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Elizabeth ElmiVisiting Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Elmi (Visiting Assistant Professor; she/her/hers) is an interdisciplinary scholar specializing in the cultural intersections of music and lyric poetry from late medieval and Renaissance Italy. With a particular focus on the occupied territories of the Kingdom of Naples, her research investigates the vernacular song practices of 15th- and 16th-century Italy, as well as other cultural contact zones of the Mediterranean, through questions of orality and literacy, creative agency, cultural difference, politics, and identity. Additional areas of interest include manuscript studies, music notations, the history of the book, music and colonialism, music and gender, and transcultural Mediterranean musics.

Elmi won the 2020 International Musicological Society Outstanding Dissertation Award for her dissertation entitled “Singing Lyric Among Aristocratic Networks in the Aragonese-Ruled Kingdom of Naples.” She has also been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to the University of Basilicata (Italy) to conduct archival research toward her in-progress book Inscribing the Self in Occupied Southern Italy. Her work appears in both English and Italian publications, including Historical Performance and the Dizionario biografico degli italiani. She has presented nationally and internationally at numerous conferences, symposia, and invited colloquia, including the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, the Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference, the American Musicological Society, and the Renaissance Society of America, as well as international seminars hosted by the Centro Europeo di Studi su Umanesimo e Rinascimento Aragonese and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá.

Elmi holds a Ph.D. in musicology and an M.A. in Italian literature from Indiana University, and an A.B. in music and Italian from Vassar College. Before coming to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she previously taught courses in musicology, Italian, and comparative literature at Iowa State University and Indiana University, and was Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Musicological Society. Currently, she serves as the musicology editorial board representative for the interdisciplinary journal Textual Cultures, as well as a contributor to the digital humanities projects Italian Paleography and IDEA: Isabella d’Este Archive – Music/a.