Welcome to the virtual home of the Network for Medieval Arts & Rituals (NetMAR).

NetMAR is an EU-funded international, cross-disciplinary network dedicated to the study of medieval arts and rituals. The network brings together scholars, researchers, and students from different countries, institutions, and disciplines and reaches out to various stakeholders.

The network is made up of three major partners:

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

NetMAR is funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no. 951875). The duration of the project is three years: from 01.01.2021 through to 31.12.23.

The implementation of the programme will substantially contribute to the strengthening and further promotion of the already internationally-prestigious Byzantine and Western Medieval Studies at the University of Cyprus. At the same time, it will play an important role in the preservation and dissemination of the rich Cypriot medieval heritage.


NetMAR will examine interactions and crossovers between medieval arts – visual, speech, and representation – and rituals.

In addition, researchers attached to the network will actively participate in Cypriot cultural events and will offer educational and training programmes to students, researchers, professionals in education, culture and in the tourism and hospitality industry, as well as, of course, to the general public.

Through facilitating and fostering collaboration between three different institutions, and through engaging several different partners and stakeholders, NetMAR offers new and exciting ways to approach, understand, and make use of concepts and ideas of ritual, ritualisation, and performance.