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Dr Matthew Laube

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

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Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Birkbeck, University of London
Room B32, 26 Russell Square



Matthew joined the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck in October 2018 as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. As a social and cultural historian of music, his work explores the place of music – and sound more generally – in the religious and political upheavals of northern Europe 1350–1650, and probes the intersection of late medieval and early modern music and materiality, identity, memory, dissent and temporalities.

His research at Birkbeck examines cultures of violence in the Low Countries during the Dutch Revolt (c.1520-1648), using sound and sensory history as critical prisms for understanding the physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions of violence and pain. He was awarded his PhD in Music at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2014. He has been a Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway, and in 2014 was a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the British Library. Between 2014 and 2017 Matthew was a Wiener-Anspach Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge, and a Research Associate at Robinson College, Cambridge.

Since October 2018, he has also been Assistant Editor and Reviews Editor of the journal Early Music History (


‘“The Harmony of One Choir”? Music and Social Unity in Reformation Heidelberg’, Past & Present, no. 248 (Aug. 2020), forthcoming.

‘Clandestine Religion and the Musical Cultures of Anti-Catholicism in the Southern Netherlands’, in Crossing Boundaries: Music and Conversion in the Early Modern City, ed. Iain Fenlon, Marie-Alexis Colin, and Matthew Laube (Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming 2020).

‘Singing and Devotion in the Sixteenth-Century Low Countries: Review-Article’, Early Music History 38 (2019), 305–16.

‘Materializing Music in the Lutheran Home’, Past & Present 234 suppl. 12 (2017), 114–38.

‘Confessional Networks, Cultural Exchange and the Printed Music of Jerome Commelin (c.1550–1597)’, in International Exchange in the Early Modern Book World, ed. Matthew McLean and Sara Barker (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 259–281.