Catherine Speck

Professor Emerita Catherine Speck

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2017
  • Section(s): Arts


Catherine Speck is an art historian whose work focuses on the gendered representation of war and wartime in Australian art. Her publications have won critical praise for their outstandingly original re-envisaging of the landscape of war through the humane gaze of numerous women artists, both minor and major. Professor Speck’s work is also highly regarded for being culturally comparative and statistical, giving her scholarship a broader and more effective argument. She developed the concept of ‘Australian art without borders’, which defines the contribution of expatriate artists to art history and national narratives.

Among Professor Speck’s significant achievements at the University of Adelaide and for the professional association of art historians are: RJ Hawke Fellow 1999; Chancellor’s Award; Barbara Hanrahan Community Tapestry, University of South Australia; 2000 National Executive AAANZ 1994-2014; Chair, Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, Adelaide, 2000-2004.

She is currently Professor of Art History at the University of Adelaide.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.