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CARMEN lettre du 8 novembre 2014

Dear colleagues and friends of CARMEN,

please, let me draw your attention to the following information and positions, divided in sections on CARMEN-generated information, grants and job vacancies, and finally the MA news on CARMEN and EU research policy.

Yours sincerely

Katerina Hornickova

1. CARMEN Annual Meeting 2014

a/ CARMEN Annual Meeting took place on 12-3th September in The Centre for Environmental History and Policy at the University of Stirling, Scotland, just 4 days before the historical NO vote. The overall topic was Heritages, pointing to the pluralist perspectives on the term.

Report from the meeting will be available on the CARMEN website.

Next year Annual Meeting will take place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 11-13th of September, 2015, with the overarching topic of Memory and Identity.

b/ Upon receiving the news that the National Endowment for the Humanities in the US is intending no longer to fund oversees programs CARMEN joined the Medieval Academy and other organisation in expressing dismay - see information attached.

c/ Petition to preserve funding for Belgian Federal Scientific Institutions

Last week my colleagues Brams Caers (UAntwerpen), Johan Oosterman (RUNijmegen), Frank Willaert (UAntwerpen) and Ingrid Falque (UCLouvain-La-Neuve) put a petition online to ask attention for the drastic cut backs which the new Belgian government wants to impose on the Federal Scientific Institutions, including those preserving important collections such as the Royal Library, the Royal Museum for Art and History, the Royal Museum for Fine Arts and the Royal Archive. Those of you who care about these institutions and the humanities in general, please sign this petition. On behalf of Bram Caers, and JItske Jasperse, the organisers of the petition : thanks a million for your support.

petition here

d/ CARMEN assists with publishing The Medieval Globe

CARMEN established a publishing arm with the particular aim of developing its mission of expanding medieval studies worldwide, and publishing the types of research supported by CARMEN. It has a niche in "global medieval studies" and the first publication is in a journal series entitled "The Medieval Globe". The first issue is unfortunately timely, with the current fear of pandemics : PANDEMIC DISEASE IN THE MEDIEVAL WORLD : Rethinking the Black Death, Edited by Monica H. Green.

It is a ground-breaking publication, dealing with the Black Death from a global perspective and incorporating cutting-edge research by medical historians and epidemiologists. This first issue is available Open Access, as an inaugural double issue of The Medieval Globe journal, and as a standalone "book" (for which see the attached leaflet).

2. Grants

a/ HERA call is out - see also CARMEN pre-matchmaking initiative on CARMEN facebook. Join us in developing projects for HERA : Humanities in the European Research Area
HERA Matchmaking Event "Uses of the Past"

The HERA (“Humanities in the European Research Area”) Network invites researchers to apply for the participation in the “Uses of the Past – Matchmaking Event” taking place in Tallinn on 29 January 2015.

The aim of the Matchmaking Event is to present the Call for transnational humanities-led research proposals under the theme “Uses of the Past” to be formally announced in January 2015 and to facilitate the building of international research partnerships. With up to €23 million available, the research programme will fund new and exciting Humanities-centred projects on "Uses of the Past" involving researchers from four* or more countries.

The deadline to register your interest in attending the Matchmaking Event is 5 November 2014, 14:00 CET (Central European Time). Eligible scholars are senior and early career researchers based in the following participating countries : Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.

To attend the Matchmaking event, scholars must submit a project idea fitting with the Uses of the Past theme via the application form (click "Register" button on the right side menu). The project idea will then be evaluated by the HERA JRP UP Board members. The travel costs of the invited applicants can be reimbursed up to EUR 350. Further information on the application process can be found here

In case of questions concerning the call and the Matchmaking event please contact the HERA JRP UP Handling Agency at NWO or your National Contact Point for HERA JRP "Uses of the Past". Their contact details and a link to the FAQ document can be found under the Questions tab above.

Dates for your agenda

Deadlines Tasks : 5 November 2014

Deadline for applications : Early December 2014

Decisions are communicated to the applicants : 29 January 2015, Tallinn

Matchmaking Event (optional dinner 28 January)

Note that applicants that do not get invited to the Matchmaking Event still can apply in the HERA JRP UP call and so can researchers who have not submitted an Expression of Interestin participating in the HERA Matchmaking Event !!

b/ Swenson Family Fellowships in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies for Junior Scholars, HMML

The Swenson Family Fellowship in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies, established in 2012, will be awarded semi-annually. The Fellowship was established by Dr. Gregory T. and Jeannette Swenson, with their son Nicholas Swenson.

