CARMEN Monographs and Studies

CARMEN Monographs and Studies seeks to explore the movements of people, ideas, religions and objects in the medieval period. It welcomes publications that deal with the migration of people and artefacts in the Middle Ages, the adoption of Christianity in northern, Baltic, and east-central Europe, and early Islam and its expansion through the Umayyad caliphate. CMS also encourages work that engages with the histories of the Global South and interdisciplinary approaches that explicitly incorporate material culture.

The series is a venue for established scholars as well as early career researchers from partners and countries within the CARMEN Medieval Network outside Western Europe and North America. For this reason, the editorial board comprises a new generation of scholars from institutions connected to the CARMEN network, particularly those outside Europe.

We accept proposals for monographs or edited volumes of 70,000 or more words or shorter “minigraphs” of 45,000 to 60,000 words.

Geographical Scope

Europe, Mediterranean and North Africa, Middle East, Global South

Chronological Scope

ca. 235 – ca. 1500. Also well-focused volumes spanning the late medieval and early modern periods.


Early medieval world, early Islam, Christianization of Europe, global medieval studies, mobility, material culture

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Jitske Jasperse

At the Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin and form part of “Bildkulturen des Mittelalters” led by Prof. Kathrin Müller. I teach the seminar “Gendering the Master Narrative: Patrons and Makers, Sinners and Saints in Medieval Art.”

I recently held a postdoctoral fellowship (Juan de la Cierva-Formación, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitivity) as part of Therese Martin’s project “The Medieval Treasury across Frontiers and Generations: The Kingdom of León-Castilla in the Context of Muslim-Christian Interchange, c. 1050-1200” (funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitivity, HAR2015-68614-P). This projects asks why the treasury of San Isidoro was formed in the eleventh and twelfth centuries and how these particular objects came to be part of the collection in León. What stories are there to tell about its patrons/owners, cultural exchange, function, display and audiences?

Within this project I focus on the contributions of Infanta Sancha of Leon-Castilla (d. 1159) and Queen Leonor of Castilla (d. 1214) to this impressive treasury. What did they donate to San Isidoro, why did they endow this monastery with costly gifts, and what do the objects tell us about Sancha and Leonor and their relation to San Isidoro? I argue that precious objects were suitable instruments for the creation or invention of memory and history, in which women seem to have played a crucial role. This argument is based on the assessment of the artworks in the context of the treasury as a whole (its foundation and expansion) and in relation to the way the canons of San Isidoro created their own history through objects, persons, miracles and past stories.

In 2013 I defended my dissertation at the University of Amsterdam. It centred on a twelfth-century German duchess, Matilda, the wife of Duke Henry the Lion, perhaps the most famous nobleman in twelfth-century Germany. Although Matilda was the daughter of King Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine, she remained an enigmatic figure because the written source material has always been regarded as too limited. However, in my research I demonstrated that Matilda’s role at her husband’s court and her responsibilities can very well be investigated if we do not limit ourselves to charters, but include as many sources as possible, both written and visual.

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Kathleen Neal

Kathleen Neal holds a combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Melbourne with Honours in History, and a Master of Studies in Historical Research (Medieval) from Oxford University. Her doctoral thesis in History was undertaken at Monash on letters and letter writing in thirteenth-century English government. She also holds a PhD in Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology from The University of Melbourne.

Kathleen’s research focuses on late medieval English political history, particularly the rhetorical strategies used to negotiate the various relationships that tied the English crown to the wider political community. She is also interested in medieval theories of grammar and rhetoric, social diplomatic, pragmatic literacy, gender, and authorship/authority.

Kathleen chaired the Graduate Student Committee of the Medieval Academy of America in 2010-11, and served on the Executive Committee of the Australian Early Medieval Association as Reviews Editor in 2007-09.

You can follow Kathleen’s recent work through her academic blog In Thirteenth Century England, and through her profile.

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Alice Sullivan

Alice Isabella Sullivan’s scholarly interests include the art and architecture of east-central Europe, 14th – 17th c., with a special focus on the artistic production of Moldavia (in modern Romania and the Republic of Moldova) during the 15th and 16th c. Her research examines how critical historical moments are visually articulated and how cross-cultural exchange and translation operated in frontier regions leading up to, and following, historical moments of crisis. Central to her work are questions of Orthodox religious practices and their milieux, patronage, cross-cultural contacts, memory, and conceptions of history.

Her research has been supported by numerous grants from the University of Michigan, the Renaissance Society of America, the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Foundation, and the Chester Dale Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. In 2013 she received the Henry P. Tappan Award for Excellence in Teaching (University of Michigan), and in 2015 she received the award for best graduate student essay from the International Center of Medieval Art. She has served as a member of the graduate student committees of the International Center of Medieval Art and the Medieval Academy of America. She was Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Lawrence University in Wisconsin (2017-18) before returning to a position at the University of Michigan.

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