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Three UNSW academics are among 21 leading figures to be elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities – the highest honour for achievement in the humanities in Australia.

The UNSW Fellows are Helen Groth, Professor of English, Sandra Hale, Professor of Interpreting and Translation, and Mina Roces, Professor of History.

The president of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Professor John Fitzgerald, said the 21 new Fellows had been elected in recognition of the excellence and impact of their scholarship. “Their work highlights the importance of the humanities for understanding cultures and societies, here and abroad, past, present and future,” he said.

The elected Fellows come from a range of disciplines including Southeast Asian studies, philosophical logic, translation and interpretation pedagogy, applied linguistics, Australian architectural history, Chinese media and global diaspora, Australian literary culture, Buddhist epistemology, ancient European archaeology, health and disease, and Australian war photography.

Fellows are elected by their peers in recognition of the excellence and impact of their scholarship in fields including archaeology, art, Asian and European studies, classical and modern literature, cultural and communication studies, languages and linguistics, philosophy, musicology, history and religion.