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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?
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