Areas of expertise: medieval and early modern history; medieval European religious, intellectual, and cultural history; history of Christianity; history of emotions; history of sexuality; medieval heresy; magic; medieval ideas of the afterlife; and medieval devotional cultures
Phone: +61 3 9230 8395
Location: ACU Melbourne Campus
Born in the United States, Dr Michael Barbezat moved to Canada to earn his PhD at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. After Toronto, he held a research fellowship at the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions at the University of Western Australia in Perth. Dr Barbezat’s research questions medieval conceptions of the afterlife and how these conceptions both reflect and helped to shape the ordering, institutions, and experience of the regular world. His first book, Burning Bodies: Communities, Eschatology, and the Punishment of Heresy in the Middle Ages, was published in late 2018. He is currently working on a second book project regarding the desire to speak with the dead as a type of historical engagement.