Professor Lynette Russell 

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow

Administering Organisation: Monash University
Discipline area: Humanities and Creative Arts



Fellowship project summary: 

FL190100161: This fellowship aims to examine one thousand years of dynamic encounters between Australia’s Indigenous peoples and voyagers from the sea. The project expects to use an interdisciplinary, multilingual team to generate new understandings by synthesising historical, archaeological, anthropological and linguistic sources from Australian and European collections. Expected outcomes include an innovative reconstruction of Australia’s role in global exploration, enduring international collaborations, and a massive open, interactive and translated database. This should provide significant benefits, creating a new transdisciplinary intellectual school, with the potential to recast Australia’s history, national identity, and place in the world.

With her supplementary ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship funding, Professor Russell will foster the talents of a strong cohort of female early career researchers by creating a competitive Encounters Intensive Residential Program with mentoring workshops.

Australian Research Council funding: $2,944,438

About Professor Russell

Lynette Russell AM is a Professor at the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre at Monash University. Professor Russell's focus is on developing an anthropological approach to the story of the past. Her historical interests are far ranging - across the 18th to the 20th centuries, from Aboriginal people in the maritime industry, to museums and museum collections, to the history of anthropology itself.

For her research achievements, she has held the positions of President and Vice President of the Australian Historical Association and was elected Fellow to the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia in 2013 and Fellow to the Royal Historical Society in 2012.

Find out more about Professor Russell’s research by visiting her profile page on the Monash University website. For further information about this funding scheme, please visit the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme page on the ARC website.

Image credit: Monash University.