Dr Jacomien Prins
Centre for the Study of the Renaissance
Jacomien Prins completed a Master in Musicology and Philosophy at the University of Utrecht and studied Recorder at the Constantijn Huygens Conservatory. She later specialized in historically informed performance practice at the Civica Scuola di Musica at Milan and then took a Ph.D. at the University of Utrecht (2003-2009). Prior to taking up the fellowship at the IAS she won a Rubicon grant of The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), was elected fellow of Wolfson College and spent three years of research at the University of Oxford (2009-2012).
Dr Prins’s research focuses on philosophy, aesthetics of music and music theory in the Renaissance and Early Modern world. She has published the monograph Echoes of an invisible world: Marsilio Ficino and Francesco Patrizi on cosmic order and music theory as well as a number of articles on Renaissance philosophy. Furthermore, she is preparing a critical edition and translation of Ficino’s Commentary on Plato’s Timaeus which will be published in the I Tatti Renaissance Library series (ITRL) in due course.
Her IAS fellowship project, titled A well-tempered Life: Music, Health and Happiness in Renaissance Learning, analyses the hitherto unexplored conception of ‘a well-tempered life’ in the writings of a group of Renaissance scholars – from Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499 – author of the first music oriented self-help guide for scholars) to Marin Mersenne (1588-1648 – discoverer of the harmonic series who undermined Ficino’s ‘music therapy’).
Dr Prins has taught undergraduate as well as post-graduate courses in the Faculty of Humanities of Utrecht University (2003-2009) and Oxford University (2009-2012). Her teaching focuses on the history of music, philosophy, aesthetics of music, and music theory. At Warwick she is involved in the undergraduate Core Module Renaissance History and Culture (CSR) and the Art History MA ‘Magic and Marvels in Renaissance Culture’ as well as in the postgraduate Warwick-Warburg programme ‘Resources and Techniques for the Study of Renaissance and Early Modern Culture’.
International Conference: 'Musical Renaissance Humanism and its Legacy'. 2-4 June 2016, Warwick's Palazzo Papafava, Venice. Conference website
‘Hearing the Voice, Hearing the Soul’: Friday 5 June 2015, 10:00 - 18:30, Warwick University, Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) Millburn House, Coventry. Conference website
On 4 June, one of the keynote speakers, Giuseppe Gerbino, will also be holding a talk and clinic
"Music, Emotions and Well-being: historical and scientific perspectives". International Conference, 20 June 2014, Centre for the History of the Emotions, Queen Mary University of London. Conference website
Scientiae 2013: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World. 'Art and Medicine'- an IAS sponsored panel. 20 April 2013, Arts Centre at the University of Warwick. Conference website
“Sing aloud harmonious spheres: Music, philosophy, and the order of the universe in the Renaissance”: Thursday 12 May until Sunday 15 May 2011, Venezia. Conference website
Warwick University - National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) (philosophy)
Colloquium 'History of Philosophy and Historical Explanations: Texts, Methods and Related Disciplines', National Autonomous University of Mexico, 9-10 November 2016. In collaboration with Teresa Rodriquez and Ernesto Priani. Conference website
Warwick University - University of São Paulo (USP) (musicology)
Conference 'Music and Memory'. University of São Paulo, 15-18 September 2015. Conference website
Conference 'Early Music and the Imagination'. University of São Paulo, 16-19 September 2014. Conference website
Marsilio Ficino: Commentary on the Timaeus, critical edition accompanied by an English translation, Cambridge, Ma: Harvard University Press / The I Tatti Renaissance Library (ITRL), 2 vols. (forthcoming).
With Maude Vanhaelen (eds.), Sing aloud Harmonious Spheres: Renaissance Conceptions of Cosmic Harmony, Abingdon: Routledge, 2017.
With Mariken Teeuwen (eds.), Harmonisch labyrint: De muziek van de kosmos in de westerse wereld, Hilversum: Verloren, 2007.
‘Jung’s Interpretation of Cardano’s Theories of Dreams and World Harmony’, “Renaissance Modernities”: a special issue of the I Tatti Studies (forthcoming: Fall 2017).
‘Francesco Patrizi and the ‘Weakest Echo of the Harmony of the Spheres’, in: Jacomien Prins and Maude Vanhaelen (eds.), Sing Aloud Harmonious Spheres: Renaissance Conceptions of Cosmic Harmony, Abingdon: Routledge, 2017, 139-159.
‘Girolamo Cardano and Julius Caesar Scaliger in Debate about Nature’s Musical Secrets’, Journal of the History of Ideas Vol.8.2, 2017, 169-189.
‘Francesco Patrizi, Unrequited Love, and the Power of Music’, in: Tomáš Nejeschleba (ed.), Francesco Patrizi: Philosopher of the Renaissance, Olomouc: Palacky University Press, 2015, 232-259.
‘The Music of the Pulse in Marsilio Ficino’s Timaeus commentary’, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Manfred Horstmanshoff, Helen King, and Claus Zittel (eds.), Intersections vol. 25, Leiden: Brill, 2012, 393-414.
2017 ‘Renaissance Conceptions of Sympathetic Vibration’, Music and the Cosmos conference, Cambridge, 3-4 June.
2017 ‘Girolamo Cardano and Carl Gustav Jung’ UCL lecture, University College London, 20 March.
2016 'Marsilio Ficino's Timaeus Commentary: Scientific Speculations of a Renaissance Interpreter', Seminario de Metafisica, Epistemologia e Historia de la Filosofia. Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas. UNAM, 8 November.
2016 ‘Girolamo Cardano on Music as a Remedy ‘for the Troubles that Result from the Misery of Human Misfortune’, Columbia University Seminars in Historical Musicology, 15 April.
2016 ‘Marsilio Ficino and Girolamo Cardano: Variations on The Dream of Scipio’, Columbia University Seminars in the Study of the Renaissance, 12 April.
Dr Prins is a member of the Department of Philosophy and the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance (CSR), her profile can be found here
A review of the Conference: 'The Musical Humanism of the Renaissance and its Legacy', Warwick in Venice, 2-4 June 2016 can be found here
A video of the first lecture recital at the Conference: 'The Musical Humanism of the Renaissance and its Legacy', Warwick in Venice, 3 June 2016 can be found here
A video of the second lecture recital at the Conference: 'The Musical Humanism of the Renaissance and its Legacy', Warwick in Venice, 4 June 2016 can be found here
A video of the lunchtime concert at the 'Hearing the Voice, Hearing the Soul' symposium (2015) can be found here
A review of the symposium 'Hearing the Voice, Hearing the Soul' (2015)can be found here