Ken Gelder's research impact recognised by election to Australian Academy of the Humanities
Ken Gelder is Professor of English and Theatre Studies and Co-Director of the Australian Centre in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. His areas of research expertise, though focused on the discipline of literary studies, span three primary fields of inquiry in the humanities: popular fiction, Australian literary studies, and subcultural studies.
Professor Gelder is the author of numerous books including Reading the Vampire (1994), Uncanny Australia: Sacredness and Identity in a Postcolonial Nation (1998, with Jane M. Jacobs), Subcultures: Cultural Histories and Social Practice (2007) and New Vampire Cinema (2012).
His 2004 book Popular Fiction: The Logics and Practices of a Literary Field is widely regarded as the authoritative contribution to this field of literary scholarship. His most recent book, co-authored with Rachael Weaver, is Colonial Australian Fiction: Character Types, Social Formations and the Colonial Economy (2017).
Election to learned academies is one of the highest honours for researchers, and Professor Gelder’s election follows presentation of the 2016 Crawford Medal to Shakespeare scholar Dr David McInnis in June.
The Crawford Medal – also bestowed by AAH – is awarded to early-career Australian researchers for outstanding scholarly achievement in the humanities, and whose publications make an exceptional contribution to the understanding of humanities disciplines by the general public.