The Gender Institute congratulates Professor Helen Ennis (School of Art) and Professor Angela Woollacott (School of History) who have been elected Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. They are among nineteen scholars selected based on their service to their disciplines and the nation by promoting the contribution of the humanities for the public good.
Professor Helen Ennis is internationally recognised as the foremost expert on Australian photographic history. Her distinguished career began at the National Gallery of Australia where she was appointed Curator of Photography in 1985 and pioneered a major series of scholarly exhibitions and publications. Her extensive publications and catalogues for national cultural institutions have been awarded numerous prizes. Her curatorial work has deepened an understanding of Australian visual culture inquiry by relating it to a wider social and cultural history. She is currently the Director of the Centre for Art History and Art Theory at The Australian National University School of Art.
Professor Angela Woollacott is Manning Clark Professor of History at The Australian National University. Her scholarship has shaped the fields of feminist history, transnational history, Australian and British history, and settler colonial history, and her work continues to be a starting point for scholars working in these areas. Her key publications include To Try Her Fortune in London: Australian Women, Colonialism and Modernity; Gender and Empire; Race and the Modern Exotic; and Settler Society in the Australian Colonies. Professor Woollacott is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and the Royal Historical Society (UK).