Dr Eleanor Chan

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

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I am Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Music Department at Manchester, working on a holistic and interdisciplinary investigation on false relations in the English Renaissance. I received my PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2017, and joined Manchester after fellowships at the Society for Renaissance Studies and the Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art and stints teaching at the Universities of Cambridge, Sheffield and Doshisha. I am a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker 2022.

Broadly my research focuses on the interaction between musicological, art historical and literary narratives of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries in northern Europe. I am especially interested in interrogating the boundaries of what can be considered a 'musical' rather than 'visual' object.

My first monograph, Mathematics and the Craft of Thought in the Anglo-Dutch Renaissance, was published by Routledge in 2021. I am currently completing my second, Agreeing Discords: False Relations in the English Renaissance. A Visual, Cultural Musical History, and working on two further book-length projects, Phantasia: A History of Picturing Music and Music and Visual Culture in the English Renaissance, which I am editing with Dr Katie Bank.

Areas of expertise

  • M Music - Material Cultures of Music, Histories of Musical Notation, Musical-Visual Culture


  • Early Modern Music, Visual Culture, Material Culture, Musical Notation, History of the Book, Intellectual History

Education / academic qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Mathematics and the Craft of Thought in England and the Low Countries c. 1570-1630 (2013 - 2017)
  • Master of Arts University of Cambridge (2016)
  • Master of Arts Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London) (2012 - 2013)
  • Bachelor of Arts University of Cambridge (2009 - 2012)

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