Inventing the international - the origins of globalisation

9 July 2013

Professor Glenda Sluga from the Department of History has been awarded a prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowship in a ceremony held today in Melbourne and presented by Senator the Hon Kim Carr, the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

Glenda Sluga is Professor of International History at the University of Sydney. The project for which she has won the fellowship is called 'Inventing the International' and its aim is to plot the details of how economics and politics intersected in the years after 1815 to make the modern global world.

Competition for the honour of an Australian Laureate Fellowships, awarded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), is highly competitive as the fellowship is recognition of significant international research reputation. The scheme reflects the Commonwealth Government's commitment to support excellence in research by creating new rewards and incentives for the application of talented people in Australia.

On top of this, Professor Sluga has also been awarded the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship for exceptional female researchers to undertake a mentoring role encouraging women to embark upon and continue with a research career.

Professor Sluga is a Fellow of the Academy of the Humanities and has published widely on the cultural history of international relations, the history of European nationalisms and gender history, and is interested in the history of identity and difference more broadly.

Her most recent book is Internationalism in the Age of Nationalism (Penn, 2013). She is currently writing a new study of the Congress of Vienna that recovers the lost history of women and international politics. Both projects have been funded by the Australian Research Council.

In 2002, Professor Sluga was awarded the Max Crawford Medal by the Australian Academy of the Humanities. In 2006 she was appointed a member of the International Scientific Committee for the History of UNESCO, and in 2009 she was elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Professor Sluga's research interests include the intellectual history of the nation, American and British diplomatic history, the history of international relations, gender in European history, Australian immigration history, the history of human rights, cosmopolitanism and peacemaking.

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