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Anna Alberni

Anna Alberni

Universitat de Barcelona


Anna Alberni studied English Philology at the University of Barcelona. She obtained her PhD in Catalan Philology in 2003 at the same University. She has been a researcher and assistant lecturer at the University of Barcelona (1996-2000), and at the University of Girona (2005-2009). From 2003 to 2005 she was a postdoc researcher at the University of Rome-La Sapienza and at the University of L’Aquila. In 2005 she accepted an ICREA Junior position at the University of Girona. In 2009 she moved to the University of Barcelona, where she is ICREA Research Professor at the Department of Linguistics and Catalan Philology–IRCVM. 

Research interests

Alberni’s research focuses on the study of medieval Romance poetry as an essential part of Europe’s cultural past. More specifically, she works on issues of poetic genre, intertextuality, discoursive traditions and textual criticism. During the last years Alberni has extensively dedicated her efforts to the consolidation of the research group created in 2009 in order to develop the project The Last Song of the Troubadours. Linguistic Codification and Construction of a Literary Canon in the Crown of Aragon (ERC-StG-2008). Her actual project, Ioculator seu Mimus. Performing Music and Poetry in Medieval Iberia (ERC-CoG-2017), aims at editing and analysing a large corpus of documents on the artists involved in musical life at the courts of the kings of the House of Barcelona (Crown of Aragon) from the mid-13th century to the mid-15th century (1235-1435).


Selected publications

Alberni A 2021, “Mélusine à la cour d’Aragon : Jean d’Arras, 1380-1381”, in En français hors de France. Textes, livres, collections du Moyen Âge, éd. Sylvie Lefèvre et Fabio Zinelli, Strasbourg, ELiPhi, pp. 219-241.

Alberni A 2021, “Pus qu’estorts suy del lach de la mar fonda i la memòria literària d’Andreu Febrer”, in «Qui fruit ne sap collir». Homenatge a Lola Badia, ed. Anna Alberni, Lluís Cifuentes, Joan Santanach i Albert Soler, Universitat de Barcelona – Editorial Barcino, tom 1, pp. 11-34. ISBN 978-84-9168-648-4 (Edicions UB), 978-84-7226-867-8 (Barcino)

Alberni A 2021, “Plazens plasers and Other Fourteenth-Century Catalan Refrain Songs”, in Polyphonic Voices: Poetic and Musical Dialogues in the European Ars Nova, ed. Anna Alberni, Antonio Calvia, Maria Sofia Lannutti, Firenze, SISMEL-Edizioni del Galluzzo, pp. 45-86 (La Tradizione Musicale, 22; Studi e Testi, 13),

Alberni A 2021, “Poesía y música en la lírica trovadoresca”, Ínsula 900, monográfico diciembre.

Selected research activities

Papers in conferences

– “Les troubadours du chansonnier VeAg: anthologie ou vestiges d’une tradition révolue?”, L’auteur dans ses livres. Autorité et materialité dans les littératures romanes du Moyen Àge (XIIIe-XVe siècles), Genève, 14-16 April.

– “Waiting for Ausiàs March: Catalan Poetry at the Turn of the Fourteenth Century”, Queen Mary University London, 4 May.

– “Ministrers i música a la Corona d’Aragó medieval: estampes d’un corpus de documents”, Cicle de música medieval So de lonh a Castelló d’Empúries, Castelló d’Empúries, 10 Sep.

Seminaires organised

Els instruments citats als documents de l’Arxiu de la Corona d’Aragó, Workshop on medieval organology, UB, 26 May (ERC-MiMus Project Seminaire/2)

De l’arxiu a l’escena. La documentació de l’Arxiu de la Corona d’Aragó i l’entreteniment cortesà, Workshop on archive research, UB, 23 Sep. (ERC-MiMus Project Seminarie/3)

ICREA Memoir 2021