Professor Julian Johnson, Regius Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, has been elected to a Fellowship of the British Academy.
The British Academy is the UK's national body for the humanities and social sciences – the study of peoples, cultures and societies, past, present and future.
“I’m delighted by this news and very much looking forward to playing my part within the British Academy,” said Professor Johnson. “Now, more than ever, we need a national voice that speaks up for the importance of the Arts and Humanities, and I’m keen to contribute on behalf of both Royal Holloway and the Music Department.”
Professor Johnson was one of 66 world-leading academics inducted into the Academy, from research areas ranging from feminist theory to the economic development of Africa; medieval history to Indian philosophy and face perception.
Professor Johnson, who holds a Regius Professorship at Royal Holloway, joined the Department of Music in 2007. He has been published widely on issues in music history and the aesthetics of music from the late 18thcentury to the present. He has also written several books, including Who Needs Classical Music? and Out of Time: Music and the Making of Modernity.
Professor Johnson took up the position of Regius Professor in 2013, after the Queen awarded the Department of Music the Professorship to mark her Diamond Jubilee. The prestigious award acknowledges the University’s exceptionally high standards of music teaching and research. A Regius Professorship is a rare privilege, with only two created in the 20th century. It is a reflection of the exceptionally high quality of the department and its academic work.