Dr Emanuela Vai awarded a UKRI EPSRC grant (Digital Innovation Research)

Dr Emanuela Vai has been awarded a UKRI EPSRC Horizon Agile Round 3.0 grant (EP/T022493/1) with an interdisciplinary project entitled ‘Hybrid Relics’ at the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments (Humanities, University of Oxford). The Bate Collection will be a partner institution on the project, which is led by the University of Nottingham's Dr Alan Chamberlain (Computer Science). The project focuses on musical instruments and secular and religious objects, using the concept of the ‘relic’ to develop and explore new and innovative ways to think about social computing, sensorial experiences and the design of hybrid products.


Dr Emanuela Vai is Head of Research and Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College. In the Faculty of Music she leads on all conservation, research, and curatorial aspects at the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments. Her research is situated at the interdisciplinary intersection of art history, music and material culture studies. Her publications concentrate on musical instruments, soundscapes, space and the senses in Renaissance social life. Dr Vai is also the founder and academic lead of the Digital Humanities and Sensory Heritage Network at TORCH, an interdisciplinary team of scholars exploring how digital humanities tools can be leveraged to reconsider heritage and the senses. 


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