Want to hear more about the project and its research areas? A list of our forthcoming and recent event activities is below. Entries are in reverse chronological order, so you might need to scroll down to find everything that’s happening soon.
Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference (MedRen) 2018, Maynooth – 6th July 2018
On 6th July, the team will be presenting a themed session on ‘Sounds, spaces and social control in late medieval European courts and cities’, which will include papers on sound and power, episcopal Salzburg, the courts of cardinals in Avignon, and the psalter of Philippa of Hainault. You can find information at https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/news-events/medieval-and-renaissance-music-conference-medren-2018.
Leeds International Medieval Congress 2018 – 5th July 2018
MALMECC are delighted to announce that we will be holding a session at Leeds IMC this year on 5th July. Session 1154 will contain papers from the research team on the topics of ‘Philippa of Hainault and Her Manuscripts’, ‘Organising Sound in Salzburg under Archbishop Pilgrim II’ and ‘Courtly Feasts in Avignon, 1378–1403: Cultural Displays as Political Scripts’. For more information, please click here
Soundscapes: New challenges, new horizons – 5th-7th April 2018
Laura Slater will be taking part in ‘Soundscapes: New challenges, new horizons’ as part of an academic session within the Association for Art History Annual Conference at the Courtauld Institute of Art and KCL in April 2018. Her paper will explore how the Psalter of Queen Philippa framed and evoked the experience of sacred sound, and the ways that it may have shaped ritual public performances of queenly piety. More information can be found at http://www.forarthistory.org.uk/events/annual-conference-2018/
Queen Philippa of Hainault and her Psalter – 14th February 2018
Laura Slater spoke at the Dr Williams’s Library lecture series to discuss her work with MS Ancient 6, an extremely small psalter first owned by Queen Philippa of Hainault, wife of Edward III of England, and which may have been made as a wedding gift to mark Philippa’s marriage to Edward in 1328. This talk examined the contents and imagery of MS Ancient 6 in this context, highlighting the traces it bears of contemporary political upheavals in England, and discussing the devotional practices it may have been prescribing for the new queen. More information can be found at http://dwl.ac.uk/event.php?&event=28.
Plainsong and Medieval Music Society 2018 Study Day and Council Meeting – 20th January 2018
This study day accompanied the exhibition “Fragments of note: the afterlives of medieval manuscripts” at Magdalen College, Oxford, which examines the numerous medieval manuscript fragments held at Magdalen, largely medieval books that have been dismantled in the early modern period and re-used as binding waste or covers. Karl Kügle spoke on “Courtly perils vs eternal salvation: Reading Degentis vita/Cum vix artidici“. For more information about the Fragments of Note exhibition, please see the Magdalen website at http://www.magd.ox.ac.uk/libraries-and-archives/news/new-exhibition-fragments-of-note/
‘Introducing MALMECC’ – A feature in the Oxford Musician
We are proud to be featured in this year’s edition of The Oxford Musician, the alumni magazine of the Faculty of Music here at the University of Oxford. You can find out more about the project and our research by reading the article here.
‘The Monk of Salzburg and the Schöne Madonnen’ – Yale University – 5th December 2017
David Murray spoke about late 14th century Marian Devotion at Yale University’s Medieval Lunch Series. http://medieval.yale.edu/events/yale-medieval-lunch-series
‘Across Court and Cloister: Jerusalem in Medieval Europe’ – Cambridge University Medieval Art Seminar – 6th November 2017
On 6th November, Laura gave a talk at the History of Art Department at Cambridge University which explored the transmission and communication of architectural forms from the Holy Land to Europe. Maps, pilgrimage accounts and local architectural replicas of the Christian holy places allowed medieval Europeans to undertake a mental or ‘virtual’ pilgrimage, walking in the footsteps of Christ while remaining safely at home. Many of these images and replicas were deliberately vague and inexact, encouraging the viewer to imagine Jerusalem for themselves. Yet in the fifteenth century, more precise and ‘accurate’ (by modern standards) images of the Holy Sepulchre emerged in prints and paintings. Laura highlighted the possible role of Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy in encouraging the drawing of Jerusalem ‘from life’ by artists and officials working at the Burgundian court. Her paper then examined an unusual portrait of Jerusalem found in a book of hours owned by René of Anjou, Duke of Anjou and King of Naples. It presents the holy city as a rare and exotic courtly possession, redolent of political and familial as much as devotional meaning.
“Music and Lay Devotion in Late Medieval England” – Somerville College – 15th October 2017
Laura Slater spoke at Somerville College Chapel, Oxford, as part of their evening ‘Music and Spirituality’ seminar series. The talk was accompanied by readings and music from the Somerville College choir.
The Monk of Salzburg’s Marian Sequences and the Schöne Madonnen – 26th June 2017
David Murray gave a talk at the British Academy Symposium Eloquence in Sound and Stone; English Music and Alabaster Images c.1380-1520 (2nd Edition) on the 26th June. The symposium was followed by music from the highly-regarded Binchois Consort.
“New Directions in Medievalist Research” – Utrecht Colloquium in Medieval Studies – 22nd June 2017
On 22nd June, Karl Kugle gave the keynote lecture at the annual Utrecht Colloquium in Medieval Studies. In his lecture ‘New directions in medievalist research; Introducing the MALMECC and SoundMe projects’ Karl spoke about his current projects, both of which wish to overcome anachronistic constructions of knowledge that remain structural to today’s humanities research paradigm. But can transdisciplinary, post-/pre-national(ist) research really be achieved? Karl reported on the challenges and opportunities presented, and offered some thoughts on the possible evolution of medieval studies in the years to come.
‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’: Art at Court in the Aftermath of the Barons’ War, 1258-1266 – 12th May 2017
Laura Slater gave a talk at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Research Lunch seminar series, 12th May, 12.30-14.00
This paper explored the visual commemorations and celebrations of the Barons’ War of 1258-1266 found in illustrated devotional manuscripts made for a royal readership. Considering the Trinity and Douce Apocalypse manuscripts, an illustrated Life of St Edward the Confessor and the early-fourteenth-century Queen Mary Psalter, it charted the evolving visual portrayal of the baronial hero Simon de Montfort in art made for the Plantagenet court circle. It also looked at other devotional imagery that may have debated contemporary political problems.
Charles University, Prague, September 2016
During a visit to Prague, the MALMECC team spoke at a workshop for the HERA-financed ‘Sound Memories’ project, which is also run by Karl Kügle. Laura Slater gave a paper on ‘Performing Monarchy in Medieval England’, and David Murray on ‘’Networking the Monk of Salzburg: Actor-Network Theory and the Court as Performance’.