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Professor Susan Boynton

Professor Susan Boynton joins us from Columbia University where she is Professor of Historical Musicology. Her fellowship at the Trinity Long Room Hub is in collaboration with the School of Histories and Humanities.

Professor Boynton's research interests include liturgy and music in medieval Western monasticism, particularly the abbey of Cluny; manuscript studies; music in the Iberian peninsula; and music and childhood.  

During her fellowship, Professor Boynton will focus on the liturgical manuscripts from medieval Ireland that are preserved in the Library of Trinity College Dublin. In particular, the late medieval ones that will be the subject of a long-term project of study and digitisation and the 11th century manuscript of the Irish Liber Hymnorum (TCD MS1441). Professor Boynton will pay special attention to the distinctive elements in the Irish liturgical traditions they represent and will consider the possibilities for digital humanities approaches to these manuscripts. Professor Boynton's study of the Irish Liber Hymnorum will address the Latin glosses, which have been edited but have not been compared with those in Continental manuscripts of the same period.

Professor Boynton's research will address the Manuscripts, Book and Print Cultures Research Theme and the Digital Humanities Research Theme.

Professor Boynton has published seven books. The first, Shaping a Monastic Identity: Liturgy and History at the Imperial Abbey of Farfa, 1000-1125 (2006), won the Lewis Lockwood Award of the American Musicological Society. Her second monograph, Silent Music: Medieval Song and the Construction of History in Eighteenth-Century Spain (2011), won the Society's Robert M. Stevenson Award. Prof. Boynton coedited (with Diane J. Reilly) The Practice of the Bible in the Middle Ages (2011). Also coedited with Diane J. Reilly,  Resounding Images: Medieval Intersections of Art, Music, and Sound (2015) won the Society's Ruth A. Solie Award.

Professor Boynton will give a public talk on Tuesday, 23 May at 6.30pm at the Trinity Long Room Hub entitled Sound and Image in the Middle Ages: Iconography, Sound Studies and Digital Humanities.

Professor Boynton will also give a talk entitled The Latin glosses in the Irish ​​Liber Hymnorum and their context in Continental Manuscripts as part of the Medieval History Research Seminar series which will take place ​next week ​on Thursday, 25 May 2017 @ 5.15pm in the Medieval History Research Centre, Phoenix House, 5–7 South Leinster Street, Trinity College Dublin.

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