Annual Meeting

Upcoming Meeting

“The Middle Ages in the Americas”

The annual CARMEN open meeting brings together scholars and professionals from across the world in participatory and interactive formats, including talks by leading scholars, paper sessions, project development workshops, and our annual ‘Forum’ showcasing projects, institutions and research centers. This year’s meeting will take place on 2-4 September 2021, co-sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America and Harvard University’s Committee on Medieval Studies. The theme for this year’s CARMEN meeting, “The Middle Ages in the Americas”, highlights our North American venue, and is meant to encourage scholarly conversation on the rich history of Medieval Studies in the Western hemisphere, as well as the myriad ways in which “the medieval” has been portrayed and appropriated within the art, architecture, literature, and popular culture of the Americas.

Due to the continuing challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, we will not be able to gather in Boston as originally planned. Instead, our meeting will take place virtually, featuring a combination of synchronous lectures, sessions, and workshops that will take place from 1100 to 1500 EDT on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We also will offer a variety of asynchronous excursions, providing introductions to Boston and some of its medieval treasures. In addition to keynote talks by Professor Laura Cleaver (School of Advanced Studies, University of London) and Professor Cord Whitaker (Wellesley College) and a series of talks on this year’s theme, the 2021 CARMEN meeting also will feature presentations of new and early-stage project proposals submitted for this year’s CARMEN Project Prize, the winner of which will be announced at the meeting’s conclusion.

We welcome proposals for papers, panels, or roundtables on any aspect of the theme “The Middle Ages in the Americas”. Proposals should include (1) the name, affiliation, and email address of each presenter or panelist; (2) the paper, panel, or roundtable title; and (3) a brief (c. 150 word) abstract of the proposed paper, panel, or roundtable. Complete proposals should be submitted via email to the program committee at carmenmedieval@web.de by Friday, 23 July 2021; please be sure to indicate “CARMEN 2021 meeting proposal” in the email subject line. For more information on the Project Prize, including submission requirements, deadlines, and criteria, please visit the Project Prize page on the CARMEN website here. Accepted papers, panels, and Project Prize applicants will be contacted no later than Monday, 2 August 2021.

Meeting registration information, as well as the complete meeting program, will be available on the CARMEN website in early August 2021.

Meeting registration information, as well as the complete meeting program, will be available on the CARMEN website in early August 2021.

Every CARMEN meeting since our beginnings in 2007 has spotlighted the host city and its medieval heritage. Check back here in July to learn more about our exciting slate of virtual excursions and introductions to medieval objects and manuscripts in Boston-area collections, as well as the enduring legacy of the Middle Ages in Boston’s own history and built environment!

Previous Meetings

The 2020 CARMEN annual meeting, sponsored by Trinity College Dublin and originally scheduled to take place at Trinity’s Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, met virtually from 1-2 September 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The meeting program can be found 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.

Passages: Beyond the Boundaries of Medieval Studies, CARMEN’s 2018 Annual Meeting, took place in Tampere, Finland on 26-28 August 2018, organized by the University of Tampere (Tampereen yliopisto). 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.

Futures, CARMEN’s 2016 Annual Meeting, took place in Essen, Germany on 9-11 September 2016, organized by the Historical Institute at the University of Duisburg-Essen. The program is available here.

Memory and Identity, CARMEN’s 2015 Annual Meeting, took place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on 11-13 September 2015, organized by the University of East Sarajevo and co-sponsored by the Goethe-Institut in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 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 2013 Annual Meeting took place in Porto, Portugal on 13-15 September 2013, organized by the Centro de Estudios da Populacao, Economia e Sociedade (CEPESE). The program is available here.

CARMEN’s 2012 Annual Meeting took place in Budapest, Hungary on 7-9 September 2012, organized by the Central European University. The program is available here.

CARMEN’s 2011 Annual Meeting took place in Madrid and Segovia, Spain on 9−11 September 2011, organized by the Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Madrid and the IE University in Segovia. The program is available here.

CARMEN’s 2010 Annual Meeting took place in Tallinn, Estonia on 17-19 September 2010, organized by the Centre for Medieval Studies in the Institute of History at Tallinn University. 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.

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