MEMO aims to encourage its readers to pay attention to, reflect on, and engage in discussion about material objects. A book – open, its pages have been leafed through and shown to others, its content discussed and debated, replete with notes, comments, and bookmarks. A book such as that has a referential character for us on many levels. It illustrates the open character of MEMO as a publication hub for research on the material culture of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period. It points to its openness to a multiplicity of methods and diversity of discussion; to its interdisciplinary approach, that is, its openness across disciplinary boundaries; to the commitment to make its content available not only to a scientific audience but to all interested readers; and not least to its conceptual form as an open access journal. MEMO provides unrestricted access to its content free of charge, in line with the basic assumption that the open public availability of research will benefit global knowledge sharing.
As a scientific journal focusing on the material culture of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period, MEMO invites readers to reflect on objects: their production, their use, their usefulness, and their significance. Taking a closer look at objects involves incorporating their stories as well as the stories about them, their materiality and interconnectedness in socio-cultural contexts into the narratives of historically engaged scientific disciplines.