Professor Lynette Russell AM awarded prestigious Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship

Professor Lynette Russell AM, Director of the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, has been announced as the deserving recipient of a prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellowship, with her project, ‘Global Encounters and First Nations Peoples: 1000 Years of Australian History’, awarded $2.94million over five years. Professor Russell’s award is one of just seventeen Laureate Fellowships bestowed across the nation in 2019.

'The Laureate represents recognition of Professor Russell's outstanding research and research leadership over many years,' said Professor Sharon Pickering, Dean of Arts. 'Coupled with her Centre of Excellence leadership, it marks her as one of Australia's great scholars of the humanities.'

‘It is fitting that Monash Arts' first ARC Laureate Fellow is someone of Professor Russell's intellectual calibre and achievement, as well as her unstinting, career-long commitment to supporting the next generation of Indigenous scholars,’ said Professor Alison Ross, Associate Dean Research.

‘Global Encounters and First Nations Peoples: 1000 Years of Australian History’ will explore encounters between Australia’s Indigenous peoples and voyagers from the sea over the period of a millennium. It will use an interdisciplinary, multilingual team to generate new understandings by synthesizing historical, archaeological, anthropological and linguistic sources from Australian and European collections.

The project 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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Professor Lynette Russell’s ARC Laureate Fellowship profile

Monash Indigenous Studies Centre