The journal Networks and Neighbours (N&N) is a voice of the larger project of scholars by the same name. The project sponsors conference panels and runs masterclasses, lectures and other events, including our annual symposium rotating biannually between the University of Leeds and select sites around the globe. This international, or rather post-national, and also extra-institutional, intellectual spirit is embodied in the journal N&N. To this end we invite, in addition to original research articles and book reviews in a diversity of languages, reports from conferences and other related early medieval research activities worldwide.
The editorial board of N&N consists of established leaders in the field as well as emerging young scholars working in early medieval studies. The methodologies, styles, chosen historiographies, historical representations and theses of the board members complement each other in various ways and provide emulative models of historical research and authorship. They also represent though the firm, critical and confrontational interrogations needed to advance early medieval scholarship in radical directions and towards truly alternative ways of thinking and emerging the early medieval past. N&N is in close dialogue with other previous and current, related academic projects such as the Transformation of the Roman World, Texts and Identities and HERA: Cultural Memory and Resources of the Past.
N&N provides immediate and permanent open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. We are, and will always be, 100% free to publish in, free to read online, and free to share. For more information on our Open Access policy click here.
Vol. 2.1: Comparisons and Correlations
The latest issue of Networks and Neighbours, ‘Comparisons and Correlations’, is now online. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to this issue.
Call for Papers N&N Vol. 2.2: Cultural Capital
The July 2014 issue of Networks and Neighbours will be dedicated to exploring the concept of ‘Cultural Capital’ as an idea, philosophy, and method of doing early medieval history.
Since the idea was first proposed by Pierre Bourdieu and Jean-Claude Passeron, ‘Cultural Capital’ has broadened the way researchers of the modern world consider the meanings of ‘wealth’, ‘power’ and their relationship to real ‘capital’. The idea is no less relevant to the study of the Early Middle Ages. For this issue, we are seeking papers which investigate the literature and material goods of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages; the polemics and the paintings, the buildings, coins, jewelry, topoi, prejudices, languages, dress, songs, and hairstyles that framed the early medieval world(s), and consider them in terms of ‘Cultural Capital’.
For example, what relation did Charlemagne’s moustache, his penchant for Augustine, and an elephant called Abul-Abbas have to his success as emperor? How did Rome become so central to the European imagination, even as its military and economic relevance waned? What role, if any, do Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages have in both the modern ‘European’ debate and the question of Scottish independence? Other issues to consider include: what constituted Cultural Capital in the Early Middle Ages, and why does it matter? Who created, exchanged, brokered, and consumed Cultural Capital? How did it translate into economic, symbolic, and social capital? And was Cultural Capital a force for social change, or inertia?
These are not meant to be prescriptive suggestions, and we welcome submissions which question, develop, or reject altogether Bourdieu’s approach. We also welcome submissions on any other aspect of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, which fit the overall notion of Networks and Neighbours.
Prospective articles should be in the range of 5,000-8,000 words (excluding footnotes), prepared for blind review, and accompanied by an abstract of approximately 250 words. Abstracts for proposed articles should be received by 31st March 2014, with full papers to be submitted by 30th April 2014. We also warmly welcome book reviews as well as reports from conferences, exhibitions, masterclasses and other relevant events.
Further guidelines for formatting and online submission can be found at: networksandneighbours.org.
As always, Networks and Neighbours will accept articles in any modern language, although an English abstract is required for all submissions.
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Call for Papers N&N Vol. 3.1: Migrations
The movement of people(s), things and ideas have long been integral part of discussions of the Early Middle Ages. In January 2015 we will consider Early Medieval migration in both an empirical and a theoretical sense, considering the movement of people(s) and goods alongside migrating epistemologies, intellectual traditions, scholarly/educative traditions, rituals and practices. Abstracts for proposed articles should be sent by 31st August 2014, with full papers to be submitted by 30th September 2014.
Vol 2, No 1 (2014): Comparisons and Correlations
Reading beyond borders is, in theory, a methodology admired by early medieval scholars and considered when performing research, but to what extent, we ask, is comparative history a reality in early medieval scholarship? Furthermore, should we pursue this line of thinking, reading, writing and teaching? What are the potential benefits structurally? What new historical representations will emerge from a sustained, earnest attempt at comparing the physical artifacts, mental archaeology and socio-/geo-graphical landscapes of early medieval minds, places, connections and/or neighbourhoods?
As a way to engage these questions the editors are seeking a broad scope of papers that deal individually, critically with localized situations. When ascribed within our framework of questions, we believe, these will provide important reflective sites and positions for further research in this direction, as we continue to explore how immediate and near realities performed in the functioning of wider topographies…and in fact if they ever really did or if we’ve taken on too much of the cheese and the worms.
Table of Contents
|A Comparative Analysis of Early Medieval North-West Slavonic and West Baltic Sacred Landscapes: An Introduction to the Problems|
|Slawomir Wadyl, Pawel Szczepanik||1-21|
|Wondering about Comparison: Enclaves of Learning in Medieval Europe and South Arabia – Prolegomena to an Intercultural Comparative Research Project|
|Rutger Kramer, Eirik Hovden||22-49|
|Lords of the North Sea: A Comparative Study of Aristocratic Territory in the North Sea World in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries|
|Anglo-Danish Connections and the Organisation of the Early Danish Church: Contribution to a Debate|
|Marie Bønløkke Spejlborg||78-95|
|Dracontius and the Wider World: Cultural and Intellectual Interconnectedness in Late Fifth-Century Vandal North Africa|
|Mark Lewis Tizzoni||96-117|
|Book Review: Hyun Jin Kim, The Huns, Rome, and the Birth of Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2013)|
|Book Review: Nicholas J. Higham and Martin J. Ryan, The Anglo-Saxon World (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2013)|
|Book Review: Maddalena Betti, The Making of Christian Moravia (858-882): Papal Power and Political Reality (Leiden: Brill, 2014)|
|Book Review: Leslie Lockett, Anglo-Saxon Psychologies in the Vernacular and Latin Traditions (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011)|
|Book Review: Damien Kempf (ed. & trans.), Paul the Deacon: Liber de episcopis Mettensibus, Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations 19 (Leuven: Peeters, 2013)|
|Conference Report: Senses of the Empire: Multisensory Approaches to Roman Culture|
|Conference Report: Indigenous Ideas and Foreign Influences - Interactions among Oral and Literary, Latin and Vernacular Cultures in Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe|
|Conference Report: Late Literature in the Sixth Century, East and West|
|Hope Deejune Williard||173-184|
|Bulletin: Network for the Study of Caroline Minuscule|
|Interview with James Palmer|
|Richard Broome, Tim Barnwell||188-197|