Australian Academy of the Humanities welcomes 23 new Fellows

December 15 / 172

Four members of the University's staff were recently elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH), the highest honour for achievement in the humanities in Australia.

The new AAH members are:

Trevor Burnard from the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, who is one of the world's leading scholars in transatlantic slavery and early American history.

Chris Healy from the School of Culture and Communication, a scholar at the forefront of interdisciplinary work in Australian cultural studies and history, particularly in the fields of Australian history, Indigenous studies and heritage studies.

David Irving from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, an outstanding musicologist, cultural historian and baroque violinist, whose research focuses on colonial-period music in the Philippines and other areas of Southeast Asia.

Dorothy Lee from Trinity College Theological School, which is also part of the University of Divinity. Dr Lee is one of Australia's most distinguished New Testament scholars, with an international reputation as a specialist on the Fourth Gospel, the Gospel of John.

One of Australia's four learned academies, the Australian Academy of the Humanities advances knowledge of, and the pursuit of excellence in, the humanities in Australia for the benefit of the nation. Established by Royal Charter in 1969, its elected Fellows are leaders and experts in the broad disciplinary groups which share a common and central concern with human behaviour and culture. Fellows are elected to the Academy through a rigorous peer nomination process, while Honorary Fellows are proposed directly by Council and are elected by the Fellowship at the Annual General Meeting.


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