17 June 2014  

Research sector mourns loss of leader in the humanities

Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Professor Aidan Byrne, has extended his condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Professor Philippa Maddern following the sad news of her passing.

Professor Maddern was an internationally renowned researcher in humanities and social sciences and was the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

Professor Byrne said she would be sorely missed across the research sector, in particular those involved in the humanities discipline.

"Professor Maddern was passionate about her research field and while she always acknowledged the importance of science she was a strong defender of the importance of the humanities, in particular historians and geneaologists, in our research landscape.

"Her role as the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of the Emotions was vitally important.

"The research programs conducted by the Centre examine the identification and expression of emotions, how emotions can drive social, political and economic change, and the influence our European heritage has on our attitudes and emotions today.

"Professor Maddern was having an informative impact in this area of research and I am sure  her legacy will live on in the researchers she supported and worked with.

"On behalf of the ARC, I extend my sincere condolences to Professor Maddern's family and friends, her research colleagues at the University of Western Australia, more generally in Australia and across the globe," Professor Byrne said.

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