Dr Peter Arnds has been elected to Academia Europæa, the European Academy of Humanities, Letters, and Science, which serves in an advisory capacity to the EU and works to advance research and scholarship across Europe.
Election to the Academy is by invitation only following a rigorous process of review involving "peer group nomination, scrutiny, and confirmation as to the scholarship and eminence of the individual in their chosen field."
Membership is extended to researchers of international distinction and is widely considered one of the highest honours a European academic may receive.
Dr Arnds's election recognises his contributions to the fields of Comparative Literature, German Literary and Cultural Studies, and Literary Translation. He currently serves as the Head of Italian and Director of the M.Phil in Comparative Literature at TCD and is the former Director of the M.Phil in Literary Translation.
Academia Europæa has approximately 4,000 members, including 72 Nobel Laureates. In Ireland there are currently only 41 members listed across 21 fields of research. Dr. Arnds will join under the "Literary and Theatrical Studies" category, which at present has six fellow members who are colleagues, Fellow Emeritus, or Honorary Professors associated with Trinity's Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Dr Arnds will be inducted as new member at the 30th Annual Plenary Conference of Academia Europaea in Barcelona, Spain this November. "I am honoured to be joining the long and distinguished list of Professors and Chairs from Trinity who have previously been elected to Academia Europæa membership, and am looking forward to working with fellow members in support of the Academy's mission of advancing research and scholarship across Europe."