New Fellows for 2014

Nineteen leading scholars have been elected to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, one of the highest honours available for achievement in the humanities in Australia.

We congratulate the following new Fellows:

Daniel Anlezark

Department of English, The University of Sydney

Associate Professor Daniel Anlezark is a leading figure in the study of Old English literature, and winner of the prize of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists for best first book on an Anglo-Saxon subject with Water and Fire: The Myth of the Flood in Anglo-Saxon England. He is internationally renowned for his work on biblical sources and biblical exegesis, and is the author of numerous articles and books including an edition of the Old English dialogues of Solomon and Saturn, and edition and translation of four Old English poems based on books of the Old Testament.

Linda Barwick

Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney

Professor Linda Barwick is a highly influential and innovative scholar whose work is central to the preservation and understanding of Australia’s indigenous music and cultures, as well as those of various immigrant communities in Australia. She is the inaugural Director of PARADISEC (the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures), which specialises in the preservation and access to field recordings of endangered languages and cultures of the Asia-Pacific region.

Andrew Butcher

Flinders University

Emeritus Professor Andrew Butcher is the most senior researcher on the phonetics of Australian Indigenous languages, and highly experienced in the area of communication disorders. He was Foundation Professor of Communication Disorders, School of Medicine, Flinders University from 1993–2013, and has been a major influence in turning the focus of phonetic research in Australia towards Indigenous languages. He has made original contributions to phonetic theory, and uses his fundamental research as basis for practical applications, to benefit Aborigines, children, and people with medical conditions affecting speech and hearing.

Hugh Craig

Centre for Linguistic and Literary Computing, University of Newcastle

Professor Hugh Craig, Director of the Centre for Literary and Linguistic Computing at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, is one of the few world leaders in the highly skilled development and application of quantitative, statistical and other computing techniques of literary and linguistic computing to early modern English literary studies. The implications of his research, most notably fashioned through analysis of Shakespeare and his dramatic contemporaries, have broadened into author attribution of unsigned articles in the nineteenth-century press, the dating of undated works from their word-frequency patterns, and the analysis of the linguistic characteristics of authors, characters and periods.

Véronique Duché

School of Languages and Linguistics, The University of Melbourne

After a career in higher education in France culminating in a post at the University of Pau, Professor Véronique Duché moved to Australia, where she now holds the A. R. Chisholm Chair of French at The University of Melbourne. Her considerable research and publication record centres on the interaction of French and Spanish literature in the Renaissance. She is recognised as one of the leading experts on the history of translation in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century France.

Helen Ennis

School of Art, The Australian National University

Professor Helen Ennis is internationally recognised as the foremost expert on Australian photographic history. Her distinguished career began at the National Gallery of Australia where she was appointed Curator of Photography in 1985 and pioneered a major series of scholarly exhibitions and publications. Her extensive publications and catalogues for national cultural institutions have been awarded numerous prizes. Her curatorial work has deepened an understanding of Australian visual culture inquiry by relating it to a wider social and cultural history. She is currently the Director of the Centre for Art History and Art Theory at The Australian National University School of Art.

Heather Jackson

School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, The University of Melbourne

Dr Heather Jackson has made an outstanding contribution to the field of Hellenistic Archaeology. Her book on the terracotta figurines of Jebel Khalid has richly illuminated the social, cultural and religious life in Hellenistic Syria. Her research on the pottery of that period has revealed the details of daily living in a mixed immigrant and indigenous community as no other source for the period has done, and her 15 years of archaeological excavation and analysis of Hellenistic domestic houses in Syria has been hailed both as a model site report for household archaeology and as a major contribution to the historical record of a poorly documented period. Dr Jackson is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Historical Studies in The University of Melbourne.

Sue Kossew

School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University

Professor Sue Kossew is a major figure in the fields of post-colonial, transnational and comparative literary studies and is highly regarded as an expert in these fields, both in Australia and internationally. Her book, Pen and Power: A Post-colonial Reading of J.M. Coetzee and André Brink (1996) was one of the first post-colonial studies of these writers and remains a highly cited. She has pioneered the comparative study of Australian and South African literatures and cultures. Professor Kossew is internationally regarded for her extensive work on women writers including her book Writing Woman, Writing Place: Contemporary Australian and South African Fiction (2004). Additionally, she has edited or co-edited two important collections of essays on Coetzee (1998 and 2011) and another on Kate Grenville (2010) and has published numerous book chapters and refereed articles.

Jane Lydon

History, The University of Western Australia

Winthrop Professor Jane Lydon, Wesfarmers Chair in Australian History at The University of Western Australia, has made a major contribution to the fields of archaeology and cultural heritage through her exploration of colonial visual cultures, seeking to understand how images have shaped ideas and debates about race, identity and culture. Her research focus combines archaeological excavations with visual and material dimensions of Australia’s colonial past and its legacies in the present. She leads the ARC-funded project Globalisation, Photography, and Race. In this project photographs are documented, given their historical context and copies provided to Indigenous descendants. She is a prolific writer; her major publications include The Flash of Recognition, 2012 and Fantastic Dreaming, 2009.

Catriona Mackenzie

Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University

Catriona Mackenzie, Professor of Philosophy at Macquarie University, has an international reputation for her research in moral psychology, applied ethics, social philosophy and feminist philosophy. She has published extensively on issues of selfhood, agency, responsibility and autonomy. Her work on relational autonomy has had considerable influence within academic philosophy, bioethics, and interdisciplinary applied ethics. It has also influenced broader debates on professional practice and on a range of issues related to the understanding of vulnerability. Professor Mackenzie is Director of the MQ Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics, and Associate Dean (Research) in Macquarie University’s Faculty of Arts.

