New Fellows elected in 2016

We are delighted to announce the election of 21 new Fellows to the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the highest honour available for achievement in the humanities in Australia.

Fifteen Fellows, three Honorary Fellows and three Corresponding Fellows have been elected at the Academy’s Annual General Meeting on 19 November 2016.

Fellows are elected in recognition of the excellence and impact of their scholarship in the humanities. 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. Corresponding Fellows – a new category in 2016 – are elected in recognition of their outstanding contribution in a field of the humanities and who are not usually resident in Australia.

We congratulate all on their achievement and welcome them to the Academy.

New Fellows 2016


Alastair Blanshard

Paul Eliadis Chair of Classics and Ancient History, University of Queensland

Alastair Blanshard is a highly innovative and original historian of ancient Greece, with special expertise in the legal and social systems of ancient Greek culture. His work examines the dynamic role that the long afterlife of Greece and Rome played in the cultural history of later periods. Blanshard completed his PhD studies at the University of Cambridge in 2000 and in 2014 took up the Paul Eliadis Chair of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland. An established international and national leader of the field of Classical Reception Studies, Blanshard is the author of Classical World: All That Matters (2015), Sex: Vice and Love from Antiquity to Modernity (2010) and Classics on Screen: Ancient Greece and Rome on Film, co-authored with Kim Shahabudin (2011).

Eric Csapo

Professor of Classics and Ancient History, University of Sydney

Eric Csapo is one of the world’s distinguished authorities on theatrical practice in Athens and the wider Greek and Hellenised world between 6th century BC and 6th century AD. He has published widely on all aspects of ancient theatre including festivals, theatre administration and finance, music, staging, actors and acting, iconography, epigraphy, theatre buildings and dramatic literature. Currently Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney, Csapo has held numerous international positions, including Visiting Professor at the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut in Berlin and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, and Visiting Fellow at New College, University of Oxford and the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bristol. Csapo is the author of Actors and Icons of the Ancient Theater (2010), Theories of Mythology (2005) and The Context of Ancient Drama, co-authored with William J. Slater (1995).

Harriet Edquist

Professor of Architectural History, RMIT University

Harriet Edquist is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s leading architectural historians. She has made an outstanding contribution to scholarship in Australian architectural history and design through her work on Arts and Crafts architecture, émigré European modernist architects and industrial designers, automotive design and designed landscapes. As co-editor of the critical journal Transition, as exhibition curator and as Founding Director of the RMIT University Design Archives since 2007, Edquist has expanded and fostered discourse within her discipline and within the broader community through major exhibitions at RMIT Gallery, State Library Victoria and the National Gallery of Victoria. Edquist is the author of many books and journal articles including Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car, with David Hurlston (2015), Building a New World: A History of the State Library of Victoria 1853–1913 (2013), Michael O’Connell: The Lost Modernist (2011) and Pioneers of Modernism: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Australia (2008).

Ken Gelder

Professor of English and Theatre Studies, University of Melbourne

Ken Gelder is Professor of English and Theatre Studies and Co-Director of the Australian Centre in the School of Communication and Culture at the University of Melbourne. His areas of research expertise, though focused on the discipline of literary studies, span three primary fields of inquiry in the humanities: popular fiction, Australian literary studies, and subcultural studies. Gelder is the author of numerous books including Reading the Vampire (1994), Uncanny Australia: Sacredness and Identity in a Postcolonial Nation (1998, with Jane M. Jacobs), Subcultures: Cultural Histories and Social Practice (2007) and New Vampire Cinema (2012). His 2004 book Popular Fiction: The Logics and Practices of a Literary Field is widely regarded as the authoritative contribution to this field of literary scholarship. His most recent book, co-authored with Rachael Weaver, is Colonial Australian Fiction: Character Types, Social Formations and the Colonial Economy (2017).

Helen Groth

Professor of English, University of New South Wales

Helen Groth has established an international reputation for her innovative and interdisciplinary studies of nineteenth-century English literature and culture, with a particular focus on the interconnections between the literature and the new visual and aural technologies of the Victorian period. Groth is the author of Moving Images: Nineteenth Century Reading and Screen Practices (2013) and Victorian Photography and Literary Nostalgia (2003), and the co-author of Dreams and Modernity: A Cultural History, with Natalya Lusty (2013). Her work has been praised for its close, sensitive readings of literary and scientific works. More recently, she has extended her range to include work on Australian and modernist writers. Groth is currently Director of Research in the School of the Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales.

