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Lisa Colton is Reader in Musicology and Director of Graduate Education (School of Music, Humanities & Media). Lisa’s studies in medieval musicology, medieval studies, and early music performance led to her doctoral thesis, 'Music and sanctity in England, c.1260-c.1400' (University of York, 2004), exploring themes of nationalism, sanctity and virginity in late medieval English music. Lisa is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and an active member of the Plainsong and Medieval Music Society and the Royal Musical Association. She directs the Centre for the Study of Music, Culture, and Identity, which aims to stimulate musical and interdisciplinary research through diverse activities, events and publications. Her monograph, Angel Song: Medieval English Music in History, was published by Routledge (2017).

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Research Output 2003 2019

Ars Nova
Late Medieval Period

Music in the Margins: Queerness in the Clerical Imagination, 1200–1500

Colton, L., 1 Mar 2019, The Oxford Handbook of Music and Queerness. Everett Maus, F. & Whiteley, S. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Medieval Period
Legal Texts

Book review: Polyphony in Facsimile

Colton, L., 19 Jul 2018, In : Early Music. 46, 2, p. 339-340 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Dance Article review

Early English
Church music

High or Low? Medieval English Carols as Part of Vernacular Culture, 1380-1450

Colton, L. & McInnes, L., 2018, (Accepted/In press) Vernacularity and Aesthetics in the Later Middle Ages: Politics, Performativity, and Reception from Literature to Music. Jager, K. W. (ed.). 1 ed. New York: Palgrave Macmillan UK, (The New Middle Ages).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2011 2018

  • 14 PhD Examination
  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Publication Peer-review

Crosstown Traffic: Popular Music Theory and Practice

Rupert Till (Organiser), Toby Martin (Organiser), Jan-Peter Herbst (Organiser), Austin Moore (Organiser), Mark Mynett (Organiser), Lisa Colton (Organiser), Catherine Haworth (Organiser)
3 Sep 20185 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Journal of the Royal Musical Association (Journal)

Lisa Colton (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

External Examiner (PhD)

Lisa Colton (Examiner)
19 Dec 2017

Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

External Examiner (PhD)

Lisa Colton (Examiner)

Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

External Examiner (Undergraduate Music)

Lisa Colton (Examiner)

Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination