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Professor honoured by election to Academia Europaea

Posted on 18/10/2010

Professor Katharine Ellis

Professor Katharine Ellis from the Department of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London has been elected a member of the Academia Europaea. She was nominated by the Academia’s section for ‘Musicology & History of Art & Architecture’, which currently has 41 members.

The Academia Europea was founded in 1988 as an international, non-governmental association of individual scientists and scholars from all disciplines, who are experts and leaders in their own subject areas as recognised by their peers. Members are drawn from across the whole European continent, not only western Europe. Members also include European scholars who are resident in other regions of the world. Current membership stands at around 2,300, including more than 40 Nobel Laureates.

Professor Ellis said: “Election to the Academia Europaea is a simply wonderful honour, and since I’ve always worked on nineteenth-century France it feels as though my subject area is being recognised at least as much as my own contribution as a European scholar. So I think others must share the credit, including the remarkably cohesive network of international musicologists with whom I work, and many of my Royal Holloway colleagues past and present.”

Professor Ellis’ induction ceremony will take place in Paris next September at the Academia’s annual meeting.

“For me it’s especially important that this honour is active, not passive. It’s an invitation to promote learning as part of a world-class intellectual community that crosses linguistic and disciplinary borders. And because the Academia is often consulted for policy advice at inter-governmental level, the academic and the strategic work together. All that is going to be quite a challenge. I’m looking forward to it immensely, she added.



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