Saturday, 1 February 2014

N&N 2.1: Comparisons and Correlations

N&N Vol 2, No 1 (2014) is live!

Reading beyond borders is, in theory, a methodology admired by early medieval scholars and considered when performing research, but to what extent, we ask, is comparative history a reality in early medieval scholarship? Furthermore, should we pursue this line of thinking, reading, writing and teaching? What are the potential benefits structurally? What new historical representations will emerge from a sustained, earnest attempt at comparing the physical artifacts, mental archaeology and socio-/geo-graphical landscapes of early medieval minds, places, connections and/or neighbourhoods? As a way to engage these questions the editors are seeking a broad scope of papers that deal individually, critically with localized situations. When ascribed within our framework of questions, we believe, these will provide important reflective sites and positions for further research in this direction, as we continue to explore how immediate and near realities performed in the functioning of wider topographies…and in fact if they ever really did or if we’ve taken on too much of the cheese and the worms.

Invited Papers

Slawomir Wadyl and Pawel Szczepanik, 'A Comparative Analysis of Early Medieval North-West Slavonic and West Baltic Sacred Landscapes: An Introduction to the Problems'.


Rutger Kramer and Eirik Hovden, 'Wondering about Comparison: Enclaves of Learning in Medieval Europe and South Arabia - Prolegomena to an Intercultual Comparative Research Project'.

Anthony Mansfield, 'Lords of the North Sea: A Comparative Study of Aristocratic Territory in the North Sea World in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries'.

Marie Bønløkke Spejlborg, 'Anglo-Danish Connections and the Organisation of the Early Danish Church: Contribution to a Debate'.

Mark Lewis Tizzoni, 'Dracontius and the Wider World: Cultural and Intellectual Interconnectedness in Late-Fifth Century Vandal North Africa'.

Book Reviews

Anna Dorofeeva, 'Mary Garrison, Arpad P Orbán and Marco Mostert (eds.), Spoken and Written Language: Relations Between Latin and the Vernacular Languages in the Earlier Middle Ages'.

Hugh Elton, 'Hyun Jin Kim, The Huns, Rome, and the Birth of Europe'.

Luca Larpi, 'Nicholas J. Higham and Martin J. Ryan, The Anglo-Saxon World'.

Evina Steinova, 'Maddalena Betti, The Making of Christian Moravia (858-882): Papal Power and Poltical Reality'.

Catalin Taranu, 'Leslie Lockett, Anglo-Saxon Psychologies in the Vernacular and Latin Traditions'.

Phillip Wynn, 'Damien Kampf (ed. and trans.), Paul the Deacon: Liber de episcopis Mettensibus'.

Conference Reports

Katy Soar, 'Senses of the Empire: Multisensory Approaches to Roman Culture'.

Catalin Taranu, 'Indigenous Ideas and Foreign Influences - Interactions among Oral and Literary, Latin and Vernacular Cultures in Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe'.

Hope Deejune Williard, 'Late Literature in the Sixth Century, East and West'.

Zachary Guiliano, 'Bulletin Report: Network for the Study of Caroline Miniscule'.


Richard Broome and Tim Barnwell, 'Interview with James Palmer'.

There are some great articles in here so pop over to the journal website and give them a read. Also don't forget to check out the CFP for the next volume, 2.2, on 'Cultural Capital', and of course the upcoming second annual N&N Symposium in Curitiba, Brazil.

James Palmer has also written a follow-up to his interview on his own blog.