The Centre for Critical Studies was incorporated in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in August 2015.

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Emerita Professor Kay Saunders AM

Honorary Research Affiliate
Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies


Trained in Political Science and Anthropology, Kay Saunders AM was professor of History and Senator of the University of Queensland from 2002 - 2006. Serving on the Council of the Australian War Memorial, she was Chair of the Official History to Australia at War Committee. Emerita Professor Saunders was appointed to the Council of the National Maritime Museum of Australia and was director of the National Australia Day Council. She served as Chair of the Queensland government's Cultural Advisory Council and was a member of the Premier's Advisory Council on Women's Policy. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, the Royal Historical Society (London) and the Royal Anthropological Institute.

In 2001 she received the Medal of the National Museum of Australia and in 2006 was the recipient of the John Kerr Medal from the Royal Historical Society of Queensland. Her most recent books include A Crowning Achievement: A Study of Australian Beauty, Business and Charitable Enterprise (2005), Between the Covers: Revealing the State Library of Queensland's Collection (2006), Queensland: 150 years of Achievement (2009), Notorious Australian Women (2011) and Deadly Australian Women: Stories of the Women Who Broke Society's Greatest Taboo (2013).


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