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Professor Clare Bradford, head of Deakin University’s Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention (CMII), has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
“This is quite an honour for me, for Deakin and for the field of children’s literature,” Professor Bradford said.
“I am the first person from children’s literature, which has in the past been a marginal field, to be recognised by the Academy.
“So in many ways this is also recognition of how the field of literature embraces new and developing fields of research.”
Professor Bradford has been a proud and determined pioneer in elevating children’s literature to the status of legitimate research interest.
Her innovative research examines the interplay between children’s literature and social practices, and particularly representations of Indigenous peoples and cultures in children’s books.
In 2009 Professor Bradford was awarded the first $225,000 Trudeau Visiting Fellow Prize from the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation.
Professor Bradford became the Visiting Professor of literary studies at The University of Winnipeg for the 2009-2010 academic year.
There are four Learned Academies in Australia:
The purpose of the Learned Academies is to promote their specific areas, the achievements and contributions through education, awards and public awareness.
Each has a distinguished membership.
Fellows are nominated by a current Fellow and only those with outstanding achievements and contributions are selected.
Professor Bradford joins two other Deakin academics recently honoured by their Learned Academies, Professor Peter Hodgson and Professor William (Bill) Logan.