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Heather Kerr†

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death in January 2019 of our esteemed colleague and Associate Investigator Dr Heather Kerr. Heather made an extraordinary contribution as a researcher, a teacher, a PhD supervisor, and an academic leader of the first order.

Heather Kerr was a full-term Associate Investigator in the Change Program of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, working in the area of passion, affect, emotion, feeling, and mood and their traditions of representation in the western cultural traditions. She was interested in how feelings are enlisted in the service of moral ideas (ecology, emancipation, justice, etc). Her research focused on the afterlives of 18th century theories of sympathy and other moral sentiments in current discourse about affect and emotion.

Her research interests were the inter-relationships between rhetoric, drama and law in the early modern period, with special reference to the handling of circumstantial evidence, an aspect of her PhD at the University of Birmingham, and of her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Otago.


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