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Emma Dillon

Professor Emma Dillon

Professor in Music

Start date at Kings: 1/01/2013

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Telephone: +44 (0)20 7848 2686


Research interests

  • Medieval music and culture, 1100-1400
  • History of sound; sound studies
  • History of material texts

Emma Dillon’s research focuses on European musical culture from the twelfth to fourteenth centuries. Her work ranges widely in terms of repertories, sources, and methodological approach, and broadly speaking falls at the intersection of musicology, sound studies, medieval studies, and the history of material texts. She is the author of Medieval Music-Making and the Roman de Fauvel (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and The Sense of Sound: Musical Meaning in France, 1260-1330 (Oxford University Press in 2012). In 2002 she won the Jerome Roche Prize, awarded by the Royal Musical Assocation. 

She is the recipient of a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship from 2016-2019 for a project entitled 'The Romance of Song', which explores the emergence of trouvère song in 12th-century France in the era before the chansonnier;  and a British Academy Small Grant (2016-17) for the related project 'Things that Sing', which explores the intersections of sound, music and objects in courtly culture c.1160-1350. These projects also fostera creative application for her research in the museum environment, and include collaboration with scholars, curators and practitioners.

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