Monday, 21 July 2014

Sneak Peak of N&N - Vol. 2, No. 2: Cultural Capital

We have just sent the proofs off to the publisher for final layout and so we are now able to officially announce what will be in the upcoming issue of N&N (page numbers to follow).  

N&N - Vol. 2, No. 2: Cultural Capital

Since the idea was first proposed by Pierre Bourdieu and Jean-Claude Passeron, ‘Cultural Capital’ has broadened the way researchers of the modern world consider the meanings of ‘wealth’, ‘power’ and their relationship to real ‘capital’. The idea is no less relevant to the study of the Early Middle Ages. For this issue, we are seeking papers which investigate the literature and material goods of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages; the polemics and the paintings, the buildings, coins, jewellery, topoi, prejudices, languages, dress, songs, and hairstyles that framed the early medieval world(s), and consider them in terms of ‘Cultural Capital’. 

For example, what relation did Charlemagne’s moustache, his penchant for Augustine, and an elephant called Abul-Abbas have to his success as emperor? How did Rome become so central to the European imagination, even as its military and economic relevance waned? What role, if any, do Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages have in both the modern ‘European’ debate and the question of Scottish independence? Other issues to consider include: what constituted Cultural Capital in the Early Middle Ages, and why does it matter? Who created, exchanged, brokered, and consumed Cultural Capital? How did it translate into economic, symbolic, and social capital? And was Cultural Capital a force for social change, or inertia?

Invited Paper

Kevin Wanner, Strategies of Skaldic Poets for Producing, Protecting, and Profiting from Capitals of Cognition and Recognition


Jonathan Jarret, Engaging Élites: Counts, Capital and Frontier Communities in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries, in Catalonia and Elsewhere
Helen Oxenham, Women Satirists and the Wielding Of Cultural Capital in Early Medieval Ireland 
Paulo Henrique Pachá, Gift and Conflict: Forms of Social Domination in the Iberian Early Middle Ages 
Janira F. Pohlmann, Nobility, Ascetic Christianity and Martyrdom: A Family’s Identity in the Writings of Ambrose of Milan 
Claudia J. Rogers, The Devil in Gregory of Tours: Spirit Intercession and the Human Body

Book Reviews

Julia Barrow’s review of The Abbots of Wearmouth and Jarrow by Ian Wood and Christopher Grocock (2013, Oxford) 
Colleen Batey’s review of Viking Identities: Scandinavian Jewellery in England by Jane Kershaw (2013, Oxford) 
Isabella Bolognese’s review of Monastic Reform as Process: Realities and Representations in Medieval Flanders, 900-1100 by Steven Vanderputten (2013, Cornell) 
Ioannis Papadopoulos’ review of The Restoration of Rome by Peter Heather (2014, Oxford) 
Annika Rulkens’ review of The Carolingian Debate over Sacred Space by Sam Collins (2012, Macmillan) 
Evina Steinova’s review of Early Medieval Palimpsests by George Declerq (2007, Brepols) 
Otavio Luiz Viera-Pinto’s review of Law and Society in the Age of Theoderic the Great. A Study of the Edictum Theoderici by Sean D. W. Lafferty (2013, Cambridge)

Conference Reports

Tom Birkett and Kirsty March’s report on ‘From Eald to New: Translating Early Medieval Poetry for the 21st century’, University College Cork, Ireland 
Colleen Curran’s report on ‘Liminal Networks: Western Paleography to c. 1100’, The Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies, King's College London 
Philipp Dörler’s report on ‘Meeting the Gentes – Crossing the Boundaries: Columbanus and the Peoples of Post-Roman Europe’, Schottenstift, Vienna, Austria 
Daniel Knox’s report on ‘From Byzantium to Clontarf: Tenth Annual Conference of The Australian Early Medieval Association’, Maquerie University, Australia 
Jane Roberts’ report on ‘Guthlac of Crowland: Celebrating 1300 Years’, Institute of English Studies, University of London 
Heidi Stoner & Meg Boulton’s report on the ‘The “Subterranean” in the Medieval World’, University of York 
Simon Thomson’s report on ‘Sensory perception and the medieval world: An Interdisciplinary Conference’, Institute of Archaeology, UCL


Michael J Kelly, Interview with Björn Weiler