Boletín CARMEN mayo 2013

Adjuntamos información de CARMEN de mayo de 2013.


As announced in the previous CARMEN Circular, CARMEN’s next Annual Meeting will take place in The António de Almeida Foundation in Porto, Portugal, on 13-15 September 2013. It will be kindly hosted by CEPESE – Centro de Estudios da Populacao, Economia e Sociedade. Find the meeting’s programme and practical information about accommodation and getting to the meeting in the attachment. We hope to meet many of CARMEN members at the meeting. The meeting’s overall theme is «The Impact in the Humanities». And the wonderful location close to the Portuguese seashore makes the focus on the world beyond Europe only natural.
See our CARMEN website for details.
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CARMEN’S Director, Simon Forde, attended the annual CARA luncheon during the Kalamazoo congress at Western Michigan University, 9-12 May 2013. He reported on CARMEN’s activities to representatives of North American university centres for medieval studies and regional associations. CARMEN’S Academic Director, Gerhard Jaritz, participated in the session reporting on the ESF Eurocorecode Project on saint’s cults which was developed with CARMEN’s support. Many centres or individuals affiliated with CARMEN were present among the 3011 registered participants.

The theme of globalization is an increasingly hot topic in North American medieval circles, and the University of Birmingham’s Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages (CeSMA) organised a well attended and thought-provoking round table on the topic, particularly from the theoretical angle, and particularly through incorporating medieval sub-Saharan Africa into the dialogue. The first plenary, by Peregrine Horden (Royal Holloway University of London), also developed this theme. A number of sessions on the medieval Islamic world, and medieval India and China also took place. As a result, CARMEN hopes now to be able to bring into contact with scholars working on medieval Europe several major, specialist centres in St Petersburg, Paris and elsewhere who work on the medieval period in other continents.

2. Grants
a/ Swiss Cooperation Grants with Eastern Europe (see attached SCOPES)
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b/ See the latest calls published by the European Commission in order to encourage postdoc researchers for intra- and extra-European mobility to pursue individual research projects at the premises of a different research site (university, research institute, non-profit organization, etc.) than the current one. Short summary of the calls see below.

Deadline for application: August 14, 2013.


Are you an experienced researcher looking for a postdoctoral fellowship? Submit your grant application for the IEF scheme and gain the opportunity to acquire new research skills or to work in other sectors. The fellowship is designed for researchers willing to develop their career in Europe outside their home country. Applying for an IEF is a good move to broaden your horizons and improve your career prospects.

Researchers based in EU Member States or Associated Countries can apply for an IEF. You must have either a doctoral degree or at least 4 years’ full-time research experience, after obtaining a degree permitting you to embark on a doctorate. Generally, you must carry out the project on the premises of a host organisation in an EU or Associated Country other than your own. Special consideration is also given to those returning to a research career after a break.

This action aims at supporting experienced researchers of any nationality at various stages of their career, helping them in acquiring new skills (multi or interdisciplinary) and/or to undertake inter-sectoral experiences within EU member states and associated countries. New element in the last two years is the Career Restart Panel which may assist researchers to resume a career in research after a break. Proposals are submitted jointly by the host organization and the individual experienced researcher. Research fields are chosen freely by the applicants in a ‘bottom-up’ manner. Financial support will be provided to the selected proposals, for a period of 12 to 24 months full-time equivalent. Funding is provided for advanced training (including complementary skills) and trans-national mobility, on the basis of the «personal career development plan» established by the experienced researcher with her/his personal supervisor in the host organization.

For more information please see:


Top-class researchers from Third Countries are welcome to work on projects in Europe. This helps to develop research cooperation between Europe and other parts of the world – to everybody’s benefit. International Incoming Fellowships (IIFs) are a Marie Curie Action specially designed to encourage these moves.0

Researchers moving from Third Countries to EU Member States or Associated Countries are eligible for an IIF. To apply, you must have either a doctoral degree or at least 4 years’ full-time research experience, after obtaining a degree permitting you to embark on a doctorate. But that is the minimum. The more experience you have, the better will be your chances of being accepted for this action.

Your application for an IIF should be made in liaison with the organisation or institution that would be willing to host you in Europe. Host organisations can be universities, research centres or companies.

This action aims to attract top-class experienced researchers from third countries (fulfilling the eligibility criteria) to work and undertake research and transfer of knowledge in Europe for 1 to 2 years (incoming phase), with a view to developing mutually-beneficial research co-operation. If before the incoming phase, the experienced researcher has been active in one of the International Cooperation Partner Countries – ICPC (Annex 1 of 2013 Work Programme), a possibility is provided to assist the experienced researcher to return to this country, thus contributing to establish sustainable cooperation between these countries and European research organizations. The duration of the return phase is one year. Research fields are chosen freely by the applicants in a ‘bottom-up’ manner. Proposals are submitted jointly by the host organization and the individual experienced researcher, within the specified deadlines (if applicable and allowed, with a return host organizations in an ICPC Third Country).

For more information please see:


Are you looking for funding to carry out your research abroad? You may consider applying for IOF, an international fellowship for experienced European scientists to gain new skills and expertise while conducting high-level research in a country outside Europe. The knowledge that you will acquire in a third country will then be brought back and used in Europe, with an additional funding upon your return.

