Chair of Australian Literature
Philip Mead is Winthrop Professor and inaugural Chair of Australian Literature. Philip’s research in Australian literature is at the intersections of literary studies, cultural geography, history, education and digital humanities. He has led nationally competitive research and teaching grants, most recently the ALTC funded project, ‘Australian Literature Teaching Survey’ (2009), the ARC Discovery Project grant for 2010-2012, ‘Monumental Shakespeares: an investigation of transcultural commemoration in 20th-century Australia and England' (with Gordon McMullan, King's College London), and the OLT funded Extension project ‘Update and Expansion of the AustLit Resource Teaching with AustLit site’ (2013-2014). He is on the board of management of the ARC LIEF funded AustLIt consortium. In 2009-2010 Philip was Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack Visiting Chair of Interdisciplinary Australian Studies at the Free University, Berlin. In 2009 his book Networked Language: History & Culture in Australian Poetry was shortlisted for the Association for Australian Literature’s Walter McRae Russell Award, and in 2010 it won the New South Wales Premier’s Prize for Literary Scholarship. Philip is a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and is on the judging panel for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards.