Emilie Murphy (York) RHS Centenary Fellow
Music and post-Reformation English Catholics 1575–1640: place, sociability and space
Emilie completed both her BA in History and an interdisciplinary Masters in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at the University of York. She was then awarded a studentship from the AHRC to support her PhD project which, whilst officially in the History department at York, bridges the divide between the disciplines of music and history.
Emilie’s doctoral thesis analyses the multifaceted ways in which post-Reformation English Catholics utilised music (and sounds) to enhance their devotions in the midst of persecution. Her thesis reveals how music helped to locate Catholics both spiritually and physically amongst their co-religionists at home and abroad. It also stresses how music could transcend both the social and confessional divides.
Emilie’s wider research interests include the way in which sensory methodologies (eg. investigating sounds) can shed light on broader trends within religious and cultural European history, 1500-1700. She has published articles for Studies in Church History and Grove Music Online and is co-editor and contributor to a forthcoming volume of essays: Sensing the Sacred: Religion and the Senses in the pre-modern World.