IOFs are for researchers from EU Member States and Associated Countries. To apply, you must have either a doctoral degree or at least 4 years’ full-time equivalent research experience, after obtaining a degree permitting you to embark on a doctorate. But more experience is welcomed, it will not affect your chances of obtaining an IOF.

This action aims to reinforce the international dimension of the career of European experienced researchers by giving them the opportunity to be trained and acquire new knowledge in a Third Country high-level research organization. Subsequently, these experienced researchers will return with the acquired knowledge and experience to an organization in a Member State or Associated Country. Experienced researchers for this action who are nationals of a Member State or Associated Country fulfilling the eligibility criteria can apply. Research fields are chosen freely by the applicants in a ‘bottom-up’ manner. Proposals are submitted jointly by the return host organization and the individual experienced researcher within the specified deadlines. Financial support will be provided to the selected proposal, for a period of up to 36 months full-time equivalent, including an initial outgoing phase (between 12 and 24 months,) in a third country and a mandatory return phase (12 months) in a European Union Member State or Associated Country.

For more information please see:

3. Jobs
a/ Medievalists with Archaeology interests should consult the BAJR website – UK Archaeology Site with latest jobs, news and resources, forum and library, hosted by the British Archaeological Jobs Resource BAJR.

b/ Doctoral and Postdoctoral Announcements – RESMED: three positions
The Research Center «Religions and Societies in the Mediterranean world» (RESMED), a laboratory of excellence attached to Sorbonne University, is offering (2) three-year doctoral grants and (2) one-year postdoctoral positions starting in September 2013.

You are invited to apply should your research projects fit into RESMED’s scientific program, which is organized around three themes: 1. Religions, places/premises and conflicts; 2. Religion and reason: Tradition and Innovation; 3. Religions and social practices.
You may see the call for application here:
Deadline for submission: 20 May 2013 at 12 pm.

c/ 6 positions in the University of Mainz – Early Concepts of Man and Nature: Universal, Local, Borrowed (see attached)
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4. Other information

a/ Winter School in Lleida, Spain
The Consolidated Research Group in Medieval Studies
“Space, Power and Culture” of Lleida University
and the Centre for Medieval Studies of the University
of Murcia are organizing the first “Winter School” on
“Researching the Middle Ages” on 10 and 11 February 2014.
This event is aimed at young researchers and seeks to
provide them with the foundations for carrying out
high-quality research in the medieval past (History,
Art History, Languages and Literature).
You can participate and present your current research at the same time.

For further information, see

b/ Bologna University Greek and Latin Summer School (24th June – 12th July 2013)

The Department of Classics and Italian studies ( of Bologna University offers an intensive three week Greek and Latin Summer School.

The school offers courses in Latin (beginners and intermediate) and in Greek (beginners) and the possibility of combining two courses (Latin & Greek) at a special rate.

The courses will be held in Bologna from 24th June to 12th July 2013 and are open to students (undergraduate and post-graduate) and non-students alike. Participants must be aged 18 or over.

The teaching will be focused mainly on Greek and/or Latin language with additional classes on Classical literature; further classes will touch on moments of classical history and history of art, supplemented by visits to museums and archaeological sites (in Bologna and Rome).

All teaching and activities will be in English.

For further information and application forms please visit:


c/ New WorldNun Audio Services

WorldNun has been asked to provide a new service that will help prepare you for public speaking. Talking to an audience is difficult and even more so when you have to present in a language that is not your own. WordNun can now record your conference paper, or speech, in English and send it to you as an audio file so that you can hear a native English speaker read your work aloud. You can then use the recording as an audio guide which will make you feel more confident speaking the English language to a specialist audience.

For more information visit WordNun:

And in Spanish:

d/ A call to help the cathedral in Mren in Eastern Turkey

The cathedral of Mren is now in danger of collapse. Constructed in c. 638, Mren is a masterpiece of world art and a product of the “Golden Age” of Armenian architecture. Bearing an inscription naming the Roman emperor Heraclius, and a unique sculpted relief image of Heraclius returning the True Cross to Jerusalem, Mren preserves precious material evidence for one of the most dramatic and yet poorly-documented moments in history. It is also the largest domed basilica surviving from the region, and a key example of the architectural achievements of the seventh century. But Mren may not be standing for much longer. Photographs from the 1990s to the first decade of the twenty-first century show the progressive collapse of the south façade. Now the entire south aisle is in rubble on the ground, severely compromising the domed superstructure of the monument and opening the interior and its wall painting to the elements. The prospect of stabilizing what is left is at present doubtful, however, because of Mren’s position within a military zone in eastern Turkey (Kars province) next to the closed Armenian-Turkish border. Visiting the site is forbidden. Please raise awareness of the precarious condition of this precious monument. Mren has stood for over a millennium, bearing world history on its walls. Its collapse would represent a tragic loss to human knowledge.

Christina Maranci
Arthur H. Dadian and Ara T. Oztemel Associate Professor of Armenian Art
Department of Art History
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

e/ Semaines d’etudes medievales in CESCM Poitiers

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