Network for Medieval Arts & Rituals (NetMAR)

We are an international, cross-disciplinary network dedicated to the study of medieval arts and rituals.

NetMAR brings together scholars, researchers, and students from different countries, backgrounds, institutions, and disciplines, all of whom are committed to academic excellence and to widening participation.

The network is made up of three major partners:

  1. University of Cyprus (UCY) and its newly-created Centre for Medieval Arts & Rituals (CeMAR)
  2. Centre for Medieval Literature (CML) at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
  3. the Centre for Medieval Studies (ZeMas) at the University of Bamberg (UNI BA)


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement No 951875.

January 25, 2023
Invitation to the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ZeMas UNI BA on February 8, 2023
NetMAR partner the Centre for Medieval Studies (ZeMas) at the University of Bamberg celebrates its 25 years. See here the programme of the celebration day. Welcome […]
January 5, 2023
Literary history in a Medieval Eurasian environment: Methodological and interpretive approaches
NetMAR Coordinator Stavroula Constantinou will be presenting at the International Symposium Literary History in a Medieval Eurasian Environment: Methodological and Interpretive Approaches Johannes Gutenberg University of […]
December 30, 2022
Of Mumblings and Carvings: How magical is the Old High German Word rûna (‘rune’) and its Derivations?

By Dr Aletta Leipold, Saxon Academy of Science and Humanities

The Old High German noun rûna does not denote a character, as one might erroneously assume based on the meaning of the German word Rune. The majority of words connected to rûna, rûnên and related derivates and compounds pertain to the semantic field of words such as ‘whisper’, ‘whispering’, ‘murmur’, and ‘murmuring’. This semantic range, associated with orality, was further expanded to include meanings related to ‘sorcery’ and ‘secret’. How much magic is in these Old High German words and what may we learn from them about medieval concepts of magic?
December 12, 2022
NetMAR Coordinator Stavroula Constantinou presents on the Sixth International Byzantine Seminar Lecture Series (2022) “Realism in Hagiography”
Sixth International Byzantine Seminar Lecture Series (2022) “Realism in Hagiography”   at the Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations (IHAC), Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China […]
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