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Dr Matthew Laube

  • Overview



    As a social and cultural historian of music, Matthew's work explores the place of music – and sound more generally – in the religious and political upheavals of northern Europe 1450–1650, and probes the intersection of late medieval and early modern music and materiality, identity, memory, dissent and temporalities.

    His work examines music in Reformation Germany and he is currently writing a monograph on music, sound and society in Reformation Heidelberg. Matthew's postdoctoral work 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.

    Matthew was awarded his PhD 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 (



    • PhD, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2014
    • M.Mus., Royal Holloway, University of London, 2010

    Honours and awards

    • Postdoctoral Fellow, Fondation Wiener-Anspach, December 2014
    • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Robinson College, Cambridge, December 2015
    • Early Career Fellow, Leverhulme Trust, December 2018
  • Research


    Research clusters and groups

    • Materialities and material cultures
    • Conflict and violence
    • Mind and Body
    • Environment: urban, rural, global
  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    Teaching modules

    • The Early Modern World, 1500-1800: Reformations and Revolutions (SSHC413S4)
  • Publications