16/07/2010 - 15:23

$24.5m for humanities excellence at UWA

16/07/2010 - 15:23

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The University of Western Australia has been awarded $24.5 million to set up a Centre of Excellence in the History of Emotion.

$24.5m for humanities excellence at UWA

The University of Western Australia has been awarded $24.5 million to set up a Centre of Excellence in the History of Emotion.

The university has also been included in seven of the nations 13 Centres of Excellence.

UWA will work with other universities in Australia, as well as Canada, China, Europe, Israel, the UK and the US in research ranging from astro-physics to geotechnical science and engineering.

The Centre of Excellence in the History of Emotion will be directed by UWA historian, Winthrop Professor Philippa Maddern of the School of Humanities.

"Emotions shape our mental, physical and social well-being," Professor Maddern said.

"Our research will illuminate this crucial aspect of Australia's cultural and social heritage, and invigorate Australian culture through major reflective performances in drama, opera and art.

"By addressing the big question of how societies think, feel and function, it will provide greatly enhanced understandings of how to improve emotional health among modern Australians. It will train and mentor a new generation of young Australian researchers and heighten Australia's international reputation for excellence in Humanities and Performing Arts research," she said.

UWA will also been involved in Centres of Excellence focused on All-Sky Astrophysics; Core to Crust Fluid Systems; Engineered Quantum Systems; Environmental Decisions; Geotechnical Science and Engineering; and the Study of Cognition and its Disorders.

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