Social and Intellectual Networking in the Early Middle Ages

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

Co-organised by Networks of Knowledge & Networks & Neighbours, and supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research

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

Networks of Knowledge (NoK) & Networks and Neighbours (N&N) are two projects dedicated to interrogating social, political and intellectual connectivity, competition and communication between persons, places and things in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. We are excited to announce that we have come together to bring you an international, interdisciplinary conference on social and intellectual networking in the Early Middle Ages.

The conference aims to explore the existence, performance and sustainability of diverse scholarly, intellectual, social and material networks in early medieval worlds. We will engage manuscripts, artefacts and theories over several panels framed by two categories: people and history & ideas and society. The first references networks of scholars, thinkers, writers, and the social and political histories related to their productions. The second imagines the transmission of ‘knowledge’, as information, as rhetoric, as object, and as epistemic grounding. In addition, we will have a dedicated panel for interrogating the applicability of social network theory for early medieval studies.




Brazil III 

8-18 April 2017

Details to be posted shortly

Previous Events

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Networks and Neighbours III

3-4 July 2015 @ University of Leeds, UK

Organised by N&N and supported by the School of History at Leeds

Professor Ian Wood (University of Leeds)

The third N&N international symposium was dedicated to re-interrogating the history of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. The symposium’s topics were: Cultural Memory; Western Knowledge of the East; Non-Human Agents; and, Circulation and Renewal.

N&N 2015 Program

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Networks and Neighbours II 

3-4 April 2014 @ Universidade Federal do Paraná (Curitiba, Brazil)

Organised by N&N and supported by the University of Leeds (UK), Universidade Federal do Paraná (Brazil), Universidade Federal do Amapá (Brazil) and the Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)

Professor Ralph Mathisen (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Professor Ian Wood (University of Leeds, UK)

The 2014 Symposium was a two-day event that brought together scholars from around the world to present on and discuss the writing, thinking, reading and representations of existence, meaning, thought, love, art, being, politics – in short, life – in what is tenuously defined as the early Middle Ages in Europe and the broader Mediterranean. Topics ranged from ontological mathematics, geo-physical interpretations of hagiographies and philosophies of archaeometry to more established historical problems of texts, manuscripts and also philological findings.

N&N 2014 Program

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