Visigothic Symposia, 2016-2022
Visigothic Symposia (VgS) is a series of five online symposia eliciting the latest and most innovative research in Visigothic studies from around the world. The research focus is the history and archaeology of the Visigoths from the 4th century to the eighth. However, Visigothic studies refers not only to the historical Visigoths – their actions, their productions, and their depictions – but also to their subsequent legacy, in diverse manuscripts and editions, competing historiographies, conflictual political discourses, etc., from the middle ages to today. Each symposium is broken into two specific and complementing themes in Visigothic studies, for example, law and theology. The essays are followed by formal responses by each theme’s respective participants. In total, there will be five VgS volumes constructed as a progressive dialogic set. ISSN 2475-7462.
The purpose of this symposium is to interrogate the thesis that capitalism existed in the pre-modern world. We do this by way of critical inquiries into the idea of capitalism and what it means to historians. In this collective investigation, we are focused, geographically and temporally, on the Roman world – the Mediterranean and associated regions – in the periods of the Roman Empire, late antiquity and the early middle ages. Our guiding question in this endeavor is one that is seemingly straightforward: did capitalism exist in the pre-modern world? This question will be interrogated by a panel of authors who will provide complementary theoretical, methodological and contextual contributions. ISSN 2576-0483.
The journal Networks and Neighbours (N&N), from 2013 to 2016, was dedicated to the global study of late antiquity and the early middle ages. It was a central voice of the eponymous international project, and a fantastic space to establish innovative and sustainable dialogues between emerging and senior scholars from around the world. The journal was double-blind peer-reviewed, entirely independent, and no-fees open-access (that is, free for everyone, which it still is), and helped to establish N&N’s international presence.
The meta-national, extra-institutional, and critical intellectual spirit that embodied the journal continue to define N&N the [free, open, non-profit and environmentally aware] project, as N&N moves into its next phase of development. ISSN 2372-4889.
Long-term and future projects
Liber Iudiciorum, New Critical Edition
Co-directed by N&N’s Michael J. Kelly (Binghamton, SUNY) and Isabel Velazquez Soriano (Madrid).
Ostrogothic Symposia (OgS) is a series of online, open-access symposia envisioned as a gathering of the most critical and innovative research in Ostrogothic studies. It is also an academic effort intimately (and intellectually) linked to the Visigothic Symposia (VgS).
There will be two online symposia. The research focus is the history, the textual production and the political impact of the Ostrogoths during the late 5th century to the late sixth. One should not think that Ostrogothic studies are restricted to this short historical period, however: themes of investigation should (and will) range from the historicity of Ostrogoths per se to the legacy they left in the imagery and thought of subsequent historical players, such as the Carolingians or even us, modern scholars and researchers.
Each of these symposia will be divided into two broad, complementing topics in Ostrogothic Studies, such as “ideology” and “identity,” “legal discourses” and “political practices,” “religion” and “diplomacy.”