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Early Modern Voice and the Representation of Racial Difference

Viva Voce [Zoom Lecture]
Thu, 03/25/2021 - 3:30pm
Scenes of Performance at the Medici Court in the Primo Seicento
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Early Modern Voice and the
Representation of Racial Difference

Scenes of Performance at the Medici Court in the Primo Seicento

Emily Wilbourne, CUNY Graduate Center

Respondent: Janie Cole (University of Cape Town)

Co-sponsored by Medieval and Renaissance Center at NYU

Emily Wilbourne (PhD NYU) is Associate Lecturer in Musicology at CUNY (Queens College) and The Graduate Center; she specializes in Italian theatrical music and sound during the seventeenth century, and in questions of embodiment, performance, race, gender, and sexuality. She is the author of Seventeenth-Century Opera and the Sound of the Commedia dell’Arte, (Chicago University Press, 2016). Dr. Wilbourne’s articles have appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Women & Music, Recercare, Teatro e storia, Italian Studies, Echo, and Workplace, as well as in several Oxford Handbooks. In 2011, Dr. Wilbourne was awarded the Philip Brett Award for excellence in queer music scholarship for her article, “Amor nello specchio (1622): Mirroring, Masturbation, and Same-Sex Love”; in 2017-18, she was the Francesco De Dombrowski Fellowship at the Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti in Florence. Since 2017, Dr. Wilbourne has been Editor-in-Chief of Women & Music.

Janie Cole (PhD University of London) is a Visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town’s Centre for African Studies and the South African College of Music. Dr. Cole is a musicologist and oral historian with specialty research areas in 20th-century South African music, protest and prison resistance during the anti-apartheid struggle; in Italian music, poetry, theatrical spectacle and cultural history of the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods; and in musical culture in the Christian kingdom of Ethiopia and transcultural exchanges with Latin Europe in the early modern era. She is the author of A Muse of Music in Early Baroque Florence: the Poetry of Michelangelo Buonarroti il Giovane (Olschki, 2007) and Music, Spectacle and Cultural Brokerage in Early Modern Italy: Michelangelo Buonarroti il Giovane, 2 vols. (Olschki, 2011), as well as numerous articles in journals and book chapters related to her specialties.


Organized by Prof. Eugenio Refini, Viva Voce is a series of events – conversations, talks, book discussions – that address the intersections of voice, performance and the mechanisms of reception. Featuring specialists from different fields, these interdisciplinary events aim to bridge across research, teaching, and public outreach.