As part of the project, MALMECC is co-sponsoring workshops in Prague and in Meissen. These events were due to take place in March and April 2020 respectively, but have been postponed due to Covid-19. New dates will be announced in due course.

The project held a conference in Oxford in 2019 (see below) in addition to organising numerous informal encounters.


The Luxembourgs in Late Medieval Europe: Old Topics, New Perspectives: Postponed due to Covid-19

More information about MALMECC presenter at this event, Dr. Uri Smilansky, can be found on our blog here.

This two-day international workshop will host a dozen eminent speakers from universities across Europe.

The workshop is held under the auspices of H.E. Mr. Gérard Philipps, Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

The workshop takes place at the Centre for Medieval Studies in Prague and attendance is free.

For more information about the programme, please click below.
Programme: PRAGUE Workshop Programme 2020 Final


Our previous events can be found below

Conference: Music and Late Medieval European Court Cultures
Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, 26-27 September 2019

Please also see the Conference page


Illustration of courtiers in April

©Photo. R.M.N. / R.-G. OjŽda

Late medieval European court cultures have traditionally been studied from a mono-disciplinary and national(ist) perspective. This has obscured much of the interplay of cultural performances that informed “courtly life”. Recent work by medievalists has routinely challenged this, but disciplinary boundaries remain strong. The MALMECC project therefore has been exploring late medieval court cultures and the role of sounds and music in courtly life across Europe in a transdisciplinary, team-based approach that brings together art history, general history, literary history, and music history. Team members explore the potential of transdisciplinary work by focusing on discrete subprojects within the chronological boundaries 1280-1450 linked to each other through shared research axes, e.g., the social condition of ecclesiastic(s at) courts, the transgenerational and transdynastic networks generated by genetic lineage and marriage, the performativity of courtly artefacts and physical as well as social spaces, and the social, linguistic and geographic mobility of court(ier)s.

Illumination of a castle in September

Image: Frères Limbourg, “Septembre”, Les très riches heures du duc de Berry (Chantilly, Musée Condé, Ms 65, fol. 9v).

Colloque – Transnationalité à la cour / Transnationalism at Court, University of Liège – 21st and 22nd March 2019

More information about this event can be found on our blog here.

Palace of the prince-bishops

The MALMECC project seeks to question some of the methods of medieval historiography, particularly with regard to the role played by music in politics, religion, and the arts in courtly spaces.   One model which the project seeks to engage with is that of the nation-state, a framework which can encourage historians to consider as peripheral those areas which at one time had a significant cultural role, but which have since disappeared with the formation of modern geopolitical entities.  These areas, like the former principality of Liège, today “divided” between Belgium and the Netherlands, or the regions governed by the Luxembourg dynasty in the years 1250-1450, (including parts of France, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg) were the focus of this study day, which examined pre-national and transnational exchanges in the area surrounding the Netherlands in comparison with the wider European context.

Le projet de recherche MALMECC vise à questionner les principaux modèles historiographiques relatifs à la période médiévale, en se concentrant plus particulièrement sur le rôle de la musique dans la politique, la religion et les arts en milieu curial. Un de ces modèles est celui de la création de l’Etat-nation, ce qui conduit à considérer comme périphériques de larges aires géographiques qui jouèrent pourtant à l’époque un rôle culturel et identitaire de premier plan mais qui ont depuis disparu au sein de nations modernes, à l’image de l’ancienne principauté de Liège, aujourd’hui « divisée » entre Belgique et Pays-Bas, ou les régions gouvernées par la dynastie de Luxembourg au cours des années 1250-1450, qui incluaient des parties des actuelles France, Pologne, République tchèque, Allemagne, Belgique et Luxembourg. Cette conférence était dédiée à l’étude de tels phénomènes et échanges culturels pré-nationaux et transnationaux, autour des Pays-Bas et d’une comparaison avec le contexte européen.

For more information, please see the Transnationalism at Court Programme.


Avignon as Transcultural Hub’, Oxford – 8th February 2019

This MALMECC study day considered a range of themes centering around cultural transfers and scientific knowledge in papal Avignon, providing fresh understanding through interdisciplinary discussion based on a series of short position papers. Please see the full programme for more information.

