Research Fellows

Annelies Andries

Dr Annelies Andries

Prize Fellow in Music, Magdalen College

Annelies is a cultural historian of music focusing on on music, theatre, and politics in the long nineteenth century (1789-1914). Her major interests are opera and other music theatre genres; staging and performance practice; politics, militarism, and war; and gender studies.

Ruth Elizabeth Bernatek

Ruth Elizabeth Bernatek

Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the ECR-funded "Sonorous Cities: Towards a Sonic Urbanism” research project (SONCITIES).

Relationship of sound to architecture and the built environment; audiovisual architecture; the sonic archive; twentieth-century experimental music and sound art; urban sound studies; performance histories; critical spatial practice.

Leah Broad

Dr Leah Broad

Junior Research Fellow & Faculty Member, Christ Church

Twentieth century music; music and gender; incidental music; Nordic music; British music

David Catalunya

Dr David Catalunya

Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the ECR-funded "Music and Late Medieval European Courtly Cultures" research project (MALMECC)

Julia Craig-McFeely

Dr Julia Craig-McFeely

Research Fellow

Research interests in the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music (DIAMM).

Samantha Ege

Dr Samantha Ege

Lord Crewe Junior Research Fellow in Music, Lincoln College

Claire Holden

Claire Holden

AHRC Fellows in the Creative and Performing Arts

Research interests include historical string performance, music in late 18th- and early 19th-century Vienna and London, and performance philosophy.

Thomas Hyde

Dr Thomas Hyde

Senior Research Fellow, Worcester College

Composition; British modernism (post-1945); techniques of composition, analysis.

Alice Little

Dr Alice Little

Research Fellow, Bate Collection of Musical Instruments

Alice’s research focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century national music (traditional or folk music), the history of collecting, collectors, and musical instruments. Her wider interests include social and cultural history, particularly of eighteenth-century England. Her Knowledge Exchange Fellowship involves a partnership with the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and relates to the eighteenth-century manuscript and printed tunebooks held at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. At the Bate Collection she is responsible for the Anthony Baines Project, studying the archive and collection of the museum's first curator. She is also Administrator for the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing.

David Maw

Dr David Maw

Research Fellow and Tutor in Music, Oriel College; Lecturer in Music, Christ Church, The Queen’s and Trinity Colleges

Historical musicology (medieval music and music post-1900); music theory and analysis.

Grantley McDonald

Dr Grantley McDonald

Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the ECR-funded "Music and Late Medieval European Courtly Cultures" research project (MALMECC)

Matilde Meireles

Dr Matilde Meireles

Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the ECR-funded "Sonorous Cities: Towards a Sonic Urbanism” research project (SONCITIES).

Extended listening; Multi-sensoriality in sound; Walking, place-making, and mapping; Physicality of the virtual; Documentation as a creative tool; Micro and extra-human sound; Participation and collaboration in Sound Art.

David Murray

Dr David Murray

Postdoctoral Researcher, ERC Project ‘Music and Late Medieval Court Cultures’

Medieval song and literature, manuscript transmission, medieval concepts of language

Dr Marten Noorduin

Dr Marten Noorduin

Postdoctoral Researcher on the AHRC-funded 'Transforming 19th-Century HIP' research project (TCHIP)

Performance practices in nineteenth-century music, source studies, publishing in the nineteenth century, empirical and statistical approaches to music and performance, and performance cultures.

Reuben Phillips

Dr Reuben Phillips

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow; College Lecturer, St Hugh’s College

Uri Smilansky

Dr Uri Smilansky

Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the ECR-funded "Music and Late Medieval European Courtly Cultures" research project (MALMECC)

Uri is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the ERC-funded ‘Music and Late Medieval European Courtly Cultures’ research project (MALMECC), focusing on music as cultural artefacts within fourteenth century courtly culture, be they physically manifest in luxury books, experienced in performance or demonstrated through mediating visuality or the displays of economic or intellectual power. In particular, he is interested in the presentation of individual musical identity as they interact with a wide range of stakeholders, from scribes and performers to both primary and secondary patrons. In this, he concentrates on the figure of Guillaume de Machaut as he was perceived throughout Europe, as well as composers now usually placed under the umbrella term Ars Subtilior.

Darci Sprengel

Dr Darci Sprengel

Junior Research Fellow at St. John's College

Darci Sprengel is an ethnomusicologist and Junior Research Fellow in Music at St John's College. Her research examines the affective politics of DIY music (independent music and mahraganat) in Egypt after the defeated 2011 revolution. Her first book manuscript, 'Postponed Endings': Youth Music and Affective Politics in Post-Revolution Egypt, currently in progress, demonstrates how DIY musicking renders public atmosphere material and tangible and analyzes its effects on notions of desirable political action. She has two additional research projects. The first analyzes music streaming technologies using a feminist and critical race approach to digital media. The second explores the influence of Sub-Saharan African culture in Egyptian popular culture, interrogating the politics of Arab anti-blackness through the lens of critical race theory.

Christabel Stirling

Dr Christabel Stirling

Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the ERC-funded ‘SONCITIES’ research project

20th and 21st century music and sound art; social, cultural, and political theory; urban sociology and urban social life; musical experience, affect, and the body; music and politics; anthropology and sociology of music; ethnography.

Matthew Thomson

Dr Matthew Thomson

Fitzjames Research Fellow, Merton College.

Dr Emanuela Vai

Dr Emanuela Vai

Research Fellow and Lecturer, Worcester College, University of Oxford;
Research Staff Representative and Humanities Representative (Humanities Division Research Committee/ Conference of Colleges); Founder: ‘Renaissance Musical Instruments Network’ (ReMIn)

Dr Emanuela Vai is a Research Fellow and Lecturer at Worcester College, University of Oxford and an Associate Lecturer in History of Art at Oxford Brookes University. Previously, she has held positions at the University of Cambridge; at the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at the University of York (CREMS); and at the Harvard Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti, where she was Hanna Kiel Fellow. She has recently been appointed a visiting professor at the Centre d’études supérieures de la Renaissance de Tours (CESR).

Emanuela’s research is located at the intersection of art history, architectural history and musicology and her publications focus on musical instruments, soundscapes, space and the senses in Renaissance social life. Her work has received the support of fellowships and grants from the Society for Renaissance Studies, the Royal Historical Society, the Renaissance Society of America, the Kress Foundation, the École Pratique des Hautes Études, the Academia Belgica and the Newton Trust at the University of Cambridge, among others.

Dr Giovanni Varelli

Dr Giovanni Varelli

Research Fellow

Giovanni Varelli is a specialist on liturgy, plainchant, and musical notation in the early Middle Ages. His research explores the intersections between the earliest surviving musical repertoires and their written manifestations. In particular, he focuses on how diverse musical cultures within the ‘Latin’ world–as well as beyond–theorised and organised tonal space, especially in relation to text and meaning, and how such relationships were visualised by communities of singers. Giovanni’s interests extend also to Late Antiquity and the early Humanist periods, historical linguistics, digital plainchant research, digital imaging for manuscript studies, and traditional European dance music.

Daniel Walden

Daniel Walden

Junior Research Fellow in Music, The Queen's College (Oxford)

Music theory and analysis (late 18th-20th centuries); global history (focusing on Europe, US, South and East Asia); Science, Technology, and Society studies; post- and decolonial studies; critical performance practice. Secondary interests in ancient and early modern Italian music theory.