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CARMEN Market Place Takes On a New Format

At the CARMEN Annual Meeting in Budapest in September 2012,  the Project Market Place took on a new format. The CARMEN Annual Meeting 2012 included a Market Place Project Presentation part on  Saturday morning and a Project Planning Group Meetings in the afternoon.

Market Place
The aim of the Market Place is to enable projects, in any stage of development, to find partners. Each participant in the Market Place is provided with a stall, where they can display posters, leaflets or a PowerPoint presentation and discuss their project. Participants are also welcome to bring information about projects led by other colleagues.

After the Market Place there were informal and formal opportunities for further discussion (see below Group Meetings).

Group Meetings
The aim of these meetings is to stimulate intellectual discussion among CARMEN members. The outcomes may be various, ranging from the exchange of ideas, to ties made between individual scholars, to establishing the beginnings of networks, to the identification of areas for funded projects.
In 2012, we have identified six initial topics, which met in two sessions on the Saturday afternoon (8 September):

Session 1 (14:00-15:30)
Investing in a European Past in the Globalized World (moderated by Felicitas Schmieder)
Looking Beyond the Horizons of Medieval Courts (Jitske Jasperse)
Nature (Gerhard Jaritz)

Session 2 (16:00-17:30)

Cities (Pam King)
Cultural Encounters (Kateřina Horníčková)
The Languages of Medieval Europe: Interactions across the Spoken and Written Word (Elizabeth Tyler)

Anyone attending the Annual Meeting could join in any group. In the future meetings, any member of CARMEN is invited to organize a meeting on whichever topic by sending a brief description to the meeting organisers, who add the group meeting to the program. We also provide space to any group arising from the morning Market Place presentations.
There is also plenty of opportunities during the Annual Meeting for informal discussion.