Conference Organisers

Elsa De Luca is a post-doctoral researcher at the NOVA University of Lisbon where she is pursuing research into early music, and Development Coordinator of the ‘Portuguese Early Music Database’. Her main achievements as a chant scholar consist of major discoveries made in Old Hispanic chant, which advanced scholarship in musical cryptography and notation and led to publications in major journals (Early Music History and Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies). In the Digital Humanities her most important contribution has been the co-founding of the online catalogue “Cantus Index” (, a research tool that integrates eleven international chant databases and permits searches of the chant for the mass and office by text or melody. De Luca has collaborated in several research projects in Italy, France, Portugal, UK, Canada. De Luca’s music education started with a Piano Diploma from a Conservatoire.

Alicia Miguélez holds a European PhD in Art History (University of León, 2009) and a Horn Diploma (Conservatory of León, 2003). She is currently Vice-Director of the Institute of Medieval Studies of the NOVA University in Lisbon and she lectures Art History at the Faculty for Science and Technology of the NOVA University of Lisbon. Her research interests include Medieval Iconography, Text&Image relationships and History of Emotions. Her PhD was focused on the study of Gestures in Romanesque Iconography of the Iberian Peninsula. She is currently developing a postdoctoral project on Gestures and Body Language in Beatus Manuscripts, funded by the Portuguese Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. Since 2006 she has published two books and more than twenty papers, those including book chapters, articles in peer review journals, conference proceedings, and encyclopaedia entries. She has recently coordinated to the book Portuguese Studies on Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts, published by Brepols in 2014 and has been guest-editor of the special issue Looking Ahead: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Medieval Iberian Heritage (Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, 8.2, 2016). She has also experience in organizing conferences and has been co-organizer of the first two editions of the International Conference Medieval Europe in Motion, held in Lisbon in April 2013 and March 2015.