The primary purpose of this a network is to keep scholars and students working on the medieval (c. 800-1550 a.d.) history and culture of the region (“between the Baltic and the Adriatic”) informed of research projects, publications, meetings, queries, etc. It will consist of researchers from both the region and beyond, open to all interested persons. Joint research projects will be initiated and monitored, occasionally joint applications for funding composed. The Network is joining CARMEN thus establishing contacts with medievalists in general.
Further information can be found on the network’s interactive webpage: http://mecern.eu
All interested students and researchers are invited to join. On the webpage, under MEMBERS, new members can register with as much information on their person and work as they wish to make public. There members can search for scholars working on related subjects, time periods, etc. The NEWS & EVENTS and the BULLETINBOARD pages are open for contributions from any registered member. Also, bibliographies or any other material that members or their colleagues wish to share with others working on the subject, are welcome to be posted on RESEARCH RESOURCES (now containing two somewhat old, but still useful source bibliographies by former CEU Students, badly in need of updating – all welcome to do so!). Membership in MECERN is free, but the network needs contributions for the upkeep of its homepage and the projects. On this, see the information under DONATIONS.
Presently MECERN envisages two common projects. A short term and a long term one.
The short-term project –in the form of an essay competition – would aim at a critical and comparative analysis of the image presented in (secondary school) textbooks in the region about the history of the Middle Ages in our countries. Main interest would be the presentation of the attitudes to “ancient neighbors”, i. e., the image conveyed about the relationships between the peoples and countries of Central Europe in the Middle Ages. The competition will be open to academics, history teachers and university students. Details on the webpage under PROJECTS.
The long-term project is the edition of a research handbook on the Middle Ages in Central Europe. The purpose of such a Research Companion would be to assist medievalists mainly from outside the region to find resources and up-to-date research results about medieval (i.e. ca. 800-c. 1550 ad) Central Europe (“from the Baltic to the Adriatic”). For details, see the webpage under PROJECTS.