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Miriam Cabré Ollé

ICREA Acadèmia 2021

Universitat de Girona · Humanities

Miriam Cabré Ollé

Associate professor of Romance Philology (Univ. Girona-ILCC). PhD (Univ. Cambridge, 1994, with La Caixa-British Council, Batista i Roca Awards). She is vicepresident of the Association Internationale d'Études Occitanes, has been visiting fellow at the Univ. Warwick and enjoyed research stays at Montréal, Paris and Oxford (Salvador de Madariaga award), has given invited papers in France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, UK, US, Czech Republic and Switzerland, and has organized 9 international conferences (including an ESF workshop). Has participated in competitively funded projects since 1998, some international (Italy, UK), and has been PI of several projects, including Trob-Eu (Recercaixa) and now SGR Cultura i literatura a la Baixa Edat Mitjana. She serves in the advisory board of international journals and as international evaluator. Editor of the journal Mot So Razo and contributing editor of the Year's Work in Modern Language Studies. She co-coordinates the Espai Narpan and Cançoners DB.

Research interests

Troubadour culture, a pillar of European identity, still presents major unexplored aspects. After extensive inroads interpreting Cerverí de Girona, the most prolific troubadour, and the Catalan deluxe songbook Sg, I am reassessing three chief issues about troubadour heritage in the Crown of Aragon: the role of non-Catalan troubadours, the impact of verse-narrative and the way songbooks shaped cultural circulation. Joining literary and historical analysis to pioneering digital humanities, the Trob-Eu project resulted in a digital historical map of troubadour courts linked to a DB, and an exhibition (Bib. de Catalunya) that furthers the research scope. By pursuing issues in Catalan reception that are relevant to decoding the entire pan-European tradition, I intend to foster interdisciplinary research on courts as places of power and culture and analyse troubadours as stimulating witnesses to larger issues, such as court experience, cultural routes, power imagery, and social mobility.


Medieval Literature, Troubadour Studies, Medieval Courtly Culture, Manuscript Studies, Political Background of Literary Creation, Cultural Heritage, Digital Mapping

ICREA Memoir 2023