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2017 Laureate Profile: Professor Ann McGrath

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Professor Ann McGrath

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow

Administering Organisation: The Australian National University
Discipline Area: Humanities and Creative Arts

Fellowship project summary

Rediscovering the deep human past: global networks, future opportunities (FL170100121)

This project will analyse Australia's epic Indigenous narratives alongside relevant new scientific evidence in order to create a big picture history of Greater Australia/Sahul, and as a result transform the scale and scope of history. Fresh periodisations and understandings will reorient this history in its wider global context. Through critiquing the evolution of disciplines, especially the world history/prehistory divide and the Cambridge training nexus, the project will develop future-oriented transdisciplinary techniques for researching the deep human past. As part of the project, a diverse generation of early career scholars will join top international networks and be trained in digital research techniques and delivery platforms for researching this exceptional human history.

Australian Research Council funding: $2,845,869

About Professor McGrath

Professor Ann McGrath is a Professor of History and Director of the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at the Australian National University. Professor McGrath’s main research interests are gender, colonialism, the history of Indigenous relations and intermarriage in Australia and North America, and the themes of deep history, spatial history and scale. Professor McGrath is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences; member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies; and Member of the School of Social Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Professor McGrath is interested in presenting scholarly history in a range of genres. Her work has been recognised by numerous prestigious awards including: the NSW Premier's History prize (2016); United Nations Association of Australia Media Award (2014); the Order of Australia Medal for distinguished service to Indigenous studies (2007); the Archibald Hanna Junior Fellowship in American History award from Yale University’s Beinecke Library (1997); the Inaugural W.K. Hancock prize (1988), the Human Rights Award for non-fiction (1994); and the John Barrett Prize (1994). 

Find out more about Professor McGrath and her research by visiting her profile page on The Australian National University website.

For further information about this funding scheme, please visit the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme page on the ARC website.


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