Monash’s Faculty of Arts partners with Australian Book Review

The Monash University Faculty of Arts has partnered with Australian Book Review (ABR) to celebrate its third Laureate, Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick FAHA FAAAS.

Faculty of Arts Dean, and ABR board member, Professor Katie Stevenson will officially announce internationally renowned historian Professor Fitzpatrick as the 2023 ABR Laureate on 24 May.

The event, to be held at the State Library of Victoria, is a collaboration between Monash University’s Faculty of Arts and the ABR, who have worked in partnership since 2016.

Professor Fitzpatrick, ABR’s third Laureate, joins Laureates David Malouf (bestowed 2014) and Robyn Archer (bestowed 2016).

Professor Fitzpatrick is a distinguished historian of Soviet-era Russia who studied at the University of Melbourne and was awarded her PhD by the University of Oxford. She is a founder of the field of Soviet History and her career has spanned institutions including University College London, the University of Chicago and the Australian Catholic University. She has been writing for the ABR since 2013.

Professor Stevenson will host a panel-style discussion with ABR Chief Executive Officer and Editor Peter Rose, to be followed by a questions and answers session.

The Laureateship also highlights the work of a young writer closely connected with the Laureate, Dr Ebony Nilsson, who will contribute a series of articles to ABR over the coming year, funded by the ABR Patrons.

The ABR Laureate award honours writers and artists of distinction, with long-standing connections with the magazine.