Announcing the 2020 Humanities Travelling Fellowship and Ernst and Rosemarie Keller Fund recipients

AAH News Media release

We are delighted to announce the recipients of this year’s Humanities Travelling Fellowships and Ernst and Rosemarie Keller Fund. These two grants form part of the Academy’s suite of annual grants and awards.

Our Humanities Travelling Fellowships (HTF) enable early career researchers to undertake research overseas, including accessing archives and other research materials and connecting with international researchers and networks.

The Ernst and Rosemarie Keller Fund supports the research activities of scholars whose research is concerned with German history, literature, language, politics or culture, or German contributions to the history, literature, languages, politics or culture of either Australia or the Asia-Pacific region.

This year’s recipients will be travelling – once safe to do so – to universities, museums, libraries, sites, archives, leading research institutions and facilities in New Zealand, China, Greece, Germany, UK, Canada, France, USA, Guam, and the Netherlands.

The Academy recognises the continued disruptions to international travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to ensuring that the work of these outstanding early career researchers is supported, achievable and safe. We recognise that extensions of time and other adjustments may be required.

President of the Academy, Professor Joy Damousi, congratulated this year’s Fellowship and Keller Fund recipients, and noted the importance of investment in the next-generation leaders of Australia’s humanities community, particularly in times of upheaval.

“This year has presented many challenges with deep impacts felt throughout the humanities community and higher education in Australia. Most vulnerable to these developments and their aftermath are early career humanities researchers. Grants and awards programs, like ours and others, seek to provide much sought-after support to ensure Australia’s humanities research continues to thrive” she said.

We congratulate the following HTF and Ernst and Rosemarie Keller Fund recipients and are proud to support their projects.

Humanities Travelling Fellowships

Dr Andre Brett
University of Wollongong
Divide and Rule: Territorial Separation Movements in Colonial Australasia aims to provide the first comprehensive study of separation movements in colonial Australia and New Zealand to shed light on separation as a political issue of the present and a challenge for the future.

Dr Shuxia Chen
National Art School and University of Sydney
Photography as Avant-garde Art: The “Five Ones” Photography Group in 1980s Xiamen, China reveals how the innovative cross-genre use of photography by the Five Ones’ group diversified art practice in a rapidly changing China.

Dr Emlyn Dodd
Macquarie University
Knowledge Networks of the Roman and Late Antique Cyclades: A Study on the Dissemination of Agricultural Expertise and Technology will survey, document and analyse ancient agricultural technology from Cycladic islands, mainly evidence of oil and wine production, and its dissemination within knowledge networks of the Mediterranean, targeting previously unstudied geographical, temporal and contextual areas.

Dr Simon Graham
University of Sydney
Spying on the World: The Stasi and the International Order examines how the Stasi influenced the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the wider international order through the lens of international history.

Dr Yishan Huang
Australian National University and Xiamen University Malaysia.
A Study of Sinitic Tones: Pitch and Beyond investigates tonal systems of approximately twelve Sinitic languages from thirty field sites in mainland China. The research expands understanding of the ways in which tonal languages are similar (linguistic universals) and different (linguistic diversity), and also sheds light on the definition and representation of what a tonal language is.

Dr Ben Huf
State Library of New South Wales and University of Sydney
Colonial Liquidity: Making Money in Britain’s Settler Empire is the first sustained inquiry into the history of money and banking in nineteenth-century Australia in over fifty years and provides an urgently needed fresh perspective in contemporary debates about designing financial institutions.

Dr Andrea Jalandoni
Griffith University
Lost and Found Chamorro Cultural Heritage: Using Lidar to Find Archaeological Sites on Guam, Marianas uses lidar, a remote sensing technique, to assess existing archival research, acquire and analyse new lidar data, and conduct fieldwork in the Mariana islands to verify potential archaeological sites.

Dr Helen Ngo
Deakin University
Home and its Refusal: Rethinking Homeliness and Homelessness in the Racialised Body conducts literary and philosophical explorations of alienation and non-belonging; and will explore the different ways racialised subjects have responded to the idea of home, homeliness, and homelessness.

Dr Keith Rathbone
Macquarie University
The Swimmer of Auschwitz: Alfred Nakache, Empire, and French Identity in the 20th Century is the first sustained English-language examination of Alfred Nakache, a French Algerian Jewish swimmer who competed in the 1936 Olympics and was later deported to Auschwitz in 1943. He competed again at the Olympics in 1948.

Dr Jason Tuckwell
Western Sydney University
Technological Mediation and Creative Praxis: Technē in Art and Technology looks at incompatibilities between science and technology studies and the arts. In emphasising the role of mediation in technology and aesthetic processes, the project seeks to identify new relations between the practices of technological innovation and the history of art making practices.

Dr Marama Whyte
University of Melbourne
The New Girls’ Network: Donna Allen’s Media Report to Women (MRTW) will entail the first in depth history of MRTW – the first newsletter in the United States that provided a dedicated space for discussion of issues relating to women and media in the 1970s – and Donna Allen, the feminist activist behind it.

Ernst and Rosemarie Keller Fund

Dr Luke Smythe
Monash University
The Informel as an Engine of Uncertainty: Gerhard Richter, Karl Otto Götz and Information Aesthetics examines the response of leading international artist Gerhard Richter to the work of postwar German painter Karl Otto Götz. The project will challenge current understandings of Richter’s abstract work and shed light on the origins of digital art.

Dr Mike Zuber
University of Queensland
The Captive Alchemist: The Lives of a Soldier of Fortune, Fertility Doctor, Courtier, and Conman in Franconia is the first full-length treatment of Christian Wilhelm von Krohneman, a German soldier and alchemist, for more than two hundred years. It contributes to new historical understandings of alchemy, which has suffered from centuries of bad press and mystification.