• M. C. Ricklefs
  • fellow
  • Professor Emeritus M. C. Ricklefs AM FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 1989
  • Section: History / Asian Studies

  • Biography:
  • Merle Ricklefs is Professor Emeritus at Monash University and the Australian National University, where he was formerly Director of the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies. He was also Director, Melbourne Institute of Asian Languages and Societies at the University of Melbourne before resigning from that position in January 2005. Among other roles, he has held positions as Visiting Fellow of All Souls College (Oxford University), Professor of History at Monash University and, most recently, Professor of History at the National University of Singapore. He is a former member of the Australian Foreign Affairs Council and the Australian National Commission for UNESCO.

    His research focuses on the general history of Indonesia since the coming of Islam, with particular reference to Java since the seventeenth–century; and more recently on cultural history and the history of ideas, notably the role of Islam in Javanese society.

    In 2003 he was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Government of Australia for service to Australian society and the humanities in the study of Indonesia. In 2010 he was elected as an Honorary Member of the Netherlands Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde. Professor Ricklefs was awarded Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia, in the Queen's Birthday 2017 Honours List, for his significant service to tertiary education, particularly to Asia and Pacific research and scholarship, and to the development of programs for Indigenous students.

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