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.

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.



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Call for Papers: CFP: N&N Volume 4.1 'World History'


Call for Papers for N&N - Vol. 4: ‘World History’

The 2016 issues of Networks and Neighbours will be dedicated to exploring the concept of ‘world history’ in the context of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages.

As usual for N&N, we see several possible readings of this issue’s theme – both historical and historiographical – which will allow a diversity of responses. From a historical perspective, ‘universal’ or ‘world’ history was one of the most notable ways in which late antique and early medieval authors constructed their histories and chronicles, beginning with the Chronicle of Eusebius, which was continued in myriad forms and spawned many imitators. What provoked authors to attempt to write this sort of history? What limitations did they face? Above all, can this really be considered a ‘genre’ in the modern sense? Meanwhile, from a historiographical perspective, modern scholars are increasingly aware of the need to approach the discipline of history globally, abandoning traditional national and continental limitations in order to provide comparisons between concurrent developments in different parts of the world. The benefits of such an approach are readily apparent, especially for historians of the Byzantine and Islamic worlds, as are the potentials for collaboration with scholars whose training lies wholly outside the western historiographical tradition. But what are the dangers of such comparative approaches? And is it even possible to speak or write of a ‘global’ Early Middle Ages? 

We welcome papers on any of these topics as well as any other related issues, perspectives, and interpretations. We encourage papers dealing with historiographical questions, and also enquiries about the role of early medieval historians in public dialogue. As is the tradition of Networks and Neighbours, these suggestions are not meant to be prescriptive. Though we look forward to submissions which question, develop, or reject altogether our plural notions and interpretations of ‘world history’, we also welcome submissions on any other aspect of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, which fits with the overall philosophy of Networks and Neighbours

Abstracts for proposed articles should be received by 31 August 2015, with full papers to be submitted electronically by 30 September 2015. Articles received after this date but before 15 March 2016 will be considered for publication in the July 2016 issue. Prospective articles will be between 6,000-10,000 words (including footnotes but excluding the bibliography), prepared for blind review, and accompanied by an article summary of approximately 250 words. In addition to scholarly articles the editors of N&N also invite book reviews as well as reports from conferences, exhibitions, masterclasses and other relevant events. As always, Networks and Neighbours will accept articles in any modern language, although an English abstract is required for all submissions.

Past issues of Networks and Neighbours, as well as full guidelines about formatting and online submission, can be found at: If you have any further questions please contact us at:

Upcoming Calls for Papers:

N&N Vol. 5 (2017) ‘Big History’

Following a volume on ‘world history’, N&N will explore the emerging field of ‘Big History’, which interrogates the history of humanity and ontology in light of the general history of life and the universe.

N&N Vol. 6 (Jan 2018)

Now accepting proposals: further details to follow.

Posted: 2015-04-14
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Vol 2, No 2 (2014): Cultural Capital

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?

Table of Contents

Invited Papers

Strategies of Skaldic Poets for Producing, Protecting, and Profiting from Capitals of Cognition and Recognition PDF
Kevin J Wanner 178-210


Engaging Élites: Counts, Capital and Frontier Communities in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries, in Catalonia and Elsewhere PDF
Jonathan Jarrett 211-261
Women Satirists and the Wielding Of Cultural Capital in Early Medieval Ireland PDF
Helen Oxenham 262-287
Gift and Conflict: Forms of Social Domination in the Iberian Early Middle Ages PDF
Paulo Henrique Pachá 288-324
Nobility, Ascetic Christianity and Martyrdom: A Family's Identity in the Writings of Ambrose of Milan PDF
Janira Feliciano Pohlmann 325-346
The Devil in Gregory of Tours: Spirit Intercession and the Human Body PDF
Claudia Jane Rogers 347-377

Book Reviews

Book Review: Abbots of Wearmouth and Jarrow PDF
Julia Barrow 378-380
Book Review. Jane F Kershaw. Viking Identities: Scandinavian Jewellery in England PDF
Colleen Batey 381-384
Book Review: Steven Vanderputten, Monastic Reform as Process: Realities and Representations in Medieval Flanders, 900-1100 PDF
Isabella Bolognese 385-387
Book Review: Peter Heather, The Restoration of Rome: Barbarian Popes & Imperial Pretenders PDF
Ioannis Papadopoulos 388-392
Book Review: Samuel Collins, The Carolingian Debate over Sacred Space. PDF
Annika Rulkens 393-396
Book Review: Georges Declercq (ed.), Early Medieval Palimpsests PDF
Evina Steinova 397-400
Book Review: Sean D. W. Lafferty, Law and Society in the Age of Theoderic the Great PDF
Otávio Luiz Vieira Pinto 400-403

Conference Reports

From Eald to New: Translating Early Medieval Poetry for the 21st Century PDF
Tom Birkett, Kirsty March 404-410
Liminal Networks: Western Palaeography to c. 1100 PDF
Colleen Curran 411-415
Meeting the Gentes – Crossing the Boundaries: Columbanus and the Peoples of Post-Roman Europe PDF
Phillipp Dörler 416-420
From Byzantium to Clontarf: Tenth Annual Conference of The Australian Early Medieval Association PDF
Daniel K. Knox 421-430
Guthlac of Crowland: Celebrating 1300 Years PDF
Jane Roberts 431-440
Subterranean in the Medieval World PDF
Heidi Stoner, Meg Boulton 441-449


Interview with Professor Björn Weiler PDF
Michael J Kelly 465-510

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