CARMEN Visual and Material Cultures

The CARMEN Visual and Material Cultures series provides a platform for interdisciplinary medieval scholarship centred on visual and material cultures, through which it seeks to gain new perspectives and bring greater depth to existing historical narratives of the medieval world. Drawing on methodologies from a variety of disciplines—archaeology, art history, and anthropology—it can provide an understanding that is otherwise hindered by a focus solely on written sources.

The series is a venue for established scholars as well as early career researchers from partners and countries within the CARMEN Medieval Network. Under its earlier name “CARMEN Monographs and Studies” we showed our commitment to publishing research from scholars outside Western Europe and North America. The renamed series retains its global commitment.

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

Global perspective: within and beyond western Europe into Latin America, Africa, Byzantium, and the Middle East

Chronological Scope

ca. 235 – ca. 1500: Late Antiquity to the central and later Middle Ages


Visual cultures, material culture, global medieval studies, art history

Titles Published

Available as hardback and PDF ebook and, in some cases, as Open Access and in paperback. Click on headings above and below for current lists.

Titles Published under the CARMEN Monographs and Studies title

Editorial Contact

Editorial Board

Jitske Jasperse

Jitske Jasperse (Ph.D. University of Amsterdam, 2013) is Assistant Professor of Kunst- und Bildgeschichte at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She held a postdoctoral position at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Madrid (2016-2018). Driven by the question why and how people engage with artefacts, both precious and mundane, she has a particular interest in the relationship between material culture, women, and gender.

She is member of the Leeds Program Committee for the Medieval Academy of America (2018-2022), associate board member of the International Center of Medieval Art (2019-present), and was Treasurer of CARMEN. The Worldwide Medieval Network (2015-2018).


Further information and publications from her HU Berlin homepage

Elizabeth Williams

Elizabeth Betsy Williams

Elizabeth Dospel Williams (Ph.D. Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 2015) is Associate Curator responsible for the care of the Byzantine Collection at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. She was previously a post-doctoral teaching fellow at the George Washington University and curatorial assistant in the Department of Medieval Art and the Cloisters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her exhibitions and publications address late antique aesthetics, furnishings, dress practice, and sensory experience. She has also published on the history of collecting and art market issues, with a particular interest in the provenance histories of archaeological material from the late nineteenth century through the Second World War. 

She was on the board of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (2015-2019), where she served also as Treasurer (2017-2019). 

Karen Dempsey

My work blends the theoretical perspectives of prehistoric, historic and anthropological archaeology as well as material culture and heritage studies. I am a medieval archaeologist who specialises in studies of castles. Currently, I am an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at National University of Ireland, Galway, my project ‘Home is Where the Heart(h) is’ steps away from elite lives in medieval castles to examine the lived experience of ordinary medieval households in Ireland 1100–1600 AD. In particular, I am interested in exploring everyday life from a gendered perspective. My work emphasises the importance of an holistic approach that combines people, places, thing- and increasingly plants – to inform us of past (and present) social practices. 

Further information from NUI Galway webpage.