Announcing the recipients of the 2021 Humanities Travelling Fellowships and David Philips Travelling Fellowship

AAH News Media release, Opportunities

We are delighted to announce the recipients of this year’s Humanities Travelling Fellowships and David Philips Travelling Fellowship – two grants that form part of the Academy’s suite of annual grants and awards.

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

Recognising the ongoing restrictions to international travel and the continuing impact of COVID 19 on researchers, this year’s round of the HTFs featured an expanded list of eligible expenses including domestic travel, domestic and international research assistance, ordering and scanning archival and/or source material and carer’s duties; including expenses for child care to enable parents to conduct research.

The successful applicants will undertake a range of projects that address issues of national significance including a study of the impact of the digital divide on regional Australia, a collaborative and  interdisciplinary research project  on the intersection of philosophy and bioengineering, and a study of the use and abuse of pandemic narratives in the era of COVID-19.

Chair of the Awards Committee Professor Deirdre Coleman FAHA congratulated this year’s Fellowship 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 continued to present many challenges throughout the humanities community and higher education in Australia. Early career humanities researchers are especially vulnerable when it comes to the general uncertainty surrounding future planning. 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 David Philips Travelling Fellowship recipients and are proud to support their projects:

Humanities Travelling Fellowships


Dr Jon Burtt   

Circus for Social Change: Social Circus in Action.

Macquarie University




Dr Chris Cottrell  

Fieldwork and Residency at Reversible Destiny Lofts, Tokyo, Japan.

Monash University

Instagram: @architecturaljudo



Dr Jacqueline Dalziell  

Bioengineering Placentas: Feminist Philosophy and Technoscience.

Macquarie University




Dr Bernard Keo

From Public Menace to Michelin Star: The Evolution of Hawker Culture in Malaysia and Singapore.

Monash University






Dr Frederic Kiernan

The Figure of Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745) in Czech and German Musical-cultural History.

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music






Dr Natalie Lazaroo

The Community Theatre Project in Singapore: Exploring the Role of Drama in Building Cultural Citizenship and Democracy Among Disadvantaged Young People and Their Communities.

University of Queensland





Dr Sheng-Hsun Lee

Communicating COVID-19 in Australia and Taiwan: How Pandemic Narratives are Used and Abused.

University of Queensland







Dr Jennifer McLaren

Ireland and the British Caribbean: Engaging with Empire in the Age of Revolutions.

Macquarie University

Twitter: @McLarenJen

Instagram: @historianjen



Dr N.A.J. Taylor

Cataloguing and Archiving the Atomic Photographers Guild: “The Robert Del Tredici Archiving Initiative.

Deakin University




Dr T.J Thomson   

An Ethnographic Study into Casualisation, Centralisation, and Crowdsourced Journalism in a Remote Outback Town.

Queensland University of Technology

Twitter: @Cenevox

Instagram: @cenevox



Dr Janet Wade

In the footsteps of Thomas Ashby and his companions: the destruction (and preservation) of Italy’s ancient Roman roads, 100 years on.

Macquarie University

Twitter: @JanJanAnessi





Dr Kate Warren

Writing a popular historiography of art in Australia.

The Australian National University





David Philips Travelling Fellowship recipient Dr Tets Kimura

David Philips Travelling Fellowship

The David Philips Travelling Fellowship –  for projects that contribute to the advancement of knowledge of racial, religious or ethnic prejudice – was awarded this year to Dr Tets Kimura of Flinders University. Dr Kimura will travel to Japan to undertake research on Japanese war art and craft works to further investigate complicating narratives of fear, violence, and misunderstanding, and enrich the history of WWII from individual viewpoints that were expressed in art.