Network and Neighbours IV

Networks and Neighbours IV: 2017

31 August – 2 September 2017 @ Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Social and Intellectual Networking in the Early Middle Ages 

Co-Organized by Networks of Knowledge and Networks and Neighbours

Keynote Speakers
Prof. Eileen Joy (Punctum Books, BABEL Working Group, and Postmedieval)
Prof. Yitzhak Hen (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)

Dr. Michael J. Kelly (State University of New York at Binghamton, and N&N)
Dr. Sven Meeder (Radboud University, and NoK)
Mr. Lennart Jetten (Radboud University)

Dr. Edoardo Manarini (Italian Institute for the Study of History, Naples)
Dr. Andrey Grunin (CIHAM / University of Avignon)

City Guide and Conference Brochure for Participants

Optional Registration Form



Thursday 31 August 2017
Location: Erasmus building, room 2.50

15:00 – 15:45 Registration and Coffee

15:45 – 16:00 Opening by Michael J. Kelly and Sven Meeder

16:00 – 17:00 Keynote lecture 1: Eileen Joy (Punctum Books, USA) – The Wolves of Vinland Are Building a Tribe Outside the System: Medieval Studies, Whiteness, and the Alt-Right.
Location: Erasmus building, room 2.50
Chair: Michael J. Kelly (State University of New York at Binghamton, USA)

17:00 – 19:00 Drinks at the Cultuur Café

Friday 1 September 2017 – Ideas and Society
Location: St. Steven’s, Northern Chapel

9:00 – 9:30 Coffee

9:45 – 10:45 Session 1: Evina Steinová (Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto, Canada)
Moderator: Alessandro Gnasso (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Paper: Isidorus artigraphus: the Rewriting of the First Book of the Etymologies in the Carolingian Period as Evidence of Carolingian Intellectual Networks

10:45-11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 12:15 Session 2: Ksenia Bonch Reeves (Wright State University, Ohio, USA)
Moderator: Ann Christys (University of Leeds, UK)
Paper: Networks of Knowledge in Ninth-Century Iberia: Toward Mozarabic Authorship of the Asturian Chronicle of Alfonso III

12:15 – 13:30 Lunch break

13:30 – 14:30 Session 3: Catalin Taranu (University of Leeds, UK)
Moderator: Jesse Keskiaho (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Paper: The Rhizomatic Spread of Gothicism in Early Medieval North-Western Europe

14:30 – 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 – 16:00 Session 4: Eleanor Jackson (University of York, UK)
Moderator: Dominique Vieira Coelho Dos Santos (University of Blumenau, Brazil & the Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity, Oxford University, UK)
Paper: Personal Manuscripts in the Negotiation of Personal, Spiritual and Political Networks

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:30 Keynote lecture 2: Yitzhak Hen (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel) – The Politics of Intellectual Networks in Late Merovingian Francia
Location: Erasmus building, room 2.50
Chair: Sven Meeder (Radboud University, Netherlands)

19:00 Conference Dinner


Saturday 2 September 2017 – People and History
Location: St. Steven’s, Northern Chapel

9:30-10:30 Session 5: Ned Schoolman (University of Nevada at Reno, USA)
Moderator: K. Patrick Fazioli (Mercy College, NY, USA)
Paper: Novalesa’s Networks: (Re)building Institutional Memories and Libraries in the Twilight of the Early Middle Ages

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:00 Session 6: Elizabeth Archibald (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
Moderator: Jan van Doren (Princeton University, USA)
Paper: Carolingian Schoolbooks and Intellectual Networks

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break

13:00 – 14:00 Session 7: Daniel Knox (Central European University, Hungary)
Moderator: Shane Bjornlie (Claremont McKenna College, California, USA)
Paper: Ennodius of Pavia and the Network of Faustus in Ostrogothic Italy

14:00 – 15:00 Session 8: Rutger Kramer (University of Vienna, Austria)
Moderator: Richard Broome (University of Leeds, UK)
Paper: Explaining Aquitania: The Construction of a Kingdom in the Early Middle Ages

15:00-15:15 Closing remarks

Afternoon: Departure of the participants

The conference is entirely free and open to anyone. Enquiries should be directed to


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