Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry

Dr Matthew Champion

Dr Matthew Champion

Philosophy, Religion, and Culture

BA (Hons), BMus (Hons), MA (Melb), PhD (Lond)

Originally from Melbourne, I moved to the UK write my doctorate at Queen Mary, London, in 2010. After a Junior Research Fellowship in Cambridge, I took up a lectureship in Medieval History at Birkbeck, University of London in 2016. My research focuses on how time was perceived and experienced in medieval and early modern Europe. 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 is due out in late 2017. I am currently preparing a second book on the sound cultures of time between 1300 and 1600, as well as an edition of fifteenth-century texts on calendar reform and biblical chronology with colleagues from Leuven and Oxford. In addition to time, I also work on the history of emotions and the senses, late medieval heresy (including witchcraft and magic), and the history of religious reform.

See also:

Key publications


The Fullness of Time: Temporalities of the Fifteenth-Century Low Countries. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, forthcoming, 2017.

Book chapters

‘Emotions and the Social Order of Time: Constructing History at Louvain’s Carthusian House, 1486–1525’, in Susan Broomhall (ed.), Gender and Emotions in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Destroying Order, Structuring Disorder. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015, 89–108.

‘The Presence of an Absence: Jews in Late-Medieval Louvain’, in Julie Davies and Michael Pickering (eds), A World Enchanted: Magic and the Margins. Essays Presented in Honour of Charles Zika. Melbourne: MHJ Research Series, 2014, 37–67.

Journal articles

‘Symbolic Conflict and Ritual Agency at the Vauderie d’Arras’, Cultural History 3.1 (2014): 1–26.

‘Crushing the Canon: Nicolas Jacquier’s Response to the Canon Episcopi in the Flagellum haereticorum fascinariorum’, Magic, Witchcraft, Ritual 6.2 (2011): 183–211.

‘Scourging the Temple of God: Towards an Understanding of Nicolas Jacquier’s Flagellum haereticorum fascinariorum (1458)’, Parergon 28.1 (2011): 1–24.