Author Archives: Ann Buckley

About Ann Buckley

Senior Research Fellow, Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, School of English, Queen's University Belfast Research Associate, Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Trinity College Dublin Coordinator, Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland (FMRSI)

Lecture on Jewish Cantillation Columbia University

Individual Voices and the Study of Jewish Cantillation

Talk by Dr. Yonatan Malin
Sponsored by the Jewish Music Forum
Friday, October 31, 2:00-4:00 P.M.
The Center for Ethnomusicology and Department of Music
Columbia University
Dodge Hall, Room 622
2960 Broadway
New York, NY
Admission is free; Please RSVP to

Reception to follow.

This paper is part of an ongoing project on the analysis of Jewish cantillation in the Eastern Ashkenazic tradition. Jewish cantillation involves the intoned reading of Biblical texts with melodies determined by accent marks (te’amim) in printed Hebrew bibles. In other parts of the study, Malin has explored aspects of the system broadly: how the melodies correlate with and project text phrasing, and how they vary depending on the reading and occasion.

For more information please visit Here the focus is on specific passages as chanted by two individual readers—with original recordings from his fieldwork. It shows how the pacing of the cantillation in these recordings relates to the narrative flow of the creation story in Genesis I:1–5 and how the melodies, including improvised elements, correlate with poetic structures in Isaiah 40:27–31. The recordings are of Deborah Bronstein, a reform rabbi in Boulder, Colorado, and Jonathan Levine, a lay reader based in Syracuse, New York. Notably, neither recording is of a professional cantor—the traditional figure of authority for Jewish music.

Malin’s approach raises issues of orality vs. notation, authority, and tradition. It addresses these issues in dialogue with statements from the readers themselves (Bronstein and Levine); statements and practices from the tradition; scholarship in Jewish music by Hanoch Avenary, Judah Cohen, Edwin Seroussi, Jeffrey Summit, Boaz Tarsi, and others; and scholarship on analytical approaches to world music—including the work of Kofi Agawu and Michael Tenzer.

Yonatan Malin is Associate Professor of Music Theory at the University of Colorado Boulder. His areas of research include the German Lied, music-text relations, theories of rhythm and meter, and liturgical music in Jewish traditions. His book Songs in Motion: Rhythm and Meter in the German Lied was published in 2010 by Oxford University Press. Professor Malin is currently editor of Music Theory Online, a journal of the Society for Music Theory.

The Jewish Music Forum is a project of the American Society for Jewish Music, with the support of the American Jewish Historical Society and the Center for Jewish History. Founded in 2004, the Jewish Music Forum is now in its tenth season.

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CFP: Monastic Europe Conference

Monastic Europe: Landscape and Settlement
International Conference, 22 – 25 August 2015, Ennis, Co. Clare

The Irish Research Council-funded Monastic Ireland: Landscape and Settlement project is a research partnership between the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin, the Discovery Programme and the Department of History, University College Cork. The project is examining the unusually well preserved remains of late medieval monastic buildings in Ireland within their broader European context, with a particular emphasis on their architecture and impact on the landscape around them.

The project team is pleased to announce an international conference, to be held 22-25 August in Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland. Located in an area rich with the medieval buildings of the European monastic orders, the conference will balance sessions of papers with a number site visits, and will stimulate a focused academic debate on the impact of monasticism in shaping the development of the physical environment across Europe between c.1100 and c.1700. Conference themes will include:

  • The topography of medieval monastic settlement (1100-1700), in both urban and rural environments
  • The impact of Church reforms on the physical structures and landscapes of monastic foundations
  • Monastic space (liturgical, social and architectural aspects)
  • Patronage networks
  • Architecture and identities
  • Written sources for understanding the monastic environment

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers exploring this theme across the stated time span, throughout Europe. Papers may deal with either case studies or broader methodological questions, and are not limited to delivery in the English language.

Proposals for posters are also welcomed from doctoral students and early career scholars, and the conference organizers hope to have small subsidies available for accommodation costs.

Please send an email containing both your proposed title and an abstract of no more than 300 words to Dr Rachel Moss at If you intend to apply for a conference subsidy please indicate this on your proposal.

Deadline for proposals is Friday, 28 November, 2014

Download conference poster here

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Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Portugal

A call for doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships in Portugal has just opened; applications will be accepted until the end of September. Link:

Manuel Pedro Ferreira (CESEM/Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas-Universidade Nova de Lisboa: will advise and support, in September, the writing of individual applications by young scholars with previous experience with medieval sources, whose aims (study of chant genres, notational practices, international connections, etc.) relate to the contents and development of the Portuguese Early Music database ( or to the analysis of specific features in the 13th-century Cantigas de Santa Maria (Lisbon CSM database).

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Event: Irish Song Symposium, QUB, 18-19 September 2014

A Symposium on Irish Song from its beginnings to 1800 will take place at Queen’s University Belfast on 18th-19th September. The symposium is organised in association with the AHRC-funded research project on Irish song, which is based in the School of English, Queen’s University Belfast, and which aims to develop an historical typology of Irish Song from the earliest examples to the end of the 17th century. 

Early registration is advised as places are limited.

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Full details on our website:

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Post-Doc Research Fellowship at QUB

Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Irish Song.

Closing date: 11 January 2013

Job description:

Link to further details and online application:

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Conference: Medieval Artefacts: Making and Meaning c. 500-1500

Trinity College Dublin Postgraduate Symposium
Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin
4 May 2012

For further information and to register, please contact Caoimhe Whelan .

Please click here to download poster and programme.

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Conference: Music and the Stars

Music and the Stars: mathematics in medieval Ireland

RSAI First international conference on the history of science in medieval Ireland

National Library of Ireland, 17–18 July 2012

The event is a 2-day interdisciplinary conference on the history of science in medieval Ireland. Papers, delivered by an international panel of speakers, will elaborate the model of mathematics provided by medieval education, with reference to extant manuscripts of Irish provenance. Discussions of the mathematical content of the great artistic and literary achievements of the period will be included. Papers will also explore the manner in which a truly interdisciplinary approach, inspired by this model, may be applied to education today.

Speakers include: Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute, London), Howard Clarke (RIA), Siobhán Fitzpatrick (RIA), David Howlett (Oxford), Dáibhí Ó Cróinín (NUI Galway), Maura Ó Cróinín (NUI Galway), Pádraig P. Ó Néill (Chapel Hill, North Carolina), Marina Smyth (Univ. of Notre Dame), Robert Stevick (Univ. of Washington), Immo Warntjes (Univ. of Greifswald).

The cost of the conference is €50 per person. For further details and to book a place please contact

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