Laureate Fellowship awarded to CABAH’s Lynette Russell

Congratulations to CABAH Deputy Director Lynette Russell, from Monash University, on her ARC Laureate Fellowship, announced in October 2019.

The project will examine 1,000 years of dynamic encounters between Australia’s Indigenous peoples and voyagers from the sea and will result in an innovative reconstruction of Australia’s role in global exploration, creating a new trans-disciplinary intellectual school with the potential to recast Australia’s history, national identity, and place in the world. It will have a transformative impact on ongoing debates over Australia’s national identity and the urgent need for reconciliation with our first peoples.

In addition to the Laureate Fellowship, Professor Russell has been awarded the 2019 Kathleen Fitzpatrick fellowship, which recognises one outstanding female Laureate Fellow in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Professor Russell will use this fellowship to strengthen her role as an ambassador promoting women in research by running a mentoring program for young Indigenous academic women in each year of her Laureate program. This mentoring program will draw on the expertise and skills of an impressive cohort of former ARC Future Fellows in Monash Arts, including Professor Sharon Pickering, Dean of Arts; Professor Jacqui True, Director of the Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre; and Professor Christina Twomey, Head of the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies.

Professor Russell’s Laureate Fellowship follows her conferral as a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List. The AM was awarded to Professor Russell for her significant service to higher education, particularly Indigenous history, and to professional organisations.


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