Professor recognised with Australian humanities honour

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Murdoch University Professor of Creative Arts, Helena Grehan has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the highest honour in Australian humanities.

Professor Helena Grehan, from Murdoch’s School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences was recognised as an international thought leader on ethics and responsibility in, and in response, to contemporary art practice.

Professor Grehan’s research deals with the intersections of art, technology, politics and spectatorship in the contemporary context.

She has published four scholarly books and two co-edited books, as well as numerous articles and book chapters, with several of her publications winning prizes for research excellence.

Professor Grehan has also led major ARC funded collaborative grant projects and has held leadership roles including Dean of Research, Associate Dean of Research, Deputy Dean and Acting Executive Dean in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Murdoch University.

She is passionate about mentorship and supporting the sector to adapt to meet the challenges of the contemporary context.

She participates in her discipline by speaking at international conferences, adjudicating promotions and fostering the development of staff as well as running conferences, examining theses, participating in award panels, and assessing grant applications from a range of disciplines internationally.

Professor Grehan said she was delighted to be elected to the Academy this year.

“I am humbled to be elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and I am looking forward to actively participating in the work of the Academy,” Professor Grehan said.

Australian Academy of the Humanities Executive Director Inga Davis said Professor Grehan’s election is a noteworthy achievement, which recognises her contribution.

“Professor Grehan’s election as a Fellow is a significant achievement and is testament to the outstanding contribution she has made to her discipline, and the exceptionally high regard in which Professor Grehan is held by her peers in the humanities community, both in Australia and abroad,” Ms Davis said.

“Professor Grehan will be invited to add her signature to the Academy’s Charter Book at a Ceremony in November 2024.”

Murdoch University Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation Professor Peter Eastwood said Election to the Australian Academy of Humanities recognises a valuable contribution to the humanities in Australia.

“Election is the highest honour within the humanities and Professor Grehan is a very worthy addition, considering her involvement in the industry throughout her career, her involvement in the University research integrity processes, the ARC College of Experts and mentorship of early career researcher," Professor Eastwood said. 

"Murdoch University is very proud of this Honour to Professor Grehan.”

The Australian Academy of the Humanities is one of Australia’s five Learned Academies – independent organisations established to encourage excellence in their respective fields and to provide expertise and advice at public, institutional and government levels.

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27 Nov 2023

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