David Rowe

Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney

In the study of the mass media representation of sport, Professor David Rowe is a world leader. Topics central to cultural studies – gender, national identity and global networking, and image flow – figure prominently in this work. He is the author or co-author of six books and editor or co-editor of a further six, author or co-author of 82 book chapters, and 104 articles in scholarly journals. His co-edited Sport, Public Broadcasting, and Cultural Citizenship: Signal Lost? (2014) continues his exploration of how participating in and watching sport enacts social and political membership and identity.

David Sim

School of Theology, Australian Catholic University

Associate Professor David Sim has established an international reputation as a specialist in studies of the Gospel according to Matthew, the anonymous late first century writing which became part of the collection known as the New Testament of the Christian Bible. His research has focused on all aspects of the work, but in particular on its socio-religious context and relationship to ancient Judaism. This work has made a major contribution to the wider reconstructive historical research on the origins and development of the Christian movement in the first century CE.

Peter Stanley

Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society, The University of New South Wales, Canberra

Professor Peter Stanley is an outstanding historian of Australia and empire, of war, medicine and bushfire, an intelligent exponent and critic of military and war history, and an energetic public intellectual. He has published 25 books, one of which was a co-winner of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History in 2011, and has boldly written against the grain of conventional military history, exploring the trauma and dysfunction of war. He brings the highest standards of research and writing, and a thoughtful and reflective scholarly practice, to an arena of public culture and commemoration that is often highly political.

Adrian Vickers

School of Languages and Cultures, The University of Sydney

Adrian Vickers, Professor of Southeast Asia Studies at The University of Sydney, is internationally recognised as a leading scholar on modern Indonesian history and Balinese culture. He has made a substantial and significant contribution to understandings of the relationship between the arts and society, the changing image of Bali, and the social and cultural implications of modernity in Indonesia. Professor Vickers is Director of the Asian Studies Program and the Australian Centre for Asian Art & Archaeology, The University of Sydney.

Angela Woollacott

School of History, The Australian National University

Angela Woollacott is Manning Clark Professor of History at The Australian National University. Her scholarship has shaped the fields of feminist history, transnational history, Australian and British history, and settler colonial history, and her work continues to be a starting point for scholars working in these areas. Her key publications include To Try Her Fortune in London: Australian Women, Colonialism and Modernity; Gender and Empire; Race and the Modern Exotic; and Settler Society in the Australian Colonies. Professor Woollacott is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and the Royal Historical Society (UK).

New Honorary Fellows

The Academy is also delighted to announce the election of four new Honorary Fellows. Honorary Fellows are distinguished public figures who advocate for the humanities, practitioners of the arts, overseas scholars in the humanities who have a close association with Australia, or Australia-based scholars who have made substantial contributions to the humanities throughout their careers. The 2014 Honorary Fellows are:

Robyn Archer AO

Singer, writer, artistic director and public advocate of the arts

Robyn Archer AO has made an outstanding contribution to Australian cultural life over several decades as a singer, writer, artistic director and public advocate of the arts. Archer is currently Gold Coast Council Strategic Advisor, Arts and Culture, in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast, 2018); Deputy Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts; and serving with the Commemoration and Celebration group for the ANZAC Centenary. She recently completed a highly successful five-year appointment as Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra (2013), and is Artistic Director of The Light in Winter (which she created for Federation Square, Melbourne in 2007).  In 2011 she was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) by the Minister of Culture, France, and was made an Officer of the Order of the Crown (Belgium) in 2008.

Michelle de Kretser


Michelle de Kretser began her writing career in 1999 and has published four novels, all of which have been widely praised by Australian and international reviewers. From her second, The Hamilton Case (2002), her novels have been shortlisted for major literary awards, and won increasing numbers of them. Her most recent, Questions of Travel (2012), in particular, has confirmed de Kretser’s standing as one of Australia’s leading novelists, and received five literary awards, including the Miles Franklin Award and the Prime Minister's Literary Awards for fiction. Running to 500 pages, its epic coverage of time and place is combined with compelling portraits of the changing lives and times of its two central characters, Laura from Sydney, Ravi from Sri Lanka.

Philip Hardie

Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, UK

Professor Philip Hardie FBA is one of the world’s pre-eminent interpreters and critics of Latin literature whose influence is felt as strongly in Italy, the USA and Australia as it is in the UK, through important books on Virgil, Ovid and Lucretius, with a particular reputation for putting detailed analysis to the service of big ideas. A graduate of Oxford and the Warburg Institute of London University, Professor Hardie is Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, and Honorary Professor of Latin at Cambridge, having previously been Corpus Christi Professor of Latin at the University of Oxford. He was elected to the British Academy in 2000.

Alexis Wright


Alexis Wright’s three novels constitute a unique contribution to Australian literature, infusing her explorations of Indigenous Australia with her own distinctive form of magical realism. The first, Plains of Promise (1997), was shortlisted for several awards and her second, Carpentaria (2006), had a major impact in Australia and abroad. ‘Inspired by all of the beauty that comes from having an ancient homeland that is deeply loved by those who guard it,’ it demonstrates the author’s extraordinary skill in mixing humour, drama, traditional story and transcultural allusion. In her award-winning The Swan Book (2013), Wright continues to develop her distinctive narrative style, which promises to change the face of Australian fiction.
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