Philippa Maddern Prize


The Philippa Maddern Prize commemorates the late Professor Philippa Maddern, a noted scholar of medieval English social history at The University of Western Australia, and the founding Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. It is awarded to the author of the essay judged to be the best of those published in Emotions: History, Culture, Society each year. The prize is AUD500, funded from Philippa's bequest.

The criteria for the prize are:

  • an intellectually challenging and persuasive argument
  • persuasive application of emotion theories
  • provides a new and innovative perspective in the field of the history of emotion

Volume 3 (2019) Winner

Penelope Rossiter, for her article 'The Municipal Pool in Australia: Emotional Geography and Affective Intensities’. Emotions: History, Culture, Society 3.2 (2019): 300–20.

The judging panel has awarded the Philippa Maddern Prize for 2019 to Dr Penelope Rossiter, Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Social Analysis at Western Sydney University, for her essay ‘The Municipal Pool in Australia: Emotional Geography and Affective Intensities’, published in EHCS 3.2. Based on interviews with users of the Lawson Olympic Pool in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, the essay explores ‘how to think and write about “affective intensities” that energise the emotional identifications with, and experiences of, place but that have no linear or necessary relation to particular emotions, no determinacy and no measure’. In the words of one reader, "This is a beautifully written and engaging article, which will be of great value to scholars of affect and emotions in a range of disciplines who are interested in place, geography, affect theory, tears, grief and memory".

The Society for the History of Emotions warmly congratulates Penny Rossiter on her success.

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Volume 2 (2018) Winner

Erin Sullivan, for her article 'The Role of the Arts in the History of Emotions: Aesthetic Experience and Emotion as Method'. Emotions: History, Culture, Society 2.1 (2018): 113–31.

Volume 1 (2017) Winner

Ben Gook, for his article 'Ecstatic Melancholic: Ambivalence, Electronic Music and Social Change around the Fall of the Berlin Wall'. Emotions: History, Culture, Society 1.2 (2017): 11–37.