Five scholars elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities
23 November 2012
Five scholars from the University of Sydney have been elected as Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, one of the highest honours available in the humanities in Australia.
They are Professor Warwick Anderson, Professor Paul Giles, Professor Peter Morgan, Associate Professor Penelope Russell and Professor John Wong.
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New Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
He is internationally renowned for his work at the intersection of medicine, culture and society in the colonial and postcolonial worlds of the 19th and 20th centuries. He has written extensively on ideas about race, human difference and citizenship in this period; on postcolonial science studies and, more generally, on science and globalisation. His three books published during the past decade have been awarded numerous prizes.
His publications include The Collectors of Lost Souls: Turning Kuru Scientists into Whitemen (2008); Colonial Pathologies: American Tropical Medicine, Race, and Hygiene in the Philippines (2006); and The Cultivation of Whiteness: Science, Health and Racial Destiny in Australia (2002).
Paul Giles is the Challis Professor of English and is recognised as a major figure in transnational literary criticism with specific reference to the US, Britain and Australia.
He has produced a formidable body of scholarly work since the mid-1980s, beginning with a study of Hart Crane (1986), followed by American Catholic Arts and Fictions (1992), which explored the role of Catholicism in literature and film as a counterweight to the dominance of Protestantism in the US cultural imaginary. Three major interrelated monographs, appearing in the 2000s, established Giles's reputation in the forefront of transatlantic studies: Transatlantic Insurrections (2001), Virtual Americas (2002), and Atlantic Republic (2006).
His other publications include The Global Remapping of American Literature (2010); and Transnationalism in Practice: Essays on American Studies, Literature and Religion (2010).
His research focuses on questions about German national identity, specifically the post-1945 attempts to deal with the Nazi past, and post-1990 explorations of recent German history by writers such as Günter Grass and WG Sebald.
In 2003 he received an ARC Large Grant to complete a critical study and biography of the Albanian writer and dissident, Ismail Kadare, and Professor Morgan was instrumental in introducing Kadare to a global audience.
Professor Morgan's publications include Ismail Kadare: The Writer and the Dictatorship, 1957-1990 (2010, translated into Albanian 2011); and The Critical Idyll: Traditional Values and the French Revolution in Goethe's 'Hermann und Dorothea' (1990).
Penelope Ann Russell
Penny Russell is Associate Professor in History. Her research focuses on Australian colonial history, examining the 'small talk' of history in Australia and England by exploring the issues of gender, class, race and colonisation, within private writing and social encounters.
These interests combine in her research on the history of manners in Australia and in her writing on Lady Jane Franklin, whose bid to rescue her missing Arctic explorer husband Sir John Franklin in the mid-19th century made her an important figure in British imperial history.
Associate Professor Russell won the NSW Premier's History Award for Australian History in 2010 for her book, Savage or Civilised? Manners in Colonial Australia.
Her publications include Australia's History: Themes and Debates (2005, co-edited with Martyn Lyons FAHA); This Errant Lady: Jane Franklin's Overland Journey to Port Phillip and Sydney (2002); For Richer, For Poorer: Early Colonial Marriages (1994); and A Wish of Distinction: Colonial Gentility and Femininity (1994).
John Yue-wo Wong
John Wong is Professor of Modern History and is nationally and internationally regarded for his scholarship in two areas: the history of Anglo-Chinese relation in the 19th century, with particular reference to the causes of the Second Opium War; and the life and political beliefs of Sun Yatsen.
In 1998 he published Deadly Dreams: Opium, Imperialism and the 'Arrow' War (1856-1860) in China and has also published several books in Mandarin on the subject of Sun Yatsen. Professor Wong has held visiting scholarship positions at the University of Cambridge, Stanford University and the University of Hawaii. He was elected as a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 2000, and to the Royal Historical Society (Britain) in 1978.
His publications include London and the Chinese Revolution: Exploring the London Origins of Sun Yatsen's Three Principles, 1896-1897 (2007); Sun Yatsen and the British, 1883-1925 (2005); The Truth about Sun Yatsen's Kidnapping in London (1998); and Deadly Dreams: Opium, Imperialism, and the 'Arrow' War (1856-60) in China (1998).
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