As well as members of the MALMECC team, speakers included:

– Anna Alberni (Barcelona)

–  Étienne Anheim (EHESS Paris)

– Karen Cook (Hartford)

– Antonio Calvia (Pavia)

– Stefano Cingolani (Barcelona)

– Sarah Griffin (Oxford)

– James Hillson (Cambridge)

– Maria Sofia Lannutti (Florence)

– Chiara Martignano (Florence)

– Philipp Nothaft (Oxford)


On the eve of the study day, participants were encouraged to attend the following presentation in the Seminars in Late Medieval and Renaissance Music series convened by Margaret Bent at All Souls College, Oxford.

7th February 2019: 5-7 pm, Wharton Room, All Souls College, Oxford

Étienne Anheim (Directeur d’études, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris)

‘The musical chapel of the popes in Avignon during the fourteenth century

You can read more about this event on our blog at

“Thank you for a very stimulating and truly interdisciplinary day!” – Professor Catherine Leglu, University of Reading





Translingualism in Late Medieval European Court Cultures: England – Low Countries – Germany – France 


On 2nd November, the MALMECC team hosted a study day on ‘Translingualism in Late Medieval European Court Cultures’.

The day took place at St Luke’s Chapel, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Oxford, and more details on timings can be found on the Translingualism Programme

Courtiers feasting

(Museé Condé, MS 65, f.1v)

Speakers were as follows;

 – Em. prof. dr. Frank Willaert (Antwerp), ‘Hovedauncis and rés d’Alemaigne

 – Prof. Karl Kügle (Oxford), ‘King Rudolf, Porridge, and Machaut’s B33′

 – Dr David Murray (Oxford), ‘The Monk of Salzburg and the Song Traditions of later Medieval Europe’

 – Prof. Elizabeth Eva Leach (Oxford), ‘Ripping Romance to Ribbons: the French of German and  English knights in Douce 308’


We were also pleased to welcome a range of formal discussants; Prof. Margaret Bent (Oxford), Prof. Ardis Butterfield (Yale), Matt Lampitt (KCL), Prof. Catherine Leglu (Reading), Prof. Nigel Palmer (Oxford), Prof. Yolanda Plumley (Exeter), Dr Uri Smilansky (KCL), and Prof. Almut Suerbaum (Oxford).


On the eve of the study day, participants were encouraged to attend the following presentation in the Seminars in Late Medieval and Renaissance Music series convened by Margaret Bent at All Souls College, Oxford.

1 November 2018: 5-7 pm, Wharton Rm, All Souls College, Oxford

Elizabeth Eva Leach, ‘The motets of Douce 308: evidence for a more extensive monophonic tradition?’

You can read a summary of the event on our blog at

Cultural Production and Late Medieval Ecclesiastical Courts


On 16th and 17th February 2018, the Music and Late Medieval European Court Cultures team followed up on their successful 2017 workshop with a study day focussing on the particularities of ecclesiastical courts.

The study day examined several aspects of this theme, providing fresh insight through interdisciplinary discussion of topics such as courts in papal Avignon, and the courtly life of the Teutonic Order.  A detailed schedule can be found by clicking here.  Speakers included;

– Prof. Étienne Anheim, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris

– Prof. Werner Paravicini, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

– Prof. Andreas Bihrer, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

–  Prof. Yolanda Plumley, University of Exeter, (Discussant)

 You can also read about the event on our blog at


Methodological Innovation in Late Medieval Studies

In April 2017, MALMECC held its inaugural workshop at Wadham College.   Its aim was to generate a collective experience of sharing and learning through debate and questioning,  with a format similar to that of an advanced research seminar.  Discussants considered a range of themes centring around ‘Methodological Innovation in Late Medieval Studies’.

Download the full programme; MALMECC Workshop 27-28 April 2017, or read about the event on our blog.

 “I found [the workshop] extremely interesting and stimulating, and very productive for my own research” – Pablo Gonzalez Martin, DPhil Candidate in History and La Caixa Postgraduate Scholar, Wadham College.

Medieval harpist