In a fantastic result for the University, three of the 25 newly elected 2021 Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities are from Macquarie’s Faculty of Arts.
Professor Wendy Rogers from the Department of Philosophy, Associate Professor Trevor Evans from the Department of History and Archaeology, and Professor Louise D’Arcens from MCCALL were elected last week at the Academy’s Annual General Meeting.
The 2021 Fellows reflect Australia’s diverse learned humanities community, and cultural sector leaders who have made an outstanding contribution to the life of the nation.
Faculty of Arts Executive Dean Professor Martina Möllering congratulated the three academics, saying “This well-deserved acknowledgement recognises their outstanding research.”
Professor Wendy Rogers was acknowledged for her research in practical bioethics and moral philosophy; ethics of vulnerability; feminist ethics and bioethics; and philosophy of medicine.
“Being elected as a Fellow is a much-appreciated honour,” says Wendy. “The Academy of the Humanities is the peak body for the Humanities and plays a major role in research, policy and advice on a range of national cultural, creative and ethical topics. I’m looking forward to contributing to that national voice; specifically, I hope to become involved in policy issues, and to use the experience I gain to mentor junior colleagues.”
Professor Louise D’Arcens was acknowledged for her research into medieval women’s writing and medievalism; feminism, colonialism, globalisation, the history of emotions, humour studies, Asian studies and Australian literature; medieval political writing, postmedieval literature and culture.
Associate Professor Trevor Evans was recognised for his research in ancient languages; linguist and methodological innovator of ancient cultures.
“To receive the Academy’s recognition of my research contribution is naturally very rewarding. It is making me reflect—poignantly in the cases of some no longer here to share the moment—on the support of family, friends, and mentors that has made my work to date possible,” explains Trevor. “It also makes me determined not to rest on these fresh laurels, but to keep striving for the highest quality in research that capacity and opportunity allow.”