Annual Meeting
Support CARMEN
Jobs, Bursaries, and Research Positions
Training Programs for MA and Doctoral Candidates
Arc Medieval Press
Other News
View this email in your browser
CARMEN Newsletter, July 2015

Dear CARMEN Member,

Many thanks to all who joined us at Leeds IMC 2015. The CARMEN executive met to prepare the annual meeting at Sarajevo. CARMEN's new, open access press ('Arc Humanities Press') held a reception and CARMEN sponsored a series of sessions entitled "Uses and Abuses of the Middle Ages in the Modern World I-IV" and contributed to a workshop on academic publishing. 

I would like to draw your attention to some updated information and the program schedule of the Annual Meeting in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, on 11-13 September 2015. Other information is divided as usual into jobs, scholarships, training programs and other relevant news.

Dr. Kateřina Horníčková - CARMEN Secretary

CARMEN Annual Meeting on "Memory and Identity"

11-13 September 2015 - Sarajevo (Bosnia)

The registration deadline is fast approaching - book your flights, accommodation and let our organisers know!

This year's meeting will take place in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and will be hosted by the History Department of the University of Eastern Sarajevo (  Our meeting which will be held in the Goethe-Institut (Bentbaša 1a, 71000 Sarajevo,

The general theme of our Annual Meeting will be Memory and Identity. Join us on 11-13 September, 2015, make friends, and discover the fascinating history of the Balkan people. The program of the Annual Meeting and the practical information are attached in this newsletter. CARMEN is looking forward to seeing you in Sarajevo.


Travel and Practical Information:

The Market Place (registration deadline 15 August)
Remember to promote your institution at our Market Place for projects on the Friday of the annual meeting (document attached). Please also check the earlier newsletter,
The Market Place is also where you can display posters, books, leaflets, etc. Central European plugs and voltage are used.
See further:


CARMEN can offer a small budget for bursaries for doctoral students and early-career medievalists (further details from Jitske Jasperse


This year’s theme: "Memory and Identity"

With its turbulent history Sarajevo is a well-chosen location to address the theme of memory and identity, especially if we take into account that its medieval history is used in (ideological) debates about the present. Yet Sarajevo and its surroundings have an interesting medieval history as well, which can easily be related to research in the field of medieval memory and and about appropriating and manufacturing the Middle Ages. Themes such as migration, knowledge, space and colour can also be included. We welcome stall-holders who want to present research, projects, books etc. related to the topic of memory and identity, but this is certainly not mandatory.


For travel and other details please visit the CARMEN website  ( or see above for link to PDF of travel and practical information. Participants are advised either to fly direct to Sarajevo (though there are limited flights) or to Dubrovnik, where a simple bus ride can ferry you to and from Sarajevo.

Support CARMEN

CARMEN was established in 2007 explicitly as a light, flexible and informal network that supports international collaboration in medieval studies all over the world. All members of CARMEN's Executive Committee work on a voluntary basis and membership of the network is free.

CARMEN benefited for several years from generous funding from the University of York and the Worldwide University Network, with the University of Bristol, and other universities and projects such as the ESF one on saints' cults.

This money has finished so CARMEN has agreed to retain free membership but to invite voluntary contributions from national associations, institutions, and individuals. CARMEN needs about 6000 EUR a year, which is spent on travel subventions to the Annual Meeting for speakers and selected scholars and students; to cover administrative costs of running the network; and for its executive committee to meet mid-yearly. Every little will help!

(CARMEN fundraising letter)

You may contribute directly to our own bank account:
he Co-operative Bank, UK
International Bank Account Number (IBAN):
GB51 CPBK 0892 9965 6334 67
Bank Identification Code (BIC): CPBK GB22

Jobs, Bursaries, and Research Positions

1. Assistant Professor in Medieval Europe, History Dept., University of Pennsylvania
The Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Medieval Europe, field and period open. The candidate will participate in the undergraduate and graduate teaching mission of the Department. Receipt of the PhD is expected by the time of appointment.

Submit applications online at Review of applications will begin 2 November 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will take place at the American Historical Association annual meeting in Atlanta.

2. Doctoral positions at Charles University, Prague in collaboration with CEFRES (see attached, 3 docs)
Letter of Reference:
Application Form:

3. Two Research Associates (PhD positions), University of Münster
The DFG-Sonderforschungsbereich/Collaborative Research Centre 1150 “Cultures of Decision-making” at the University of Münster invites applications for 2 Research Associates [Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterinnen/Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (PhD student positions)] in Project C02 “The Role of the Supernatural in Procedures of Imperial Decision-making in the Byzantine Empire from the 6th to the 12th Centuries” under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Michael Grünbart at the earliest possible date.

The positions will be fixed-term during the first phase of the Sonderforschungsbereich/ Collaborative Research Centre 1150 until 30 June 2019. Currently, the regular employment time is 26 hours and 33 minutes per week. All posts can, as a rule, also be filled as part-time positions if there are no compelling work-related reasons against doing so.

