Research Events

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Practices of Knowledge Selection in Early Medieval Manuscripts

October 2018 – June 2019 @ University College Dublin, Ireland

Practices of Knowledge Selection (PoKS) is a two-part international research event focusing on the codicology of early medieval manuscripts. The first meeting will be a selective workshop of scholars whose complementing expertise will represent the range of PoKS’s enquiry and will establish the foundation for the topics of the inclusive conference in late Spring 2019. Both events will be held at UCD and will be free, no-fees and open to all.

The events are sponsored by Networks and Neighbours and organised and hosted by Dr Anna Dorofeeva, Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College Dublin. Subject to peer-review, the proceedings will be published by N&N/Punctum Books.



Networks & Neighbours IV & Networks of Knowledge I

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

Social and Intellectual Networking in the Early Middle Ages

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.


Program (pdf)

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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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27-28 June 2013 @ University of Leeds, UK

Organised by N&N and supported by the University of Leeds (UK), the Royal Historical Society, and HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area)

The inaugural N&N Symposium was dedicated to the topic of ‘Early Medieval Correlations’. The purpose was to promote not only the study of how people and communities interacted within and without their own world and localities in the Early Middle Ages, but also to promote the study of Early Medieval networks by an international, multilingual collaboration of scholars.

N&N 2013 Program

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Masterclass on the Chronicles of ‘Fredegar’

26 – 27 February 2013 @ Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, UK

Organised by Networks and Neighbours and supported by the School of History, University of Leeds (UK), and the Institute for Medieval Studies

Professor Paul Fouracre (University of Manchester)
Professor Roger Collins (University of Edinburgh)

This Masterclass on the Chronicles of the eponymous, mysterious ‘Fredegar’.  The class was be led by two of the world’s most recognised and leading experts on Fredegar and in early medieval studies: Professors Paul Fouracre and Roger Collins.

The class ran over the course of two evenings in the special collections of the University of Leeds. On Tuesday the 26th, Professor Fouracre discussed the relationship of Fredegar to events in Italy, to its early medieval histioriography and notably Paul the Deacon.  The following night Professor Collins spoke about the transmission of Fredegar manuscripts and the problems of editing the Historia vel Gesta Francorum, revised versions of which he was then preparing for the MGH.

The class participation included other leading scholars in the field, as well as postgraduate researchers with expertise on and interests in Fredegar across a wide-array of historical discourses and methodologies. The aim was to develop a novel, engaging and emergent discourse on the complexities of the Chronicles and their supposed author(s) Fredegar, in particular amongst postgraduates and young scholars.

The masterclass, like all N&N events since, was free and open to all.

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