The annual CARMEN open meeting brings together scholars and professionals from across the world in participatory and interactive formats: project development workshops; training and networking; the ‘Forum’ showcase for projects, institutions and research centres; and, just as importantly, opportunities for socializing.
This year’s annual meeting, originally planned to take place in Dublin at Trinity College on 1-2 September 2020, will do all of these things; due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, it will do them online! We are introducing a series of virtual-friendly modifications to the CARMEN formats you are familiar with (or want to familiarize yourself with), and will be welcoming your input on how we can improve this format for a possible hybrid future, enabling people to participate in CARMEN’s international networks in new ways.
The CARMEN annual meeting always has a thematic strand: this year’s is Environment. A Plenary Round Table will take place during the meeting and will be accompanied on Twitter. We now invite proposals for the workshops, which will take place on 1 and 2 September between 2 and 4 pm GMT +1 in webinar format. The organiser of each workshop will be responsible for online hosting, and will provide a link together with a short description; advance registration will be necessary.
Workshops are interactive sessions which facilitate development of new projects and partnerships. Workshop sessions should take about 60 minutes and can present a project, or project idea, at any stage of development. Workshops are most successful when the convenor has a clear aim for the session and a plan for fostering discussion, and when the theme has cross-disciplinary reach. They are a valuable way to make links and find new collaborators, and can be on any topic (not limited to the thematic strand). Proposals for workshops in 2020, including a theme, an abstract of about half a page, as well as information on the video conference tool of choice, should be sent to Felicitas Schmieder (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 31 July 2020. Workshops will be scheduled in the CARMEN meeting programme, and publicised as part of the event.
We will also host a virtual meeting of our annual Forum—an opportunity for any medievalist to facilitate outreach, connection and communication between individuals, organisations and projects by presenting their new or planned books, projects, or centers. This year, the Forum will take place on Twitter throughout the meeting, and will run asynchronously. We will list all projects that are sent to Cristina Pimenta (email@example.com) by 31 July 2020. The meeting organizers strongly advise Forum presenters to establish a Twitter account for their organizations or projects, if one does not already exist; this will make it easier for participants to follow your work during and after the CARMEN meeting.
Links to the fixed-time (synchronous) meetings (plenary and workshops) on 1-2 September, as well as the registration tool, is available on Eventbrite. The final program is available to registered participants with the relevant Zoom addresses on the Eventbrite page behind the ticket wall. For any remaining questions, kindly email firstname.lastname@example.org .
We will be using two main gateways to the meeting:
- Twitter: #CARMEN_2020
- Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/carmen-virtual-annual-meeting-tickets-111305698340
Further information on registration can be found at the Eventbrite link; our Twitter account will continue to feature news, updates, and developments on the conference before, during, and after it takes place.
Every CARMEN meeting since our beginnings in 2007 has spotlighted the host city and its medieval heritage, and part of the meeting has focused on the local / national community of researchers (a list of previous meetings and programs can be found on this page of our website). This year, we invite you to join us virtually in Dublin, with, among several choices, a virtual city walk and an opportunity to meet Irish medievalists and their projects and work. You will be able to join these events at any time during the two days of the meeting (1-2 September 2020). You will find them on Eventbrite, as well as “fringe” social events that are in preparation and will be announced here.
Communities: Division, Connection, Interaction, CARMEN’s 2019 Annual Meeting, took place in Prague on September 4-5 2019, co-organized by the Institute of Czech History, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, the Institute of Arts and Culture Studies, University of South Bohemia, and the Centre for Medieval Studies at the Institute of Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. The program is available here.
Materialities, CARMEN’s 2017 Annual Meeting, took place in Ghent, Belgium on 22-24 September 2017, organized by the Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies at Ghent University. The program is available here.
CARMEN’s 2014 Annual Meeting took place in Stirling, Scotland on 12-13 September 2014, organized by the Centre for Environmental History and Policy at the University of Stirling. The program is available here.
CARMEN’s 2009 Annual Meeting was hosted by the Institut für Realienkunde des Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Krems, Austria on 11-13 September 2009. The program is available here.
CARMEN’s 2008 Annual Meeting took place in Poitiers, France on 19-21 September 2008, hosted by the Centre d’Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM) of the Université de Poitiers. The program is available here.
CARMEN’s inaugural meeting took place in Budapest, Hungary, hosted by the Central European University on 9-11 March 2007. The program is available here. It was followed by CARMEN’s first full Annual Meeting in Prato, Italy, hosted by the Monash University Prato Centre on 28-30 September 2007. The program is available here.