The purpose of the Fellowship is to support residencies at HMML for graduate students or postdoctoral scholars with demonstrated expertise in the languages and cultures of Eastern Christianity. Awardees must be undertaking research on some aspect of Eastern Christian studies requiring use of the digital or microfilm manuscript collections at HMML. The program is specifically designed to aid new scholars in establishing themselves through research focused on manuscripts available through HMML. Postdoctoral scholars are understood to be those who at the time of application are within three years of being awarded a doctoral degree.

Awards will range from $2,500 - $5,000, based on project proposal and length of residency (two to six weeks). Funds may be applied toward travel to and from Collegeville, housing and meals at Saint John’s University, and costs related to duplication of HMML’s microfilm or digital resources. The Fellowship may be supplemented by other sources of funding but may not be held simultaneously with another HMML fellowship. Holders of the Fellowship must wait at least two years before applying again. At its discretion, HMML may choose to award more than one fellowship per cycle.

Applications must be submitted by November 15 for residencies between January and June of the following year.

c/ Heckman Stipends, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library

Heckman Stipends, made possible by the A.A. Heckman Endowed Fund, are awarded semi-annually. Up to 10 stipends in amounts up to $2,000 are available each year. Funds may be applied toward travel to and from Collegeville, housing and meals at Saint John’s University, and costs related to duplication of HMML’s microfilm or digital resources. The Stipend may be supplemented by other sources of funding but may not be held simultaneously with another HMML Stipend or Fellowship. Holders of the Stipend must wait at least two years before applying again.

The program is specifically intended to help scholars who have not yet established themselves professionally and whose research cannot progress satisfactorily without consulting materials to be found in the collections of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.

Applications must be submitted by November 15 for residencies between January and June of the following year.

d/ Stip : Reisekostenstip. (Deutsch-Tschechische und
Deutsch-Slowakische Historikerkommission)

Deutsch-Tschechische und Deutsch-Slowakische Historikerkommission,

Die deutsche Sektion der Deutsch-Tschechischen und Deutsch-Slowakischen
Historikerkommission vergibt aus Mitteln des DAAD und einer privaten
Schenkung Reisekostenstipendien an junge Wissenschaftler (Höchstalter 35
Jahre) für Forschungsaufenthalte von bis zu zwei Monaten. Diese
Stipendien sollen Studien in Archiven und Bibliotheken ermöglichen, die
für Qualifikationsarbeiten (Diplom-, Magister-/Master- und
Doktorarbeiten) und für wissenschaftliche Aufsätze zu Themen der
tschechischen und slowakischen Geschichte sowie der
deutsch-tschechisch-slowakischen Beziehungen erforderlich sind. Für das
Jahr 2014 stehen noch Mittel zur Verfügung.

Weitere Informationen unter
Anträge (tabellarischer Lebenslauf, Projektskizze, Erklärung, ob das
Forschungsvorhaben von einer anderen Stelle finanziell gefördert wird)
bitte an die :

Deutsch-Tschechische und Deutsch-Slowakische Historikerkommission
Deutsche Sektion,
Wissenschaftliches Sekretariat
Monika Heinemann
Collegium Carolinum
Hochstraße 8
81669 München
Monika Heinemann

3. Positions

a/ ARC Centre of Excellence for the HIstory of Emotions is recruiting :
1. The University of Western Australia is currently advertising for a new Director for the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800). Please find attached a copy of the advertisement, as well as the Information for Candidates brochure.

2. two ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions postdoctoral research fellow positions, to be based at The University of Western Australia, currently being advertised.

The links to the position advertisements are :

Research Associate – Literature and Culture of War, Conflict and Violence

Contact : Prof Andrew Lynch

Research Associate – Passions for Learning

Contact : Prof Yasmin Haskell

(Applications for both positions close on Friday 24th October 2014)

This information is also available on the CHE website

3. For two partner project Conversions in Early Modern Europe calls for positions, see attached. attache dis also a call for participation in a workshop.

4. News from Medieval Academy on CARMEN


Bünting clover-leaf map. A woodcut made in 1581 in Magdeburg.

