Four Research Fellowships at the University of Pavia

Posted: Jan. 3, 2024 by Julia Craig-McFeely

The ERC Starting Grant 'SCRIBEMUS - Scribes of Musical Cultures. Decoding early musical writing technologies in Latin Europe c. 900-1100' (PI Prof. Giovanni Varelli) aims to reconstruct and understand the phenomena underlying the first large-scale diffusion of neumatic notation in 10th- and 11th-century Europe, as well as to study the historical (political and ecclesiastical) dynamics that may have favoured its spreading. 

The Research Fellow(s) will be affiliated to the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage of the University of Pavia. Flexible working arrangements may be discussed with the PI. Please note that, while excellent written and spoken English is essential, advanced knowledge of Italian is not strictly required. (For Jobs B and C, basic Italian, as well as the Fellow’s availability to achieve proficiency would be desirable). International candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. [International candidates only: should you require more information and/or support with the application feel free to write]  

A. 1-year Research Fellowship in medieval ecclesiastical history (deadline 18 January 2024).

The Research Fellow will work on 1) the identification of political-ecclesiastical networks in 10th- and 11th- century Europe, particularly (but not exclusively) in the territories of modern-day northern Italy, southern France, and north-eastern Spain); 2) the identification of concrete evidence for the existence of such networks through surviving liturgical sources with or without musical notation (knowledge of Latin liturgy is desirable for the post); 3) the publication of an article in a journal (class-A) to be submitted by the completion of the Research Fellowship.

B. 1-year Research Fellowship in Latin Palaeography (deadline 15 February 2024). 

The Research Fellowship will have as its main objectives: 1) the dating of manuscripts and fragments containing neumatic musical notation from the 10th and 11th centuries (in particular, but not exclusively, from early-medieval Italy) and/or the verification of the dating(s) drawn from available literature; 2) inserting relevant palaeographical and codicological data in the project's database; 3) the publication of an article in a journal (class A) to be submitted before the end of the Fellowship.

C. 1-year Research Fellowship in Digital Humanities for Musicology (deadline 15 February 2024). 

The Research Fellowship will have the following objectives: 1) the creation of an online database of sources with musical notation from the 10th and 11th centuries; 2) the creation of the pilot version of a digital online platform for the study of medieval manuscript palimpsests; 3) the editing of digital images for the recovery of information from palimpsest manuscripts; 4) the publication of an article in a scientific journal (class A) to be delivered by the end of the Fellowship.

D. 1-year Research Fellowship in Musicology/Musical Palaeography (deadline 15 February 2024). 

The specific objectives of the Research Fellowship are: 1) the study of the oldest evidence for music scripts and notations from northern Italy, especially, from the 10th century, with a particular focus on the river Po valley; 2) the identification of ecclesiastical networks that may have favoured the diffusion of those music scripts; 3) the publication of an article in a journal (class A) to be submitted before the end of the Research Fellowship. (Note that this is the only position on the project conceived with a specific focus on a geographical area in order to support collaborative research on the PI’s research interests; otherwise SCRIBEMUS will not deal exclusively with Italian notations.)