The following three researchers left the project in the summer of 2019 but remain associated with MALMECC:
David Murray – Research Associate David’s contribution to the Oxford MALMECC project is a study of the songs of the anonymous Monk of Salzburg, one of the most productive composers of the German middle ages, in the context of the cosmopolitan court of Pilgrim II of Puechheim, Prince Archbishop of Salzburg (1365-96), and its interactions with the Imperial court at Prague and the Papal court at Avignon. David is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the NWO-funded research project The Multilingual Dynamics of the Literary Culture of Medieval Flanders, circa. 1200 – circa. 1500 at Utrecht University.
Read more about David and his work here.
Laura Slater- Research Associate Laura is focussing on ‘Gender, Lineage and Patterns of Patronage in Late Medieval France, England and the Low Countries’. She is researching the cultural patronage and courtly role/s of Queen Philippa of Hainault, looking particularly at the illuminated manuscripts associated with her and their unusual musical content. Her broader research interests centre on the relationships between art, ideas, power and politics in medieval Britain and Europe. She is also interested in medieval responses to antiquity and the Holy Land. She is currently University lecturer in Medieval Art and Architecture in the Department of History of Art and a Fellow of Peterhouse in the University of Cambridge.
Read more about Laura and her work here.
Christophe Masson – Research Associate Christophe is investigating the cultural (especially the musical) life of cardinal’s courts. He aims to define the role played by princes of the Church who had to help to rule a universal government in a context of political centralization around nation states. He is particularly interested in the period of the Avignon papacy and of the Great Western Schism. His broader research interests cover late medieval warfare, political history, and the history of the Principality of Liège. He is currently Chercheur qualifié F.R.S. – FNRS in the research Unit (Unité de Recherche) Transitions at the University of Liège.
Read more about Christophe and his work here.
The following researchers pursue independent projects on late medieval court cultures that synergize with the work of the MALMECC team.
Soterraña Aguirre Rincón
Soterraña is Professor of Musicology at the University of Valladolid (Spain). She is also responsible for the Interuniversity Doctoral Programme in Musicology (Universidad Complutense de Madrid and University of Valladolid). She has been the director of the research projects that have studied The World of Urban Music under the Crown of Castile (XV-XVII) [2006-2009] and Music and Culture in the Kingdom of Castile (XV-XVII) [2011-15]; and in cooperation with Prof. John Griffiths, Urban soundscape in Renaissance Spain (2007-2010). She is currently the coordinator of a team of seventeen members dedicated to study The Renaissance Musical Work: Foundations, Repertories and Practices, a project funded by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness of Spain (http://contrapunto.uva.es/).
Soterraña will collaborate with the MALMECC project during the 2019-20 academic year, studying a collection of songs in Spanish that reached an unusual diffusion in Italian, French-Flemish, German, Portuguese and Castilian courts at the end of the Middle Ages and beginnings of the Modern Era. She will focus on the sociocultural analysis of the earliest manuscripts which contain them, particularly Bologna Q16 and Oxford 831, preserved in the Bodleian Library.
Ingrid Ciulisová is a Senior Research Fellow in Art History at the Art Research Centre of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (Institute of Art History) in Bratislava. Her interests encompass the fields of late Gothic and early modern art in Europe as well as the historiography of art history. She has published on art in the Low Countries, the history of art collecting, the history of art history and the preservation of monuments. In addition to numerous articles, such as ´Art collecting of the Central-European aristocracy in the nineteenth century: The case of Count Pálffy ´(Journal of the History of Collections, 2006), ´Memory and Witness: ´Translated Images´´ (Revue Belge d’Archéologie et d’Histoire de l’Art, 2009), and ´Dvořák’s pupil Johannes Wilde (1891–1970)´ (Journal of Art Historiography, 2016), her publications include two monographs: Paintings of the 16th Century Netherlandish Masters: Slovak Art Collections (2006), and Men of Taste: Essays on Art Collecting in East-Central Europe (2014). Recently she has edited and co-edited The Habsburgs and their Courts in Europe, 1400–1700: Between Cosmopolitanism and Regionalism (together with Herbert Karner and Bernardo J. García García) (2014), and Artistic Innovations and Cultural Zones (2015).
Ingrid has been a Visiting Fellow at The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) in Wassenaar and a Mellon Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. In addition, she has been awarded a Visiting Fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Studies of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts in Brussels, and at I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, in Florence. She was also invited to be a Guest Scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles in 2017-18.
In 2018 she was awarded a Marie-Curie Sklodowska Fellowship. During her tenure as the Marie Curie Fellow in the Department of History of Art of Oxford and a Research Associate at Corpus Christi College, Ingrid will be pursuing her current research project on the power of marvelous objects possessed by the fourteenth-century Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV of Luxembourg.
From June 2019 Gancarczyk is Principal Investigator in the three-year project “Music in the Teutonic Order State in Prussia: Sources, Repertoires, Contexts”, funded by the National Science Centre, Poland. The aim of the research is to establish the extent to which the musical culture of the Teutonic Order was a unique phenomenon resulting from the specific character of the monastic state and its ideological and political goals. Together with Piotr Ziółkowski (PhD student), Gancarczyk explores the music associated with the cult of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the European contexts of the culture of the Teutonic Order State. An important aspect of this research is the musical life at the court of the Grand Master and the issue of travelling musicians in the late Middle Ages. The project will result in a doctoral thesis and a series of articles and conference papers.