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.
|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|
|Keywords||Visual cultures, material culture, global medieval studies, art history|
Jitske JasperseJitske 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 WilliamsElizabeth 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 DempseyKaren Dempsey’s work blends the theoretical perspectives of prehistoric, historic and anthropological archaeology as well as material culture and heritage studies. She is a medieval archaeologist who specialises in studies of castles. Currently, she is an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at National University of Ireland, Galway, her 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, she is interested in exploring everyday life from a gendered perspective. Her 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.
Dr. Gisela Coronado Schwindt
Gisela Coronado Schwindt holds a PhD in History. She is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina (CONICET, Spanish acronym). She currently teaches the subject Medieval General Universal History in the Department of History at Faculty of Humanities of the National University of Mar del Plata in Argentina (UNMdP, Spanish acronym). She is also a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for European Studies at said university. She is the co-director of the scientific journal Cuadernos Medievales (UNMdP) and secretary of the Foundation for the History of Spain (Argentina). She participates in international research projects (https://transferts.education/). Her publications and participation in academic meetings focus on issues related to the history of the senses and sound studies in the late medieval and early modern Hispanic environment.
Further information from: https://mdp.academia.edu/GiselaCoronado.