Recognising that medieval arts and rituals presuppose each other, CeMAR aims to break new ground by addressing their intersections. Given the importance of Cyprus within both the Byzantine and Western medieval worlds, the Centre studies Western medieval arts and rituals at the nexus where they coexisted and interacted with their Byzantine counterparts.

CeMAR starts from the premise that medieval arts cannot be sufficiently or productively understood unless they are examined together and in relation to rituals; and that rituals are better comprehended within the framework of their associated arts. By using the concepts of “ritual”, “ritualisation” and “performance” CeMAR brings all types of medieval arts under one roof. Such a holistic approach constitutes a desideratum for Medieval Studies, as it contributes towards a better understanding of the workings of medieval cultures and it reveals aspects that could not otherwise be seen. At the same time, it allows modern European societies to come to terms with their medieval heritage.

CeMAR’s main objectives are the following:

  • to produce high-impact publications;
  • to provide relevant electronic publications for non-academic audiences;
  • to upgrade research management and project administration in Cyprus;
  • to support its Early-Stage Researchers and promote their career by taking into consideration gender equality;
  • to offer training to interested stakeholders;
  • to promote cultural links;
  • to protect Cypriot and European cultural heritage.