Philippa Maddern†

Professor Philippa Maddern was the Founding Director and a Chief Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, and Professor of History at The University of Western Australia until her death on 16 June 2014. Her CHE-related research  projects explored: how emotions worked in late-medieval English law, families, and religious life; and how late-medieval people in northwestern Europe actually interpreted expression of emotion in faces, gestures and behaviour.

Memorial Page for Prof. Philippa Maddern

Remembering Philippa Maddern

Wikipedia: Philippa Maddern


Research Projects

Emotions at Work: Family, Law and Religious Life in Late-Medieval England

Signs of Emotion: Late-Medieval Europeans’ Interpretations of Emotional Behaviour

Selected Publications

Maddern, P.†, J. McEwan and A. M. Scott, eds. Performing Emotions in Early Europe. Turnhout: Brepols, 2018.

Maddern, P.†, J. McEwan and A. M. Scott. ‘Introduction: Performing Emotions in Medieval and Early Modern Worlds’. In Performing Emotions in Early Europe, edited by P. Maddern†, J. McEwan and A. M. Scott, pp. xiii–xxx. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2018.

Maddern, P.† ‘“It is Full Merry in Heaven”: The Pleasurable Connotations of “Merriment” in Late Medieval England’.  In Pleasure in the Middle Ages, edited by N. Cohen-Hanegbi and P. Nagy, pp. 21–38. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2018.

Maddern, P.† ‘Reading Faces: How Did Late Medieval Europeans Interpret Emotions in Faces?’. postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 8.1 (2017): 12‒34.

Maddern, P.† ‘Rhetorics of Death and Resurrection: Child Death in Late-Medieval English Miracle Tales’. In Death, Emotion and Childhood in Premodern Europe, edited by K. Barclay, C. Rawnsley and K. Reynolds, pp. 45‒64. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Maddern, P.† ‘A Market for Charitable Performances? Bequests to the Poor and their Recipients in Fifteenth-Century Norwich Wills’. Experiences of Charity 1250–1650, edited by Anne Scott, pp. 79103. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015; London: Routledge, 2016.

Maddern, P.† ‘Murdering Souls and Killing Bodies: Understanding Spiritual and Physical Sin in Late-Medieval English Devotional Works’. In Conjunctions of Mind, Soul and Body from Plato to the Enlightenment, edited by D. Kambasković, pp.2545. Dordrecht: Springer, Studies in the History of the Philosophy of Mind 15, 2014.

Maddern, P. ‘How Children were Supposed to Feel: How Children Felt: England 1350-1530’. In Childhood and Emotion: Across Cultures 14501800, edited by C. Jarzebowski and T. M. Safley, pp.12140. London and New York: Routledge, 2014.

Selected Presentations

Presentation: ‘Rhetorics of Death and Resurrection: Child Death in Late-medieval English Miracle Tales’, International Symposium ‘Children’s Literature, Childhood Death and the Emotions, 1500–1800', The University of Western Australia, 5 December 2013.

Invited Plenary Panel: ‘Pleasure in the Medieval World; Themes and Conclusions’, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, UK, 4 July 2013.

Presentation: ‘The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions: Who are we? What do we do? How can you be involved?’, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, UK, 3 July 2013.

Presentation: ‘“Be mery…and eate your mete lyke a woman”; Merriment, Health and Salvation in Late-Medieval English Texts’, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, UK, 3 July 2013.

Panel Organisation: ‘Eat, Read and Be Merry; Social Pleasure and its Implications in Late-Medieval England and France’, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, UK, 3 July 2013.

Invited Presentation: ‘Where did (Wo)men Weep and why?  Space, Gender and the Meanings of Tears in Late-Medieval England’, Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Chia-Yi University, Taiwan, 20 June 2013.

Invited Presentation: ‘Reading Faces: How did Late Medieval Europeans Interpret Emotions in Faces?’, Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Chia-Yi University, Taiwan, 20 June 2013.

Invited Presentation: ‘Where did (Wo)men Weep and Why?  Space, Gender and the Meanings of Tears in Late-Medieval England’, Seminar for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany, 21 May 2013.

Presentation: ‘Moving Scenes: Emotional Performance and Court Judgements in Late-Medieval English Church Courts, Ninth Biennial Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Monash University, Melbourne, 14 February 2013.

Invited paper: ‘“Face: The Mirror of the Soul”? Ambiguities in Reading the Face in Late Medieval England', 'Faces of Emotions: Medieval to Postmodern' collaboratory, The University of Melbourne, 6 December 2012.

Invited Paper: ‘Why Emotions Matter?  Interdisciplinary reflections from History’, DFG Research Training Group Colloquium Seminar, University of Kassel, Germany, 23 October 2012.

Invited Keynote Public Evening Lecture: ‘Where did Women Weep?  Female Emotion Public and Private, in Late-Medieval England’, DFG Research Training Group Colloquium, ‘Dynamics of Space and Gender’, University of Kassel, Germany, 22 October 2012.

Lecture: ‘New Histories and the History of Emotions: Implications for Teaching History’, History Teachers Association Conference, Perth, 4 October 2012.

Panel Contribution: ‘Crossing Time and Space in the Medieval City: Authenticity and the Recreation of the Ludus Danielis’, European Science Foundation-funded workshop on Recreated Medieval Music Events and European city Heritage, Central European University, Budapest, 10 September 2012.

Paper: ‘The Meaning of Tears: Reading and Writing Tears in Late-Medieval English texts’, 'Languages of Emotion: Concepts, Codes, Communities' collaboratory, St Catherine's College, UWA, 25 August 2012.

Outreach Lecture: ‘Anger and Love in the Middle Ages’, UWA Extension Program, The University of Western Australia, 14 August 2012.

Invited lecture: ‘The Past is Not What it Used to Be: Reflections on the Future of Western Australian History’, AGM address to History Council of Western Australia, Constitutional Centre, Perth, 1 August 2012.

Outreach Talk: ‘Managing Fear and Anger the Medieval Way', University of the Third Age, Perth, Western Australia, 5 March 2012.

Invited Lecture: ‘Why a History of Emotion?’, BPhil Orientation Program, St Catherine’s College, UWA, 17 February 2012.

In Memorium

Alessi, P. and D. Seiler, eds. ‘A Festschrift in Memory of Philippa Maddern’. Special issue,  Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies 20.3 (2015).

Zika, C. and S. Broomhall. ‘Obituary: Philippa (Pip) Maddern (1952–2014)’. Australian Historical Studies 45.3 (2014): 45051.