Grants success for University of Sydney humanities researchers

Humanities academics from the University of Sydney have secured the largest number of 2018 grants awarded by the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

University of Sydney academics secured five of 18 grants and fellowships from the Academy - Australia’s national body for the humanities.

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor Annamarie Jagose, said the success reflects the University’s expertise in the humanities.

"We are Australia’s oldest and most comprehensive Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and we continue to lead the way in research excellence in the humanities," she said.

"This is a wonderful recognition of our research strength across a diverse range of disciplines, including art history, film studies, philosophy, European history and East-Asian studies."

Dr Susan Potter and Dr Stephen Whiteman , both from the Department of Art History are recipients of this year’s Publication Subsidy Scheme, which will assist them with the costs associated with the publication of their research.

Three early-career researchers have also been awarded Humanities Travelling Fellowships, enabling them to undertake research overseas, including accessing archives and other research materials and connecting with international researchers and networks:

  • and Dr Cat Moir from the Department of Germanic Studies.
  • In a statement , President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities Professor Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA congratulated the winners.

    "The grants and awards are vital to the Academy’s ongoing commitment to promoting outstanding excellence in humanities research," she said.

    "This is especially the case for the future generation of humanities scholars, whom we are delighted to foster, nurture and support through this scheme."

    The Australian Academy of the Humanities is one of Australia’s four Learned Academies and seeks to promote excellence in humanities across schools, university, industry and public life.

    Professor Pippa Norris from the Department of Government and International Relations has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Social Sciences.

    A greater appreciation and understanding of Australian humanities research will result from a partnership between the ABC and the University of Sydney to support researchers with a flair and passion for communicating their vital work.

    Gender equality, valuing the benefits of infrastructure projects and online dispute resolution are among the policy issues being tackled by the University of Sydney’s inaugural Sydney Policy Lab fellows.