What is CARMEN?
CARMEN brings together scholars from universities and academic organisations who are actively involved in research on the Middle Ages (c. 400-1500 AD/CE). We access half of the global body of about 20,000 researchers, with important contributions from Europe, North America, East Asia, Australasia and Latin America. CARMEN successfully promotes the construction of major scholarly collaborative projects. Its Executive Group directs strategies, disseminates information, reports to national associations and major conferences, and organises an annual meeting. It assists nascent projects to reach critical mass and tries to pro-actively shape research agendas.
CARMEN'S Mission Statement
- CARMEN links research institutions, universities, interest groups and individuals with a common scholarly interest in the study of the Middle Ages. It encompasses scholars from all continents to create an open and truly international platform for co-operation in the field of medieval research.
- CARMEN brings medievalists, scholars and outside specialists together to form international collaborative projects and research-related activities.
- CARMEN helps identify large-scale international research funds and grants, and helps research groups apply for such money.
- CARMEN helps instigate and co-ordinate the international networks behind research projects and facilitate communication
- CARMEN helps shape the research environment for medievalists by identifying funding opportunities (national, international, private) and new research trends.
- CARMEN regularly distributes information about funding and job openings for medievalists.
- Linking communities of medievalists across the globe
- Aligning and shaping scholarly interests and projects to connect with current and future public policy
- Fostering cross-faculty research with the natural sciences, social sciences and ICT (information and communication technologies)
- Supporting the internationalisation of early careers scholars.
CARMEN welcomes ideas for projects from every field of Medieval Studies. Some recent research projects fostered by CARMEN have addressed:
- Cultural interaction and diversity
- Cultural memory
- Religion and society
- The nature of health, well-being and welfare
- Representation of the past today and its function for modern group identity
- Basic research on medieval cultures
CARMEN supports projects which develop fundamental research and which address global challenges facing our societies today.
Go to CARMEN's website: http://www.carmen-medieval.net/