Anna Alberni studied English Philology at the University of Barcelona. She obtained her PhD in Catalan Philology in 2003 at the same University. She has been a researcher and assistant lecturer at the University of Barcelona (1996-2000), and at the University of Girona (2005-2009). From 2003 to 2005 she was a postdoc researcher at the University of Rome-La Sapienza and at the University of L’Aquila. In 2005 she accepted an ICREA Junior position at the University of Girona. In 2009 she moved to the University of Barcelona, where she is ICREA Research Professor at the Department of Linguistics and Catalan Philology–IRCVM.
Alberni’s research focuses on the study of medieval Romance poetry as an essential part of Europe’s cultural past. More specifically, she works on issues of poetic genre, intertextuality, discoursive traditions and textual criticism. During the last years Alberni has extensively dedicated her efforts to the consolidation of the research group created in 2009 in order to develop the project The Last Song of the Troubadours. Linguistic Codification and Construction of a Literary Canon in the Crown of Aragon (ERC-StG-2008). Her actual project, Ioculator seu Mimus. Performing Music and Poetry in Medieval Iberia (ERC-CoG-2017), aims at editing and analysing a large corpus of documents on the artists involved in musical life at the courts of the kings of the House of Barcelona (Crown of Aragon) from the mid-13th century to the mid-15th century (1235-1435).