International Conference Courts and Troubadour Culture

Graduate Workshop 22 November


Institut de Llengua i Cultura Catalanes

Plaça Ferrater Mora, 1 
17071 Girona mapa
Tel: +34 972 41 82 31
Fax: +34 972 41 82 30

Graduate Workshop 22 November

Troubadours are a fundamental part of European culture and a rich field of interest for specialists in many fields. Decades if not centuries of publications have enlightened many aspects of troubadour and courtly culture, but there are still unresolved issues, particularly regarding the circulation and reception of troubadours, necessarily involving the role troubadours had in medieval courts and the compilation of manuscripts. We believe only interdisciplinary research will help reframing the problems and guide the answers to many core questions. Within this framework, the project Troubadours and European Identity: The Case of the Catalan Courts addresses this challenge with a number of research goals, but also intends to encourage interdisciplinary research in this field and to foment awareness of an updated view of troubadour culture.

With this aim, the core issues regarding the role of troubadours in courts, the impact of courtly activity in troubadour lyrics and the reality of troubadour performance will be discussed with an interdisciplinary approach in the conference Courts and troubadour culture, held at the University of Girona on 23-24th November. The main sessions will revolve around the court as an institution; court gatherings; the reality of troubadour performance; and the reality of troubadour circulation.

In order to encourage PhD students working on courts and on troubadour culture from different fields, such as literature, history, art history, musicology, to share their research results and challenges with researchers from other disciplines, we are also organizing a graduate workshop, which will culminate with a day-conference on Wednesday 22th November. Participants in this workshop will also be welcome to attend the conference in the following days.

Organizers: Miriam Cabré (U. Girona), Albert Reixach (U. Girona)

Forum moderators: Alexandra Beauchamp (U. Limoges), Anna Gudayol (Biblioteca de Catalunya), Thomas Hinton (U. Exeter), Sadurní Martí (U. Girona)

Language: Preferably English and French


Time-line and contents of the graduate workshop 

1. A discussion group on a virtual platform (16 October-17 November 2017)

This preliminary part of the workshop is designed to encourage communication between researchers in different fields in order to combine and improve their skills. The chosen platform is Lletres i bits (

It will set off with presentations by PhD students about their research project. Several forums will follow, chaired by specialists from the multidisciplinary research team of the project Troubadours and European Identity: The Role of Catalan Courts. The chairperson will give an initial presentation about each topic, will encourage PhD students to discuss the relevant, interesting and problematic issues regarding each topic they have encountered during their own research and will give them feedback.

Historical analysis (16-20 October) – Alexandra Beauchamp (U. Limoges)

Literary analysis (30 October - 3 November)  – Thomas Hinton (U. Exeter)

Manuscripts (6-10 November)  – Anna Gudayol (Biblioteca de Catalunya)

Text editing (13-17 November)  – Sadurní Martí (U. Girona)


2. A day-conference in Barcelona (22 November 2017) - National Library of Catalonia

Graduate students will be invited to present a 15-minute paper on topics related to their PhD research. Subjects covered by the conference sessions will be favoured: courts as institutions, the implications of political networks on literature and other cultural manifestations, troubadour itineraries and careers or the production of chansonniers. Discussion will be moderated by senior researchers taking part in the conference.

Here is the final programme 

The organizing committee has prepared a visit to the Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts’ section of the National Library of Catalonia guided by Anna Gudayol, Head of the Manuscript Department. 


Application and admission

Places are limited. Please apply, before 6th October, at (subject: Graduate workshop registration), stating your name, university, PhD programme and supervisor, title of thesis, short abstract, and short cv.

Travel bursaries will be available.