A leading expert on Chinese media in Australia, Wanning Sun, Australian author Tim Winton and global philosopher Jay Garfield are among 21 leading figures in the humanities to be elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities – the highest honour for achievement in the humanities in Australia.
“I am delighted to welcome our new Fellows, elected in recognition of the excellence and impact of their scholarship,” said President of the Academy, Professor John Fitzgerald FAHA. “Their work highlights the importance of the humanities for understanding cultures and societies, here and abroad, past, present and future.”
The twenty-one elected Fellows represent the ever-evolving nature of the humanities as a dynamic field of inquiry. They are leaders in their areas of study and come from a range of disciplines including Southeast Asian studies, philosophical logic, translation and interpretation pedagogy, applied linguistics, Australian architectural history, Chinese media and global diaspora, Australian literary culture, Buddhist epistemology, ancient European archaeology, health and disease, and Australian war photography.
Three Honorary Fellows were also elected, in recognition of their distinguished contribution to the humanities and to Australian cultural life.
This year, the Academy is also pleased to announce the election of three Corresponding Fellows, a new category of fellowship introduced to recognise scholars who have made an outstanding contribution in a field of the humanities but who reside outside of Australia, and who have a strong and continuing connection to academic work in the humanities in Australia.
A full list of new Fellows and their short biographies can be found on the New Fellows webpage.