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Music - PhD/MSc by Research

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Full time

Research title:

Sight, Song and Sociability: Amateur Drawing and Domestic Music Production in the Sixteenth-Century Netherlands


Huw Keene is a PhD Candidate in Music and History of Art, funded by the Edinburgh Doctoral College Scholarship for Edinburgh College of Art. His research examines music-image-word relations in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, specifically within the context of manuscript culture. Huw has been awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship by the Historians of Netherlandish Art, a research grant by Cleveland Museum of Art, a travel grant by the British Archaeological Association and a research award by the Friends of Saint Cecilia's Hall to support this research.

Prior to his doctoral research, Huw completed his MA in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art with Distinction. His dissertation, supervised by Professor Susie Nash, explored the roles and meanings of images throughout the Alamire Choirbooks. He completed his MA (Hons) at the University of Edinburgh with First-Class Honours and received the Huntley MacDonald Sinclair Prize for Best History of Art Dissertation. 

Huw has worked in a number of roles across the museum and publishing sectors, including positions at the Barbican Art Gallery, the Science Museum, Jupiter Art Land, the Witt and Conway Libraries and Yale University Press. Most recently, Huw worked in community management at TikTok, and he continues to explore new strategies for the dissemination of research through social media. 

Selected talks:

Society for Renaissance Studies, Liverpool: Society for Renaissance Studies Biennial Conference: Difficult Pasts. Singing to be Social: Domestic Music, Drawing and the Shaping of Bourgeois Identity in Sixteenth-Century Bruges

Institute for Medieval Studies, Leeds: International Medieval Congress: Networks and Entanglements.Visualising Pilgrimage in Sixteenth-Century Domestic Music Performance

Association for Art History, London: Annual Conference. Drawing from Print Culture: The Representation and Condemnation of War in Sixteenth-Century Domestic Music Performance

Northern Early Modern Network, Online: Research Seminar Series. Amateur Drawing, Music Book Production and Social Meaning in Sixteenth-Century Urban Bruges: The Case for Cambrai, Médiathèque Municipale, MSS 125-128

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland: Tales of the City: Drawing in the Netherlands from Bosch to Bruegel Symposium. Amateur Drawing, Music Book Production and Sociality in Sixteenth-Century Urban Bruges

Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh: Unfolding: Discovering Research Dialogues and Methodologies in History of Art. Between Art History and Musicology: Method, Making and Meaning in Sixteenth-Century Aural-Visual Culture





History of Art 1A: Art and Belief in Europe, 500 to 1700

History of Art 1B: Art of the Crossroads of World Cultures, 600 to 1700