Academy membership great source of pride

Friday, 25 September 2020

In 2014 Professor John Maynard, a scholar of Indigenous history and Co-Director of Purai Indigenous Global History Centre, was elected a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, an enormous achievement for a boy who left school the day he turned 15 and didn’t set foot in a university until he was 40 years old.

Close up of Professor Maynard dressed in a suit, standing at a lecturn and speaking into a microphone
Professor Maynard: 2019 Annual History Lecture: TWH Photography

Having his work recognised by the Academy is, still today, a source of great pride, although his driving force is first and foremost about truth-telling and producing material of benefit to Aboriginal people and communities.

Author of 13 books, 33 book chapters and numerous highly cited research papers, Professor Maynard has acknowledged that his membership at the Academy opens doors to opportunities that further his commitment to the Indigenous peoples of the world.

“It’s fantastic to be acknowledged by your peers and to be held in high regard because of your work. This recognition that you’re at a certain level is very satisfying,” said Professor Maynard.

His advice to other academics considering this way forward is, “Embrace it, be a part of it. Build upon those networks of collegiality,” he says.

Here is more information regarding Professor Maynard’s achievement and learned academies.

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