Dr Alexandros Maria Hatzikiriakos

Research Fellow

Researcher profile




After earning my PhD in musicology from Sapienza University of Rome, I held positions as a research associate and adjunct professor at the University of Verona until 2023. In 2020, I was Francesco Dombrowski Fellow at I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence. I joined the School of History at St Andrews in 2024, to work on the AHRC project Italian Renaissance Objects and Spaces of Encounters (PI: Prof Mary Laven, Cambridge; CI: Prof Emily Michelson, St Andrews).

Research areas

I am a cultural historian specialising in sound, music, and auditory cultures of the medieval and early modern Mediterranean. My research lies at the intersection of auditory history, decolonial studies, material culture, and sensory studies. I am particularly interested in processes of friction and hybridisation based on different sounds, noises, musical practices, and languages that contributed to shaping and communicating identities in Italy and the Eastern Mediterranean. 

I am a co-founder and steering committee member of the International Musicological Society Study Group "Auditory History" an international and interdisciplinary forum for scholars at all career stages established to stimulate an exchange of current research on global auditory experiences and sonic environments of the past.