Aside from guest lecturers, Callahan and Hudson served as the main instructors for
the group, a blend of university faculty members and doctoral students with expertise
in musicology or language and literature. In order to fully understand the work of
trouvères as both music and poetry, Callahan and Hudson emphasized the need to integrate
both subject areas.
“It was natural that we offer a seminar that introduced musicologists and performers
to Old French language and literature, textual scholars to medieval music theory,
and both to the craft of editing medieval song,” Callahan and Hudson shared in a joint-statement.
They have a long-standing history of collaboration themselves, as advisors on books
and joint presenters at international conferences.
Callahan and Hudson facilitated collaboration between the two groups of scholars through
a joint project to transcribe and translate the music and lyric poetry of Gautier
de Dargies, a prolific trouvère from the early thirteenth century. Using a “dual approach”
to the project as both a musical composition and a work of lyrical poetry, participants
came away with a more holistic understanding of Dargies’ work and the work of their
“We are confident that participants acquired sufficient familiarity with each other’s
discipline to be able to enhance their curricular offering,” Callahan and Hudson said.
“The project has shown them the way to do collaborative research at their home institutions,
and given them a scholarly community that will last their entire career.”
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency that has funded programs in the humanities
for colleges, universities, museums, libraries and other cultural institutions since
1965. Each summer, NEH provides stipends for a series of tuition-free seminars aimed
at school teachers and higher education faculty across the country.