Dr Matthew S. Champion

Senior Research Fellow
Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Dr Matthew S. Champion

Areas of expertise: history; medieval and early modern studies; temporalities; history of the senses; sound studies; visual culture; history and theory

Email: matthew.champion@acu.edu.au

Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

After studying classics, history and music at the University of Melbourne, I moved to London in 2010 to write my doctorate in medieval history at Queen Mary, University of London. After a Junior Research Fellowship at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, I took up a Lectureship in Medieval History at Birkbeck, University of London in 2016. In 2020 I returned to Melbourne to a Senior Research Fellowship at the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry.

My research to date has focused on how time was perceived and experienced from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century. I’m particularly interested in how liturgy, objects, images, and music shaped temporalities. My first book, The Fullness of Time: Temporalities of the Fifteenth-Century Low Countries was published in late 2017, and was awarded the 2018 Gladstone Prize from the Royal Historical Society. My second book, scheduled to appear in late 2020, is co-authored with colleagues in Leuven and Oxford and addresses fierce debates over chronology and the calendar at the University of Leuven in the late fifteenth century. I am currently writing a third book that investigates global sound cultures of time between 1300 and 1600, supported by a major Australian Research Council grant, ’The Sounds of Time’.

In addition to my work on time, I also work on the history of medieval religious reform and heresy, particularly the history of witchcraft and demonology, the history of medieval senses and emotions, and the history of sound, visual culture and liturgy.

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Accolades and awards 

  • 2019 Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DE200101479), The Sounds of Time, $424,813
  • 2018 Royal Historical Society Gladstone Prize
  • 2016 Sugden Fellow, Queen’s College, University of Melbourne
  • 2016 International Early Career Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
  • 2015 Frances A. Yates Fellow, Warburg Institute, London
  • 2013 Mellon Fellow, University of Warwick and Newberry Library, Chicago

Public engagement

I have appeared in over 158 media outlets, including Fairfax papers, AAP, and 7 News, and featured on ABC Radio (Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, and Regional Victoria), 2GB (Sydney), and BBC Radio 4. In addition I have written for outlets including the BBC's HistoryExtra, and Transactions, for the Royal Historical Society.

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