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Keagan Brewer

Dr Keagan Brewer successfully completed his PhD at The University of Sydney in 2016, graduating in 2017, with support from a Top-Up scholarship from the ARC Centre for the History of the Emotions (CHE). His work centres on the emotion of wonder in the central Middle Ages and how it intersects with scepticism. He has also written on medieval legends such as the legend of Prester John. His scholarly interests include intercultural encounter and the global Middle Ages, medieval understandings of distant lands, the history and philosophy of medieval science, medieval orality and travel narratives. In mid-June 2018, Brewer was appointed Honorary Research Associate in the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at The University of Sydney. He has lectured at the Australian Catholic University and The University of Sydney in 2018 and 2019, and was appointed in March 2019 as deputy representative of the CHE node The University of Sydney.



Wonder and Scepticism in the Long Twelfth Century


Brewer, K. Wonder and Skepticism in the Middle Ages. London and New York: Routledge, 2016.

Brewer, K. (compiler and translator). Prester John: The Legend and its Sources. Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate, 2015.


Symposium Paper:  ‘Fear and Wonder as Tools for Belief Control, and the Possibility of Atheism in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Western Europe’, ‘Religion and Emotion in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, c.1100–1800’ symposium, The University of Adelaide, 23 November 2018.