Speculum editor Sarah Spence submitted this report following her attendance at the annual meeting of CARMEN

On September 12-13, just a week before the independence vote in Scotland, this year’s meeting of CARMEN : the Worldwide Medieval Network, took place at the University of Stirling (Forth Valley College). The theme of "Heritage" loosely connected all sessions (tying in well with the surrounding debate about Scotland’s future), and the two days of the conference began with a welcome from faculty and administrators at Stirling, together with the director of CARMEN, Simon Forde. The first session covered the contribution of Digital Humanities in understanding the past, both in approaching manuscripts and the medieval heritage of the modern city ; this was followed by a roundtable discussion of approaches to heritage, broadly understood. The second day began with a CARMEN planning meeting, followed by an overview of application and funding opportunities, mostly for EU members. The session on Scottish national heritages that followed was particularly pertinent, as was the description of the uses and abuses of history in the renovation of the local Bannockburn castle. The Market Place, which showcased a dozen and a half medieval collaborative projects, from the National Association for Portuguese Medieval Studies to The Medieval Academy and the Lisbon History Center of the Faculty of Letters, led to lively interchange over lunch, with members comparing notes about their various organizations. Workshops on prospective projects took place in the afternoon, and participants met for dinner in small and large groups. Both the weather and the setting were perfect for the meeting, and many of the conversations took place on the banks of the River Forth, with its swans and otters. An optional bus tour of local attractions was available for any participants still in Stirling Sunday morning. Next year’s meeting will be held in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

b/ Press Release

October 10, 2014

The new European Parliament faces its first test : undo cuts in Research and Innovation by Council of Ministers

The rhetoric has been there all the while : the European Union will invest in research and innovation because, next to investments in infrastructure such as the trans-European networks, this is the best way to ensure medium- and long-term growth and jobs. Alas, in practice every year the story is also the same. When it comes to establishing the budget for the year ahead, the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) does not count anymore, and especially major payment cuts are proposed by the Council of Ministers (CoM) in the budget for what is called Heading 1A, Competitiveness for growth and jobs, of which Horizon 2020 is the biggest part.

A perverse mechanism is at work. The EU budget consists of a budget for commitments, and one for payments. If the first one is higher than the second one, and you enter into legally binding financial commitments, you build up a backlog in payments due. That has been happening in research and innovation year after year.

Look at the figures.

For Heading 1A the MFF foresees for 2015 17.7 billion in current € in commitments. The CoM proposes 17.1 billion in commitments and 14.2 billion in payments. The latter figure is not only 10% less than in 2014, but mind the gap between commitments and payments. If the Commission commits all it is legally entitled to, a considerable part of the payments will have to be made from the budget of 2016, and so on and so on. One consequence is that pre-financing for Horizon 2020 projects is now down to 35% from 60% in FP7. It is a cynical way of cutting budgets without saying so.

The member states, for sure, do take care of their own vested interests. For the Structural Funds, the MFF foresees 49.1 billion in commitments ; the CoM proposes 49.2 billion in commitments and 51.4 billion in payments. Likewise for Agriculture : the CoM proposes 43.9 billion in commitments (very similar to the MFF) and 43.8 billion in payments. After all, the countries are entitled to their money, aren’t they ? The message to research organisations and companies which have to deliver on the politicians’ promises on growth and jobs is clear : of course, some animals are more equal than others.

The European Parliament is set to take a firm view : no cuts. EuroScience hopes it will stick to this in its vote on the 22nd of October. And if the conciliation procedure between Council and Parliament in trilogue with the Commission does not lead to redressing the cuts, let the clash come. The credibility of the European Union with its citizens is at stake, not because of the Commission, but because of member states not making good on their promises.

_Lauritz Holm-Nielsen


_Peter Tindemans

_Secretary General

c/ They have chosen ignorance - Open Letter

Scientists from different European countries describe in this letter that, despite marked heterogeneity in the situation of scientific research in their respective countries, there are strong similarities in the destructive policies being followed. This critical analysis, highlighted in Nature and simultaneously published in a number of newspapers (The Guardian, Le Monde, Le Soir, El Pais, La Reppublica, To Vima, Publico…) across Europe, is a wake-up call to policy makers to correct their course, and to researchers and citizens to defend the essential role of science in society.

This letter can be viewed and signed at this address

— Katerina Hornickova
General Secretary
The Worldwide Medieval Network

Saints’ Cults Project