William R. Bowen

William R. Bowen
Associate Professor (on leave until July 1, 2019)
Music & Culture


William Bowen is Chair of the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough. His research interests lie in speculative musical thought from Antiquity to the end of the Renaissance, with particular focus on harmonic science and its implications for Renaissance culture. He is also interested in music for the theatre, especially opera, and has performed with the Canadian Opera Company. His most recent book-length publications include Renaissance Studies and New Technologies (2008) edited by W. Bowen and R. G. Siemens, and Platonic Theology, trans. by M. J. B. Allen, Latin text ed. by J. Hankins with W. Bowen (2001-06). He has published articles and reviews in Early Modern Literary Studies, Journal of Music Theory, Italica, Renaissance and Reformation, Renaissance Quarterly, Renaissance Studies, and the Sixteenth Century Journal. Dr. Bowen is the current editor of Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme. His commitment to digital humanities and online publication is evidenced by his work as the founding director of Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, as the editor of FICINO, and as co-editor of the book series New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. His current projects include writing a monograph on the musical thought of Marsilio Ficino and working on The Library of the Sidneys of Penshurst Place for U of T Press (with Joseph Black and Germaine Warkentin).



B.A., B.Mus. (Carleton), A.R.C.T. (Toronto), A.R.C.M. (London, England), M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)

Research Interests: 

Harmonic science from Antiquity to the seventeenth century; Ficino; Digital Humanities; Renaissance bibliography; Editions of Renaissance texts