Sydney scholars elected as 2023 Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities

30 November 2023
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Four distinguished scholars from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences have been elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities in recognition of their achievement in and contribution to the humanities in Australia. It is the highest honour within the humanities.

The Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH), one of Australia’s five Learned Academies, highlights the influence that humanities, arts and culture have on Australia. The Academy has a Fellowship of over 700 distinguished individuals who demonstrate advanced knowledge and excellence across various fields in the humanities. 

The Sydney scholars elected as Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities are:

Sydney Conservatorium of Music 

  • Dr Amanda Harris - A musicologist and cultural historian of cross-cultural engagements, histories of Australian indigenous music and dance and women’s histories. Harris is the Director of the Sydney Unit of PARADISEC, overseeing the digitisation of analog records of materials from endangered cultures across the world.
  • Professor Neal Peres Da Costa - A world-renowned performing scholar, researcher and educator. In 2007, Peres Da Costa founded the Historical Performance Division at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and was the division's chair for eight years. He is currently Associate Dean (Research) at the Conservatorium.

Professor Anna Reid, Dean and Head of School at the Conservatorium, said the news of Dr Harris and Professor Peres Da Costa being elected as Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities is particularly wonderful for researchers in music. 

“I am thrilled to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Dr Amanda Harris and Professor Neal Peres Da Costa on their well-deserved election as Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities,” Professor Reid said. 

“This recognition underscores the importance of their work and the profound impact they have had on advancing knowledge and excellence in the humanities, specifically within the realm of musicology. Their work in musicology has not only enriched our understanding of the arts but has also garnered exceptional recognition from peers both in Australia and abroad,” she said.  

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Professor Kristie Miller - Widely recognised for her work in metaphysics on questions about persistence, composition, mereology, identity, grounding & spacetime. Miller is currently joint Director of the Centre for Time, investigating the nature of time and temporal experience. 
  • Professor Annie Clark - A pioneer of archaeobotany, community archaeology & collaborative Indigenous archaeology. Clark is currently the lead researcher for The Quarantine Project, through her leadership the project has enhanced historical and archaeological understanding of global movement and migration, displacement and place-making.

Professor Lisa Adkins, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, said the election of Professor Clarke and Professor Miller to the prestigious Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities reflects the strength of scholarship within the faculty and “underscores our commitment to excellence in the arts and social sciences”.

"I am delighted to extend my warmest congratulations to Professor Annie Clarke and Professor Kristie Miller,” said Professor Adkins. 

“Their dedication to advancing knowledge in their respective fields is truly commendable. This achievement not only highlights their individual excellence but also reinforces the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences' position as a hub of distinguished scholarship. We are immensely proud of their contributions to the humanities," she said. 

"I would also like to make a special mention of the distinguished Australian historian, Professor Stephen Garton, for his election as the 20th President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities,” Professor Adkins said.

“Professor Garton's leadership will undoubtedly contribute to the continued advancement of humanities scholarship, and we offer our heartfelt congratulations on this well-deserved honour," she noted.

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