The University of Newcastle’s Professor Hilary Carey has received one of the highest honours in Australia for achievement in the humanities.

Professor Carey, from the School of Humanities and Social Science, has been elected by her peers as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

A distinguished historian of religion and society, Professor Carey has received international recognition in both medieval and modern history circles.

After focusing her first two books on the social history of religious identity and institutions in Australia, her subsequent publications have covered the historical significance of belief and practice in medieval England and the difference in worship in colonial and post-colonial Australia.

Professor Carey also continues to make a major contribution to studies of Indigenous cultures and belief systems. Her painstaking work on the linguistic records of colonial missionaries during the colonial era has received high acclaim.

The Academy honoured Professor Carey in its recent round of fellowships, which recognised 22 leading scholars for excellence in their fields of archaeology, art, Asian and European studies, classical and modern literature, cultural and communication studies, languages and linguistics, philosophy, musicology, history and religion.

The fellowships will be officially recognised at a ceremony in November next year, when Professor Carey will be invited to add her signature to the Academy’s Charter Book.

The Australian Academy of the Humanities was established in 1969 to advance the knowledge and the pursuit of excellence in the humanities.

See Professor Carey talking about her Fellowship: