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Professor, Department of Art History, University of Sydney

Ann Elias is Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Sydney. Research interests include: camouflage as a military, social and aesthetic phenomenon; flowers and their cultural history; coral reef imagery of the underwater realm. Books include Camouflage Australia: art, nature, science and war (2011), Useless Beauty: flowers and Australian art (2015), and Coral Empire (2019). She is a Research Affiliate with the Sydney Environment Institute. New research looks at an environmental history of Sydney Harbour, focusing on the underwater.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Theoretical Enquiry, University of Sydney