4. Six Lecturer (teaching and research) positions, Paris, Institut National de l’Histoire de l’Art (INHA)
Six postes de chargés d'études et de recherche sont à pourvoir à l'INHA, à compter du 1er octobre 2015. Les chargés d’études et de recherche effectuent un service partagé entre les programmes scientifiques et documentaires de l’Institut et leurs travaux personnels de recherche; ils se voient confier des tâches documentaires et scientifiques en relation avec les programmes décrits sur le site. Leur lieu de résidence est situé à Paris.

Deadline: 1 septembre 2015, 17h

5. University Lecturer position (ideally in the Medieval Mediterranean), Montréal (UQAM)
The history department at the Université de Québec, Montréal is looking for a medievalist, ideally specialising in the history of the Mediterranean world. The job starts on 1 June 2016, but application can be made until 5pm (local time), 2 October 2015.

For more details:Âge-UQAM.pdf

6. Research Fellowships at the Institute of European History, Mainz
The Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) will award Research fellowships for international PhD students for a research stay in Mainz from January 2016 or later.

The IEG awards fellowships for international junior researchers in history, theology and other historical subjects. The IEG promotes research on the historical foundations of Europe from the early modern period to the 20th century, particularly regarding their religious, political and social dimensions. Projects dealing with European communication and transfer processes as well as pro-jects focusing on questions related to theology, church history and intellectual history are particularly welcome.

Funding is currently € 1200/month. Research fellows live and work for at least 6 months and up to 12 months at the Institute in Mainz and can pursue their individual PhD project.

For More Details:
or, go to the website of the Leibniz Institut of European History.

Training Programs for MA and Doctoral Candidates

Paleography Courses, Stanford
Stanford University is offering a series of online courses on palaeography, codicology and other aspects of manuscript culture, which have been designed and delivered by Elaine Treharne and a team of other specialists. Those who complete a minimum level of the course receive an official certificate, so it is a good opportunity for anyone interested in augmenting their CV. Furthermore, the workload is very manageable. The second course in the series has just become available and more information is available at the following link:

Mediävistische Sommerakademie - Mediävistenverband (see attached)

Die Sommerakademie ist schon lange mit dem Mediävistenverband verbunden. Sie dient dazu, in intensiver Zusammenarbeit die unterschiedlichen mit dem Mittelalter befassten Disziplinen zusammenzuführen und so schon im Studium oder in der Graduierungszeit das interdisziplinäre Lernen einzuüben, das für unseren gemeinsamen Blick auf das Mittelalter so wichtig ist.

Arc Medieval Press

Arc Medieval Press is CARMEN's own publishing house, with a special mission to publish works in global medieval studies, and to offer full open access compliance.

Featured Publication- 50% OFF
This offer is limited to purchases through
MIP's online bookstore. Use code CARMEN to get 50% off this title. This exceptional offer for CARMEN members is valid until 15 September 2015.

Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World: Rethinking the Black Death

Edited by Monica H.Green
The first book to integrate researchers in the humanities with the social and physical sciences to synthesize how recent work in genetics, zoology, and epidemiology is providing fresh answers to crucial questions such as: Why and how did the pandemic happen in the first place? When and where did it begin? How was it sustained? What was its full geographic extent? And when did it really end?

Copyright 2015, Clothbound
6" x 9", 234 x 156mm, pp. vi + 324, 18 colour plates, 16 line art
ISBN 978-1-94201-00-1
Regular Price: $99.00 / Your Price: $49.50

Other News:

Medieval Investigations 2015 Workshop
29-30 November 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal

Medieval Investigations 2015 is a Martin Chautari initiative to establish the significance of the medieval period (880 – 1769 AD; 937– 1826 VS; 1-889 NS) in the historiography of Nepal. It has been organized to challenge, through the findings of the most recent academic research, existing perspectives on medieval history. The workshop will see experts and students engaged and interested in medieval research coming together, presenting and discussing sources, methods, techniques, arguments and theories on the medieval. The proceedings of the workshop, in a revised form, will be published either under MC book series or by other reputable publisher.

For specifics of the conference, contact:
Yogesh Raj, Research Director, Martin Chautari, Email:
Diwakar Acharya, Reader, University of Kyoto, Email:

Interfaces: open access journal from the Centre for Medieval Literature (Syddansk Universitet and the University of York)
Interfaces is a new online open access journal on medieval literature invested in bringing together the linguistic, literary and historical expertise to take a European approach to medieval literature. The journal aims to establish a forum both for articles which move across literatures (plural) and also, more ambitiously, to foster reflections on a more elusive, but no longer entirely absent, object, European medieval literature (singular).

In line with the journal’s scope and vision to promote connective approaches to European medieval literatures, we begin by facing head-on the multiple challenges of devising new types of narratives about medieval textual cultures. We have invited papers which take a wider regional perspective and move across medieval Europe as well as papers which bring an explicitly European perspective to more specific topics (with a tighter thematic, chronological, geographic or linguistic focus).

The first issue is available at:

Free open access published with a Creative Commons licence permits you to send around the pdfs of the entire issue, or of individual contributions, with due references and a pointer to the Interfaces website.

Reka Forrai (Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Medieval Literature, Syddansk Universitet)

Copyright © 2015 MIP, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences