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Luminita Florea

Music History

Luminita Florea received her Ph.D. in Musicology from Indiana University School of Music at Bloomington and her Bachelor's degree in Musicology from the Academy of Music in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Dr. Florea was an American Fellow of the American Association of University Women for 1992-3, and was twice selected as a participant in the National Endowment for Humanities Summer Institute/Seminar (Chicago, 1994 and Boston, 1998). Dr. Florea is the recipient of the Robbins Research Senior Fellowship from the University of California at Berkeley (2007), a Summer Study Stipend from the National Endowment for Humanities (1998), several faculty research and travel awards from Eastern Illinois University (1995, 1997-98, 2010, 2011, 2012), and the Achievement and Contribution Award from Eastern Illinois University in the Balanced Category (Teaching/Research/Service) for the academic year 2011-2012. 

Dr. Florea has presented papers for the International Musicological Society Congress in Leuven (Belgium [2002]) and London [1997]; the American Musicological Society in Washington, D.C. [2005] and Reno, Nevada [2000]; the annual International Medieval and Renaissance Music conferences in Barcelona [2011], Utrecht (The Netherlands [2009]), Vienna [2007], and Bangor (U.K. [2008]); the U. K. Association of Art Historians [2011]; the U. K. Royal Musical Association in London [1994]; the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies [2011 and 2009]; the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies [2000]; and the Regional Central Renaissance Conference in St. Louis, MO. 

In May 2012 Dr. Florea presented her interdisciplinary research involving medieval music theory and medieval surgery for the Spring/Summer 2012 sessions of ATELIER MEDICA, the workshop-lecture series at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy and the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania.

Dr. Florea's current research focuses on analogies involving, on the one hand, objects and practices of 13th-, 14th-, and 15th-centuries material culture, and, on the other hand, intellectual constructs expounded in contemporaneous theoretical treatises on music. In addition to her already published work, she has recently finished a study of analogies involving late medieval concepts of music theory, Classical mythology, and early modern surgery, to be published in PHILOBIBLON (Cluj University Press) in 2012.

At Eastern Illinois University Dr. Florea is teaching the full undergraduate Music History sequence, the graduate Introduction to Research in Music, the graduate seminar in Music History, the upper-level undergraduate seminar in Music History, the music unit of the new interdisciplinary course "Introduction to Medieval Studies," as well as directing independent undergraduate and graduate studies on a variety of topics. Still at EIU, she has also taught courses in African-American music and non-Western music.

Dr. Florea is currently on the Editorial and Advisory Board of PHILOBIBLON: Transylvanian Journal of Multidisciplinary Research in the Humanities (Cluj University Press); she is the Coordinator of the Music Department Honors Program, a member of the EIU Medieval Studies Committee, and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Humanities at Eastern Illinois University--where she is also a member of the Newberry Library Committee.

Dr. Florea is happy to meet interested students during her scheduled office hours or by appointment.


Areas of Expertise

  • Cultures
  • Early Music
  • Medieval Music
  • Medieval Music Theory
  • Music
  • Musicology

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Phone: 217-581-7042

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