Sandra Hale

Professor of Interpreting and Translation, University of New South Wales

Sandra Hale is a pioneer in community-interpreting pedagogy and research and an internationally recognised authority in translation and interpretation studies (TI). Hale’s scholarly work has a wide-ranging impact on community interpreting, particularly in legal contexts, and she is highly influential throughout Australia in the education of lawyers and judicial officers (judges and magistrates) about how to work with interpreters. She is also a major figure in the development of training, accreditation and policy in Australian TI, and has for decades played an active role in NAATI (the national standards and accreditation body for translators and interpreters). Hale is the author of La interpretación comunitaria (2007), Community Interpreting (2007) and The Discourse of Court Interpreting (2004).

Ariel Heryanto

Professor, School of Culture, History and Language, Australian National University

Ariel Heryanto has made significant contributions to the study of cultural politics in Indonesia, made major advances in the theorising of Southeast Asian Studies as a field, and has been a key figure in the development of Cultural Studies in Southeast Asia. Heryanto’s work examines power relations in everyday life, postcoloniality, semantic history, discourse analysis, media, and popular culture. Prior to his academic career, Professor Heryanto had a notable literary career, and continues to be a leading public intellectual in Indonesia. Heryanto is Professor at the School of Culture, History and Language at the Australian National University and from March 2017 will take the position of Herb Feith Professor for the Study of Indonesia at Monash University. He is the author of Identity and Pleasure: The Politics of Indonesian Screen Culture (2014), Budaya Populer di Indonesia: Identitas Mencair di Masa Pasca-Orde Baru, Yogyakarta: Jalasutra (translation of Popular Culture in Indonesia: Fluid Identities in Post-Authoritarian Politics (2012) and State-Terrorism and Identity Politics in Indonesia: Fatally Belonging (2006).

John Macarthur

Professor, School of Architecture, University of Queensland

John Macarthur is a leading scholar in the fields of architectural history and contemporary architectural criticism and has been influential in reframing the discipline of architecture within intellectual history. His research has focused on the conceptual framework and the history of picturesque aesthetics, and his book The Picturesque: Architecture, Disgust and other Irregularities (2007) is widely regarded as a foundational scholarly work in the field. Macarthur is the author of two books edited with colleagues – The Baroque In Architectural Culture, 1880–1980, with Andrew Leach (2015) and Hot Modernism: Queensland Architecture 1945–1975, with Deborah van der Plaat, Janina Gosseye and Andrew Wilson (2015). He is Director of the Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History at the University of Queensland, a life member of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, and has been first-named Chief Investigator on four Australian Research Council grants.

Marc Oxenham

Associate Professor, School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University

Marc Oxenham is a leading authority on the theoretical and empirical interactions and interplay between humans, their health and disease in ancient human tropical and subtropical subsistence systems in the Asia Pacific Region. He has had an instrumental role in developing the new subdisciplinary field of the ‘bioarchaeology of care’ and has also made substantive contributions to forensic anthropology in Australia through teaching, publications and consulting work. He is the author of Bioarchaeology of Ancient Vietnam (2016) and the co-author with J. Hayman of The Time of Death of Human Bodies (in press). Oxenham is the recipient of an Australian Future Fellowship, 2013–17.

Alastair Pennycook

Professor, Language and Education, University of Technology Sydney

Alastair Pennycook is an internationally renowned applied linguist whose work focuses on language in multilingual urban settings, language policy and the global spread of English. His work engages and encourages wider debates about colonialism and postcolonialism, globalisation, urban geography and immigration. Pennycook is the author of The Cultural Politics of English as an International Language (1994), Global Englishes and Transcultural Flows (2007) and Language and Mobility: Unexpected Places (2012), all of which were awarded the prestigious British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) prize for an outstanding book in the field of applied linguistics. He is currently working on a book with Sender Dovchin and Shaila Sultana on Popular Culture, Voice and Linguistic Diversity: Young Adults On- and Offline, to appear in 2017. In addition to his position as Professor of Language and Education at the University of Technology Sydney, Pennycook is Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan at the University of Oslo.

