Call for Workshop Submissions: The annual CARMEN online meeting (1-2 September 2020), deadline 31 July 2020

The annual CARMEN open meeting brings together scholars and professionals from across the world in participatory and interactive formats: project development workshops; training and networking; the ‘Forum’ showcase for projects, institutions and research centres; and, just as importantly, opportunities for socializing.

This year’s annual meeting, originally planned to take place in Dublin at Trinity College on 1-2 September 2020, will do all of these things; due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, it will do them online! We are introducing a series of virtual-friendly modifications to the CARMEN formats you are familiar with (or want to familiarize yourself with), and will be welcoming your input on how we can improve this format for a possible hybrid future, enabling people to participate in CARMEN’s international networks in new ways.

The CARMEN annual meeting always has a thematic strand: this year’s is Environment. A Plenary Round Table will take place during the meeting and will be accompanied on Twitter. We now invite proposals for the workshops which will take place on both days between 2 and 4 pm GMT +1 in webinar format. The organiser of the workshop will be responsible for online hosting, and will provide a link together with a short description; registration will be necessary. The one-hour workshops will have a break to start or boost twitter exchanges.

Workshops are interactive sessions which facilitate development of new projects and partnerships. Workshop sessions should take about 60 minutes and can present a project, or project idea, at any stage of development. Workshops are most successful when the convenor has a clear aim for the session and a plan for fostering discussion, and when the theme has cross-disciplinary reach. They are a valuable way to make links and find new collaborators, and can be on any topic (not limited to the thematic strand).

Proposals for workshops in 2020 including a theme and an abstract of about half a page as well as information on the video conference tool of choice should be sent to by July 31st the latest. Workshops will be scheduled in the CARMEN meeting programme and publicised as part of the event. The links to the fixed-time (synchronous) meetings (plenary, workshops) and if applicable the registration tool will be provided on Eventbrite.

We will also host the annual Forum, in virtual format — an opportunity for any medievalist to facilitate outreach, connection and communication between individuals, organisations and projects by presenting their new or planned books, projects, centers. The Forum will take place on Twitter throughout the meeting and will run asynchronously. We will list all projects that are sent to by July 31 st the latest; ideally you will already have a twitter presentation.

Please spread the word and join us via Eventbrite and Twitter. CARMEN relies on your worldwide participation! You can follow our hashtag at #CARMEN_20.

Buy a ticket now for further information and communication as the timetable takes shape.

Get your tickets here.


Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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