Professor Megan Cassidy-Welch

Head of School

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 52620


Megan Cassidy-Welch is Professor of History and Head of the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry. Megan holds degrees from The University of Melbourne (BA Hons; PhD) and the University of London (MA, Medieval Studies). Megan has held continuing academic positions at the University of Tasmania, The University of Melbourne and Monash University. She has held an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (2001‒2004, The University of Melbourne) and an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2011‒2015, Monash University). She has served as President and secretary of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies; Head of the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University; and is an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Megan’s research explores the social and cultural history of the thirteenth century, particularly themes of space, memory and war. She is the author of two books: Monastic Spaces and their Meanings: Thirteenth-Century English Cistercian Monasteries (2001) and Imprisonment in the Medieval Religious Imagination, c. 1150‒1400 (2011) with a third in press: Remembrance Projects: War and Memory at the Time of the Fifth Crusade (Penn State UP, 2019). She is co-editor of Practices of Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (with Peter Sherlock, 2008) and Crusades and Memory (with Anne E. Lester, 2014), editor of Remembering the Crusades and Crusading (Routledge, 2017) and a member of the editorial boards of Europa Sacra (Brepols), Late Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Brepols), The Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies, and the book series Bodies in the City, 1100-1800 (Routledge). Megan's current ARC funded projects are Atrocity: A Cultural and Social History; and (with Dr Dolly MacKinnon) Battlefields of Memory: Places of War and Remembrance in Medieval and Early Modern England and Scotland.


  • Bachelor of Arts (Degree with Honours), University of Melbourne
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Arts), University of Melbourne


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  • Cassidy-Welch, Megan and Lester, Anne E. (2017). Memory and interpretation: new approaches to the study of the crusades. In Megan Cassidy-Welch and Anne E. Lester (Ed.), Memory and interpretation: new approaches to the study of the crusades (pp. Unknown-Unknown) London: Routledge.

  • Cassidy-Welch, Megan (2017). ‘O Damietta’: war memory and crusade in thirteenth-century Egypt. In Megan Cassidy-Welch and Anne E. Lester (Ed.), Crusades and memory: rethinking past and present (pp. Unknown-Unknown) London: Routledge.

  • Cassidy-Welch, Megan (2016). Remembering in the time of the Crusades: concepts and practices. In Remembering the Crusades and Crusading (pp. 3-10) London, United Kingdom: Taylor and Francis. doi:10.4324/9781315543253

  • Cassidy-Welch, Megan (2015). Dixit quod nunquam vidit haereticos: dissimulation and self-censorship in thirteenth-century inquisitorial testimonies. In Han Baltussen and Peter Davis (Ed.), The art of veiled speech: self-censorship from Aristophanes to Hobbes (pp. 251-268) Philadelphia, PA United States: University of Pennsylvania Press.

  • Cassidy-Welch, Megan (2015). La filiation de Clairvaux: les îles britanniques. In Arnaud Baudin (Ed.), Clairvaux: L’aventure cistercienne (pp. 107-109) Paris: Somogy éditions d'Art.

  • Cassidy-Welch, Megan (2015). Order, emotion, and gender in the crusade letters of jacques de vitry. In Susan Broomhall (Ed.), Gender and Emotions in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Destroying order, Structuring Disorder (pp. 35-50) Farnham, England: Ashgate Publishing.

  • Cassidy-Welch, Megan (2012). Refugees: views from thirteenth-century France. In Celia Chazelle, Simon Doubleday, Felice Lifshitz and Amy G. Remensnyder (Ed.), Why the Middle Ages matter: medieval light on modern injustice (pp. 141-153) London: Routledge.

  • Cassidy-Welch, Megan (2011). Incarcération du corps et libération de l’esprit: un motif hagiographique. In Isabelle Heullant-Donat, Elisabeth Lusset and Julie Claustre (Ed.), Enfermements: Le Cloître et la prison au moyen âge (VIe-XVIIIe siècle) (pp. 57-70) Paris, France: Publications de la Sorbonne.

  • Cassidy-Welch, Megan (2009). Images of incarceration in late-medieval art. In Gregory Kratzmann (Ed.), Imagination, Books and Community in Medieval Europe: papers of a conference held at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, 29-31 May, 2008, in conjunction with an exhibition 'The Medieval Imagination', 28 March - 15 June 2008 (pp. 190-195) South Yarra, VIC, Australia: MacMillan Art Publishing/State Library of Victoria.

  • Cassidy-Welch, Megan (2008). Grief and memory after the Battle of Agincourt. In L. J. Andrew Villalon and Donald J. Kagay (Ed.), The Hundred Years War (part II): different vistas (pp. 133-150) Leiden: Brill. doi:10.1163/ej.9789004168213.i-480.36

  • Cassidy-Welch, Megan and Sherlock, Peter (2008). Reflecting and creating gender in late-medieval and early-modern Europe. In Megan Cassidy-Welch and Megan Cassidy-Welch (Ed.), Practices of gender in late medieval and early modern Europe (pp. 317-326) Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers. doi:10.1484/m.lmems-eb.3.763

  • Cassidy-Welch, Megan (2005). ‘A place of horror and vast solitude’: Medieval monasticism and the Australian landscape. In Stephanie Trigg (Ed.), Medievalism and the gothic in Australian culture (pp. 189-204) Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers. doi:10.1484/m.mmages-eb.4.000032

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