Emanuela Vai is Research Fellow at Worcester College, University of Oxford. She works at the interdisciplinary intersection of art history, architectural history and musicology. Her research combines the analysis of historical materials with 3D virtual modelling, GIS platforms and acoustic analysis, to investigate the relationship between art, music, space and the senses in the Renaissance. Emanuela champions the public engagement of academic research, working across a diversity of cultural heritage and digital humanities projects, with the aim of building and improving partnerships between academia, policy and industry for the study and preservation of tangible and intangible culture.
Founder of the Renaissance Musical Instrument Network (RenMI), Emanuela teaches on the Master of Advanced Studies in Renaissance Polyphony Performance at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana and collaborates with the Royal Academy of Music in London. Before joining Oxford, she held positions at the University of Cambridge, the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies (CREMS) University of York and the Harvard University Centre for Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti, where she was Hanna Kiel Fellow.