Art History Department

Samantha Chang

Early Modern

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Supervisor:  Philip Sohm

Dissertation Title: Listening to Painting, Seeing Music: Intersensorial and Synaesthetic Approaches to Music and Visual Culture in the Early Modern Period

Samantha Chang is a PhD Candidate from the Graduate Department of Art at University of Toronto and a Visiting Research Student in the Department of Music at the University of Sheffield. Samantha holds a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) Doctoral Award, a Faculty of Arts and Science Top (FAST) Doctoral Fellowship, and a Mary H. Beatty Fellowship. A professional flutist and conductor, Samantha graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London (England) and she is a fellow of the Trinity College London and the London College of Music. Samantha’s research explores the conceptual relationships between visual arts and music in the early modern period, specifically those of artistic identity, temporality, synaesthesia, and performativity. Her current research project examines the representation of music in the painter’s studio.

Areas of Academic Interest
  • Music and visual culture
  • Intersensoriality and synaesthesia
  • Performativity and theatricality
  • Temporality and materiality
  • Artistic identity
Current Research
  • Music in the painter’s studio
  • MA University of Toronto
  • FTCL Trinity College London
  • FLCM London College of Music
  • LRAM Royal Academy of Music
  • PGDip Royal Academy of Music
  • BA (Hons) University of Toronto
Selected Publications
  • Reithmeier, Reinhart, Liam O’Leary, Xiaoyue Zhu, Corey Dales, Abokor Abdulkarim, Anum Aquil, Lochin Broulliard, Samantha Chang, Wenyangzi Shi, Nancy Vu, and Chang Zou. “The 10,000 PhDs Project at the University of Toronto: Using Employment Outcome Data to Transform Graduate Education.” PLoS One 14.1 (2019): e0209898.

  • “Giulio Briccialdi: Il principe dei flautisti in inghilterra.” Pan 33.3 (2014): 38–41.

Recent Awards
  • 2018 University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) Graduate Scholar and Sedra Award Finalist
  • 2017 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connection Grant
  • 2017 Pekka K. Sinervo Scholarship, University of Toronto
  • 2016–20 Faculty of Arts & Science Top (FAST) Doctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto
  • 2016–20 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship (declined)
  • 2016–19 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) Doctoral Award
  • 2016–18 Robson Graduate Research Fellowship, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies
  • 2016 Mary H. Beatty Fellowship, University of Toronto (declined)
  • 2016 Pearson Canada Award, Ryerson University

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