of postcolonial literary studies, he has published extensively on Australian, Indian and African literatures and the intersections between postcolonialism, utopianism and globalisation.

Trevor Burnard

School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, The University of Melbourne

One of the world’s leading scholars in transatlantic slavery and early American history, Burnard’s work has changed our understanding of the formation and transformation of the colonial planter class. He has made major contributions to the historiography of slavery, particularly to the comparative Caribbean and Atlantic context, and to the social history of ‘new world’ plantation society.

Nick Enfield

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney

An international authority in the area of Southeast Asian languages, Enfield has developed an important and unique perspective on language and languages, from the study of micro-ethno-linguistic phenomena based on fieldwork in Laos, to the evolution of language in the species and the history of languages across society. He is renowned for the originality of his interdisciplinary work that spans linguistics, anthropology, cognition and sociology, psychology, and history. His publications on syntax and semantics span over a dozen mainland Southeast Asian languages.

Chris Healy

School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne

Healy is an internationally respected scholar in the fields of cultural studies and media, public history and memory studies, as well as a distinguished historian of Australian colonial and Aboriginal history. His research has led to new understandings of the significance of memory in the relations between Indigenous and mainstream Australia, and important reassessments of Indigenous interventions into the contemporary practices of museums and heritage sites.

David Irving

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne

A leading musicologist, cultural historian and baroque violinist, Irving has pioneered studies on colonial-period music in the Philippines and other areas of Southeast Asia. His work examines the interaction of music with European, Philippine, Malay, Indonesian, Chinese and Indian culture with remarkable depth, and he is renowned as a leader in his field and a vital figure in Australian musicology.

Annamarie Jagose

School of Letters, Arts and Media, The University of Sydney

One of the world’s leading practitioners of feminist studies, gay/lesbian studies and queer theory, Jagose has written four landmark texts on issues of sexuality and desire, and is an award-winning novelist. Her books are widely cited and considered benchmark works, not only in English-language countries but also in the many other territories whose languages they have been translated into.

Andy Kirkpatrick

School of Languages and Linguistics, Griffith University

Kirkpatrick is an internationally recognised authority on world Englishes, English as a lingua franca, and language education. He has made a significant contribution to the understanding of the complexities and dynamics of the English-speaking world and the rise of new Englishes, the global diffusion of English and developing appropriate strategies for the teaching of English in international, especially in Asian contexts.

Dorothy Lee

Trinity College, University of Divinity

One of the most distinguished New Testament scholars currently working in Australia, Lee enjoys an international reputation as a specialist on the Fourth Gospel, the Gospel of John. She is renowned for developing new insights from her interdisciplinary approach to her research, bringing perspectives from contemporary literary criticism, the study of the visual arts and gender studies to her analysis of canonic texts.

Wendy Mayer

Centre for Early Christian Studies, Australian Catholic University

Mayer is a world-renowned expert on the prolific and influential bishop and preacher John Chrysostom (ca. 347–407), and on the field of early Christian studies more broadly. Her publications are internationally acclaimed and she is credited with having reshaped the field, with landmark studies that led to redating key works of the important figure of Chrysostom, churchman of Antioch and Bishop of Constantinople.

Bonnie McDougall

School of Languages and Cultures, The University of Sydney

An internationally renowned scholar of modern and contemporary Chinese literature, McDougall’s work focuses on dissent literature, literary censorship, cross-cultural issues in literary translation, intellectual history, and the development of notions of privacy in contemporary China. Her
wide-ranging contributions to the field of contemporary Chinese literature include translations of books of lasting value and importance, such as the poetry of Bei Dao, the novellas of Ah Cheng, and the letters of Lu Xun and Xu Guangping.

Amanda Nettelbeck

English and Creative Writing, The University of Adelaide

Nettelbeck is a leading Australian scholar in the field of colonial frontier history and has made a significant contribution to the interdisciplinary study of policing and criminal justice on Australian frontiers, including a leading study of the prosecution of settler homicides of Aborigines. Combining the skills of both a literary critic and a historian, and with studies informed by analysis of colonial visual and material culture, she has generated ground-breaking critical insights into the subject of colonial frontier history.

Claire Roberts

Art History, The University of Adelaide

A leading historian of Chinese art in Australia, Roberts is a major contributor to our knowledge of visual cultures, modernity and Chinese culture more generally. She is recognised internationally for her work on modern and contemporary Chinese ink painting and arts through numerous exhibitions and highly influential monographs. She is also recognised as an authority on the history of Chinese photography.

John Schuster

History and Philosophy of Science, The University of Sydney

A leading authority on the seventeenth-century scientific revolution, Schuster’s work has led to new understanding of the importance and work of René Descartes, and to the relation of intellectual and institutional change in the history of science. His research has shaped historians’ perceptions of the period in fundamental ways, including the central place of natural philosophy in both the scientific revolution and in the work of Descartes.

John Sutton

Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University

Sutton is an internationally renowned philosopher and cognitive scientist, and a leading expert on human memory, particularly collective memory. His work has built new and important connections between cognitive science, philosophy, psychology, sports science and the social sciences, and he has uniquely integrated these different disciplinary approaches to his ground-breaking studies of collective memory.

Sue Thomas

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce, La Trobe University

Thomas is an internationally recognised specialist in the fields of 19th century women’s studies and postcolonial feminism, with special reference to Caribbean writers and transcultural aspects of literary modernism. She is renowned for both contextual and theoretical research which informs her literary criticism. Her innovative research is credited for changing the landscape of Caribbean studies and shaping our understanding of nineteenth- and twentieth-century women’s writing.

Angus Trumble

National Portrait Gallery

Trumble is recognised as the pre-eminent interpreter of Victorian and Edwardian art and culture in Australia. He is internationally recognised as an outstanding art historian and is renowned for setting the artwork at the centre of his research in its social and historical context. He is also a distinguished curator, museum director and writer and is currently the Director of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

Anthony Uhlmann

Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University

One of the leading figures in the study of Samuel Beckett, Uhlmann’s research is also recognised for its original insights into the relationship between literature and philosophy. He is recognised as a world authority on the philosophical contexts of Beckett’s writing, and for his contribution to the philosophical understanding of literature and modernism studies more generally.

Sean Ulm

College of Arts, Society and Education, James Cook University

A specialist at the forefront of human-environmental studies in Aboriginal archaeology, particularly from coastal contexts in northern Australia and the Pacific, Ulm’s work is credited for recasting the nature of coastal occupation models from the Holocene period by integrating accurate climate models with forensic analysis of coastal sites. He is highly regarded for his coordination of multidisciplinary expertise in the investigation of the prehistoric coastal record.

New Honorary Fellows

The Academy is also delighted to announce the election of two new Honorary Fellows. Honorary Fellows are elected in recognition of their distinguished contribution to the public life of the humanities and the arts, both in Australia and internationally. The 2015 Honorary Fellows are:

Simon Blackburn

University of Cambridge, UK

One of the most influential philosophers of the present time, Blackburn is best known among his peers for his extensive work on the concepts and methods of ethics, and in the philosophy of language. He has also gained a large general audience through his defences of higher education and the humanities and his endeavours to bring philosophy to a wider public. Blackburn is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Foreign Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Richard Tognetti

Artistic Director, Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO)

An inspired and creative musician who has crafted the ACO into an orchestra of high international standing with a profile that is unique in the world, Tognetti has also championed music by Australian composers and challenged the boundaries between classical concert music and various streams of contemporary popular and world music.
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