Saturday, July 17, 2010

Success!

An extraordinary day. Logged onto email this morning and found a flood of congratulatory notes. The Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotion, 1100-1800, based at the University of Western Australia, has been funded! The Australian Research Council has awarded us 93% of what we asked for; and together with the contributions of our partner institutions (Unis of Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland) we have a budget of $30 million over seven years.

It is an amazing coup for the humanities; as these centres are rarely awarded to our disciplines. All that running around and rehearsing for the interview was totally worth it.

I sat through various sessions today with an enormous grin on my face, and shall be opening a bottle of something with bubbles in it tonight: dinner is at l’Osteria le Logge, Siena. Drop by and raise a glass with me!

15 comments:

Hannah Kilpatrick said...

That's wonderful! Congratulations - and well done!

Steve Muhlberger said...

Funding for the humanities granted rather than cut? Congratulations!

Alison said...

Congratulations, Stephanie - that is a truly amazing achievement - well done.

ThirdCat said...

Congratulations! What an achievement. And I found your post about all your preparations not just amazing but inspiring too.

Kerryn Goldsworthy said...

You're right, that is wonderful news not only for you and the team but also for the reputation of the humanities -- what a truly valuable thing you've done. It's been in the planning for a very long time, hasn't it -- how fantastic that all that work has paid off. Would certainly come to l'Osteria le Logge for a champers tonight if only they'd perfected the travel technology. Congratulations, love -- as though being in Siena were not enough, you now get to walk around it in a rosy haze.

WV is 'frocalo' which I interpret as the imperative mood of the Italian verb for 'get celebratorily frocked up'.

flipsockgrrl said...

A fine achievement for you and the bid team -- congratulations!

Penthe said...

Hurrah.

Nicole said...

huzzah! What great news.

Gillian Polack said...

That's excellent! Congratulations!!

genevieve said...

That is so exciting - and to be in Siena drinking to it is the icing on the cake, yeah? Congratulations!

Kathleen said...

Auguroni! Great news for you the, the field, the humanities - wonderful!

Motel in Albury said...

Hi Stephanie,

congratulations, how good does it feel to finally see the hard work pay off? especially when fighting what seems to be an up hill battle!

Bavardess said...

So excellent to hear this! I'm thrilled for you all - well done.

Melbourne Restaurant said...

Hello Stephanie,

What an outstanding achievement, I could imagine it would have been hard to describe in words how you must have been feeling at the time of the announcement...

MC said...

Tremendous news. Really looking forward to seeing the research!!