Networks and Neighbours

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.

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ISSN: 2372-4889

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.

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Table of Contents

Invited Papers

A Comparative Analysis of Early Medieval North-West Slavonic and West Baltic Sacred Landscapes: An Introduction to the Problems PDF
Slawomir Wadyl, Pawel Szczepanik 1-19


Wondering about Comparison: Enclaves of Learning in Medieval Europe and South Arabia – Prolegomena to an Intercultural Comparative Research Project PDF
Rutger Kramer, Eirik Hovden 20-45
Lords of the North Sea: A Comparative Study of Aristocratic Territory in the North Sea World in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries PDF
Anthony Mansfield 46-70
Anglo-Danish Connections and the Organisation of the Early Danish Church: Contribution to a Debate PDF
Marie Bønløkke Spejlborg 71-86
Dracontius and the Wider World: Cultural and Intellectual Interconnectedness in Late Fifth-Century Vandal North Africa PDF
Mark Lewis Tizzoni 87-105

Book Reviews

Book Review: Mary Garrison, Arpad P. Orbán and Marco Mostert (eds.), Spoken and Written Language: Relations Between Latin and the Vernacular Languages in the Earlier Middle Ages, Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy 24 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013) PDF
Anna Dorofeeva 106-108
Book Review: Hyun Jin Kim, The Huns, Rome, and the Birth of Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2013) PDF
Hugh Elton 109-111
Book Review: Nicholas J. Higham and Martin J. Ryan, The Anglo-Saxon World (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2013) PDF
Luca Larpi 112-114
Book Review: Maddalena Betti, The Making of Christian Moravia (858-882): Papal Power and Political Reality (Leiden: Brill, 2014) PDF
Evina Steinova 115-117
Book Review: Leslie Lockett, Anglo-Saxon Psychologies in the Vernacular and Latin Traditions (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011) PDF
Catalin Taranu 118-121
Book Review: Damien Kempf (ed. & trans.), Paul the Deacon: Liber de episcopis Mettensibus, Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations 19 (Leuven: Peeters, 2013) PDF
Phillip Wynn 122-124

Conference Reports

Conference Report: Senses of the Empire: Multisensory Approaches to Roman Culture PDF
Katy Soar 125-129
Conference Report: Texts and Identities 2013 PDF
Evina Steinova 130-133
Conference Report: Indigenous Ideas and Foreign Influences - Interactions among Oral and Literary, Latin and Vernacular Cultures in Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe PDF
Catalin Taranu 134-155
Conference Report: Late Literature in the Sixth Century, East and West PDF
Hope Deejune Williard 156-165
Bulletin: Network for the Study of Caroline Minuscule PDF
Zachary Guiliano 166-168


Interview with James Palmer PDF
Richard Broome, Tim Barnwell 169-177

Full Issue

N&N - Volume 2, Issue 1 (2014): Comparisons and Correlations PDF
Networks and Neighbours

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