Eleanor Chan is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Music Department at The University of Manchester, working on a holistic and interdisciplinary investigation on false relations in the English Renaissance. She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2017, and joined Manchester university after fellowships at the Society for Renaissance Studies and the Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art and stints teaching at the Universities of Cambridge, Sheffield and Doshisha. Chan was named a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker 2022.
Broadly her research focuses on the interaction between musicological, art historical and literary narratives of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries in northern Europe. She is especially interested in interrogating the boundaries of what can be considered a ‘musical’ rather than ‘visual’ object. She published a children’s non-fiction title, Art is Everywhere (Templar Publishing), in 2022. She is working on an adult non-fiction book, a visual history of music.