Mary Roberts

John Schaeffer Professor of Art History, University of Sydney

Mary Roberts is one of Australia’s leading art historians whose work focuses on nineteenth-century British and Ottoman art, with particular expertise in Orientalism, the history of artistic exchanges between the Ottoman Empire and Europe, and the culture of travel. She is the author of Istanbul Exchanges: Ottomans, Orientalists and Nineteenth-century Visual Culture (2015), Intimate Outsiders: The Harem in Ottoman and Orientalist Art and Travel Literature (2007) and the co-editor of The Poetics and Politics of Place: Ottoman Istanbul and British Orientalism, with Reina Lewis and Zeynep İnankur (2011), Edges of Empire: Orientalism and Visual Culture, with Jocelyn Hackforth-Jones (2005), Orientalism’s Interlocutors, with Jill Beaulieu (2002) and Refracting Vision: Essays on the Writings of Michael Fried, with Jill Beaulieu and Toni Ross (2012). She has received numerous awards and fellowships and is a leading figure in Orientalist and Ottoman art studies.

Mina Roces

Professor of History, University of New South Wales

Mina Roces is Australia’s pre-eminent historian of the Philippines and has made a major contribution to furthering intellectual engagement between gender perspectives and other approaches to Asian Studies. She is the author of Women, Power and Kinship Politics in Post-War Philippines (1998), Kinship Politics in Post-War Philippines: The Lopez Family, 1946–2000 (2001) and Women’s Movements and ‘the Filipino Woman’, 1985–2008 (2012). Roces is based in the School of Humanitites and Languages in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and is Editor of Sussex Library’s Asian Studies Book Series and Regional Editor (Southeast Asia) for the Asian Studies Review.

Nicholas J.J. Smith

Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Sydney

Nicholas J.J. Smith is a world leader in philosophical logic and in the study of vagueness and truth. His highly influential monograph Vagueness and Degrees of Truth (2008) is regarded as one of the most significant contributions to the study of fuzzy logic and has been widely praised for its command of the technical and foundational aspects of theorising about vagueness. Smith has also made important contributions to resolving paradoxes associated with time travel, decision theory, and metaphysical indeterminacy through his work. His second monograph Logic: The Laws of Truth was published in 2012 to critical acclaim. Smith is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney and has served as the President of the Australasian Association of Logic.

Wanning Sun

Professor of Media and Communication, University of Technology Sydney

Wanning Sun is internationally recognised as an authoritative commentator, prolific researcher and an expert analyst of the media in China and its worldwide diaspora. Her highly regarded books include Leaving China (2002), Media and the Chinese Diaspora (2007), Maid in China (2009) and Subaltern China (2014). These and her other publications provide original insights into the complexity of the contemporary social and economic transformations taking place in the People’s Republic of China, from the perspective of the role played by the media. Sun is Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Technology Sydney and a member of the editorial board for Communication, Culture & Critique, Asian Journal of Communication, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies and the China Journal.

Christina Twomey

Professor of History, Monash University

Christina Twomey’s influential research encompasses three fields: the social history of Australia, the impact of war on Australian culture, and the history of atrocity and photography. She has made an original and innovative contribution to historiography through her use of photography as an historical source, her integration of social and cultural history, and her location of Australian history within a wider international context. She is the author of A History of Australia, co-authored with Mark Peel (2011), Australia’s Forgotten Prisoners: Civilians Interned by the Japanese in World War II (2007) and Deserted and Destitute: Motherhood, Wife Desertion and Colonial Welfare (2002). She has published widely on the cultural history of war, issues of imprisonment, captivity, witnessing, the photography of atrocity, gender and memory. She is the Director of the Faculty of Arts Focus Program in Genocide, Conflict and Violence (2016–20) and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, 2012–15.

Honorary Fellows 2016


John Hughes

School of Media and Communications, College of Design and Social Context, RMIT University
Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne
Research Associate, Faculty of Art and Design, University of Canberra

An independent producer, writer and director for film, television and online media, John Hughes is a highly regarded figure in Australian cinema and has undertaken work engaged with Australian cultural and political history over a number of decades. Working primarily in documentary, Hughes has won many national and international awards. His recent independent essay documentaries as producer, writer-director include: Trespass (Adelaide Film Festival, 2015), Love & Fury (ABC, 2013), Indonesia Calling (ABC, 2009) and The Archive Project (ABC, 2006). His video and film work has been presented at the Institute of Contemporary Arts London, ARC Art Museum Paris, Biennale of Sydney, Ewing Gallery, the University of Melbourne and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. His feature drama What I Have Written (from John A. Scott’s novel) was invited into completion in the 46th Berlin International Film Festival, the Stockholm Film Festival and won Best Film, MystFest in 1996.

