Previous Appearances

Please find below a list of all the previous appearances made by members of the MALMECC team

Gilded illumination from the prayerbook of Mary of Guelders

Mary of Guelders – Her Life and Prayer Book, Radboud University/Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen –  23rd-24th November 2018

Both Laura and Karl will be took part in this conference, attached to the exhibition at the Museum Het Valkhof, which showcases Mary’s extraordinary prayerbook.  Laura spoke on ‘The English Saints in the Prayer book of Mary of Guelders: Courtly Precedent or International Trade?’, and Karl addressed ‘Mary of Guelders and music’.  More information can be found on the website of the associated research project, at



Utrecht Colloquia in the Musicologies, Utrecht University – 22nd November 2018

On 22 November the next edition of the Utrecht Colloquia in the Musicologies 2018-2019 took place. Laura spoke about the visual representation of sound in the manuscripts of Philippa of Hainault, in ‘Seeing the Music’.  More information can be found at



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Towards a new political history of the court, Deutsches Historisches Institut, Paris – 14th-16th November 2018

Karl spoke at this event in November on “The Duchess Virago: Gender, Religious and Cultural Politics, and their Narratives, in Fifteenth-Century Savoy”.   The conference program me is available here.



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History Department Seminar Series, University of Reading – 14th November 2018

On 14th November, Laura spoke about ‘Courtly Rumours and Reputation Management in Fourteenth-Century England’ as part of the University  of Reading’s autumn seminar series.  More details can be found on their website here



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Medieval Church and Culture seminar, Harris Manchester College, Oxford – 6th November 2018

Christophe spoke at this graduate seminar on the topic of “Cardinals’ palaces in Schismatic Avignon (1378-1403): When buildings are weapons”.  More information is available on the University website by clicking here.



Translingualism in Late Medieval European Court Cultures: England – Low Countries – Germany – France – 2nd November 2018

The 2nd November 2018 saw the second MALMECC study day take place in Oxford.   As well as the usual lively discussions, there were presentations from Karl Kügle, Frank Willaert, David Murray, and Elizabeth Leach on aspects of the theme of ‘Translingualism’. More information is available on the events page.



A range of German composers on a background of musical score

Berliner Repertorium der mittelalterlichen deutschen Übertragungen lateinischer Hymnen und Sequenzen- 24th July 2018

On 24th July, David spoke at the ‘Berliner Repertorium der mittelalterlichen deutschen Übertragungen lateinischer Hymnen und Sequenzen’ on composers of German language sacred songs in the Middle Ages (‘Geistliche Liederdichter deutscher Sprache in Mittelalter und Früher Neuzeit).




Anne Clifford: Engagements in Culture, Kendal – 16th July 2018

On 16th July, Laura spoke about ‘Sacred Geography and the Devotions of the Clifford Women’’ at an event which was designed to showcase the work of this key figure of 17th century literary and material culture. More information on the event can be found at




St Robert in his Time, Knaresborough – 14th July 2018

On 14th July, Laura spoke at a conference to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the death of Robert of Knaresborough, a hermit who lived in the 12th and 13th centuries.  The subject of her talk was be ‘St Robert and the Holy Land’, and more information can be found at




Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference (MedRen) 2018, Maynooth – 6th July 2018

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On 6th July, the team presented a themed session on ‘Sounds, spaces and social control in late medieval European courts and cities’, which included 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




Leeds International Medieval Congress 2018 – 5th July 2018


MALMECC are delighted to announce that we held a session at Leeds IMC this year on 5th July.  Session 1554 contained 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




IMAGOPAPAE Colloquium, Université de Liège – 20th-22nd June 2018

On 21st June, Christophe Masson spoke on ‘Une cour avignonnaise parmi d’autres ? Pour une étude des rapports culturels entre le pape et ses cardinaux à l’époque du Grand Schisme d’Occident’ at the colloquium of the IMAGOPAPAE project ( For more information about the colloquium, please scroll to the listing at




‘The Melodious Middle Ages’, UCMS Annual Lecture 2018 – 14th June 2018

On 14th June, Karl  replied to the keynote lecture at the annual Utrecht Colloquium in Medieval Studies, this year given by Prof.em. Frank Willaert (University of Antwerp) on  ‘‘Hovedauncis’ and ‘rés d’Alemaigne’’.  The theme of this year’s colloquium was ‘The Melodious Middle Ages’ and more information can be found at



European Research Music Conference, Barcelona, 11th-13th June 2018

On 12th June, Karl was pleased to speak at the European Research Music Conference, which brought together 20 projects funded by the ERC that have music as their focus.  It was very much an interdisciplinary event, and Karl discussed the scope and methodological challenges of the MALMECC project in ‘Music (re-)enmeshed: towards a transdisciplinary view of late medieval European court cultures, 1250-1450’

More information about the event and speakers can be found at



Visit of ERC President – 26th April 2018

On 26th April, Oxford was visited by Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, president of the European Research council. As part of his visit, Professor Bourguignon gave a lecture at the Andrew Wiles building, attended by Laura Slater, where many ERC project posters were on display. MALMECC was pleased to be one of those projects providing a poster, and we think it turned out rather well!  To find out more about the visit, please see 




Soundscapes: New challenges, new horizons – 5th-7th April 2018

Laura Slater took 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 explored 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




Queen Philippa of Hainault and her Psalter – 14th February 2018

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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




Plainsong and Medieval Music Society 2018 Study Day and Council Meeting – 20th January 2018

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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




the cover of the Oxford Musician magazine. 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.




manuscript of monk of salzburgThe 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.



‘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.





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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’.