Anne-Marie Schwirtlich

National Library of Australia

Anne-Marie Schwirtlich is an outstanding leader of the library and archives sector in Australia. In both her current position as Director-General of the National Library of Australia, held since 2011, and in her former roles in the cultural sector, she has played a critical role in the collection, preservation and understanding of Australia’s cultural, archival and historical legacy. Schwirtlich was formerly the Chief Executive Officer and State Librarian at State Library Victoria, Acting Director-General at the National Archives of Australia, Assistant Director-General, Public and Reader Services, at the National Archives of Australia, and Acting Director, Australian Collections and Information Services at the National Library of Australia.

Tim Winton

Australian Novelist and Short Story Writer

Tim Winton is one of Australia’s most recognised and prolific novelists whose work has received numerous prestigious awards and been translated into twenty-eight languages. Winton has won the Miles Franklin Award four times: for Shallows (1984), Cloudstreet (1991), Dirt Music (2001) and Breath (2008). He has been twice nominated for the Man Booker Prize, for Dirt Music and The Riders (1994). Winton has been awarded nearly every major Australian literary prize, including the Australian Vogel National Literary Award, the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award, the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Age Book of the Year award. In addition to his novels, Winton has published several volumes of short stories, plays, and most recently, two autobiographical works. His work has been adapted for the stage and screen, most recently in Cloudstreet, the opera (2016).

Corresponding Fellows 2016


Jay Garfield

Doris Silbert Professor of Philosophy, Logic & Buddhist Studies, Smith College, USA

Jay Garfield is the world’s leading figure in the field of Global Philosophy, and has produced a body of work that has expanded the field for both Asian and Western thinkers. His work spans a number of genres, including philosophy of mind and cognitive science, logic, Buddhist epistemology and the history of modern Indian philosophy, particularly Indo-Tibetan Madhyamaka and Yogācāra. Garfield’s most recent books are Minds Without Fear: Philosophy in the Indian Renaissance, with Nalini Bhushan (2017); Dignāga’s Investigation of the Percept: A Philosophical Legacy in India and Tibet, with Douglas Duckworth, David Eckel, John Powers, Yeshes Thabkhas and Sonam Thakchöe (2016); Engaging Buddhism: Why it Matters to Philosophy (2015); and Moonpaths: Ethics and Emptiness (2015). He currently directs the Logic and Buddhist Studies programs and the Five College Tibetan Studies in India program at Smith College. He is Visiting Professor of Buddhist Philosophy at Harvard Divinity School, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the Central University of Tibetan Studies.

Chris Gosden

Chair of European Archaeology, University of Oxford, UK

Chris Gosden has made major contributions to the archeological study of Europe, Turkmenistan, Island Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. His work explores the human links with the material world; the long-term history of creativity, intelligence and the emotions; the archaeology of colonisation in the recent past; as well as in older periods, such as the establishment of the Roman empire. Gosden currently holds one of the most prestigious chairs in Prehistoric Archaeology in the world, taking over the Chair of European Archaeology at the University of Oxford from Sir Barry Cunliffe in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the British Academy and has held previous positions at the Australian National University and La Trobe University. Gosden maintains strong academic connections with Australia and is a major collaborator for Australian archaeologists working on UK-based projects.


Madeleine Scopello

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université Paris-Sorbonne, France

Madeleine Scopello is an internationally renowned scholar of Gnosticism and Manichaeism. In 2016 she was appointed Directeur d’études at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Sciences religieuses, on the nomination of the President of the French Republic. She has received consistently high praise in national and international scholarly circles for her long-term work on the role of women in Gnostic and Manichaean movements, and collaborates regularly with leading Australian researchers. Scopello has produced an impressive body of publications, ranging from Femme, Gnose et Manicheisme: De l'espace mythique au territoire du réel (1995) to the forthcoming conference volume Les femmes dans le manichéisme occidental et oriental. She has received a number of honours that recognise her research standing, including Corresponding Fellow of Institut de France (Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres) and Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes académiques (the French national order for distinguished academics and figures in the world of culture and education).


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