Networks and Neighbours

The journal Networks and Neighbours (N&N) is a voice of the larger project of scholars by the same name. The project sponsors conference panels and runs masterclasses, lectures and other events, including our annual symposium rotating biannually between the University of Leeds and select sites around the globe. This international, or rather post-national, and also extra-institutional, intellectual spirit is embodied in the journal N&N. To this end we invite, in addition to original research articles and book reviews in a diversity of languages, reports from conferences and other related early medieval research activities worldwide.

The editorial board of N&N consists of established leaders in the field as well as emerging young scholars working in early medieval studies. The methodologies, styles, chosen historiographies, historical representations and theses of the board members complement each other in various ways and provide emulative models of historical research and authorship. They also represent though the firm, critical and confrontational interrogations needed to advance early medieval scholarship in radical directions and towards truly alternative ways of thinking and emerging the early medieval past. N&N is in close dialogue with other previous and current, related academic projects such as the Transformation of the Roman World, Texts and Identities and HERA: Cultural Memory and Resources of the Past.

N&N provides immediate and permanent open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. We are, and will always be, 100% free to publish in, free to read online, and free to share. For more information on our Open Access policy click here.



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Call for Papers: CFP: N&N Volume 4.1 'World History'


Call for Papers for N&N - Vol. 4: ‘World History’

The 2016 issues of Networks and Neighbours will be dedicated to exploring the concept of ‘world history’ in the context of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages.

As usual for N&N, we see several possible readings of this issue’s theme – both historical and historiographical – which will allow a diversity of responses. From a historical perspective, ‘universal’ or ‘world’ history was one of the most notable ways in which late antique and early medieval authors constructed their histories and chronicles, beginning with the Chronicle of Eusebius, which was continued in myriad forms and spawned many imitators. What provoked authors to attempt to write this sort of history? What limitations did they face? Above all, can this really be considered a ‘genre’ in the modern sense? Meanwhile, from a historiographical perspective, modern scholars are increasingly aware of the need to approach the discipline of history globally, abandoning traditional national and continental limitations in order to provide comparisons between concurrent developments in different parts of the world. The benefits of such an approach are readily apparent, especially for historians of the Byzantine and Islamic worlds, as are the potentials for collaboration with scholars whose training lies wholly outside the western historiographical tradition. But what are the dangers of such comparative approaches? And is it even possible to speak or write of a ‘global’ Early Middle Ages? 

We welcome papers on any of these topics as well as any other related issues, perspectives, and interpretations. We encourage papers dealing with historiographical questions, and also enquiries about the role of early medieval historians in public dialogue. As is the tradition of Networks and Neighbours, these suggestions are not meant to be prescriptive. Though we look forward to submissions which question, develop, or reject altogether our plural notions and interpretations of ‘world history’, we also welcome submissions on any other aspect of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, which fits with the overall philosophy of Networks and Neighbours

Abstracts for proposed articles should be received by 31 August 2015, with full papers to be submitted electronically by 30 September 2015. Articles received after this date but before 15 March 2016 will be considered for publication in the July 2016 issue. Prospective articles will be between 6,000-10,000 words (including footnotes but excluding the bibliography), prepared for blind review, and accompanied by an article summary of approximately 250 words. In addition to scholarly articles the editors of N&N also invite book reviews as well as reports from conferences, exhibitions, masterclasses and other relevant events. As always, Networks and Neighbours will accept articles in any modern language, although an English abstract is required for all submissions.

Past issues of Networks and Neighbours, as well as full guidelines about formatting and online submission, can be found at: If you have any further questions please contact us at:

Upcoming Calls for Papers:

N&N Vol. 5 (2017) ‘Big History’

Following a volume on ‘world history’, N&N will explore the emerging field of ‘Big History’, which interrogates the history of humanity and ontology in light of the general history of life and the universe.

N&N Vol. 6 (Jan 2018)

Now accepting proposals: further details to follow.

Posted: 2015-04-14
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Vol 3, No 1 (2015): Migration

The movement of people, languages, objects, ideas, institutions, and traditions have long been an essential part of discussions of both Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. In recent decades the study of ‘(im)migration’ has become central to any discussion of these periods. This historical and historiographical attention has developed in association with other critical, intellectual and academic trends during these years, becoming entangled with concepts, ideas, and empirical data about ‘movement’, ‘space’, ‘land’, ‘centre/periphery’, ‘boundaries’, ‘transmission’, ‘communication’ and ‘ideology’. Within this, the role of present-day politics has never been far away, particularly as Europe has faced, during recent decades and continuing today, regularly shifting boundaries, alternative forms of citizenship, new inner confrontations, and re-emerged forms of emotive reactionism. What place do and should historians have in these debates? How self-reflective have we been about the pasts that we choose to research, and about how we represent them? For example, why the current re-fascination with the ‘Fall of Rome’ or the ‘Pirenne Thesis’, both of which are reaching now beyond the historical field and into mainstream philosophical debate.

Table of Contents

Invited Papers

Migration PDF
Peter Heather 1-21


Genealogy, Labour and Land: The Settlement of the Mýramenn in Egils saga PDF
Santiago Barreiro 22-44

Book Reviews

Book Review: Florin Curta (ed.), Neglected Barbarians, Studies in the Early Middle Ages, 32 PDF
Michael Burrows 46-47
Book Review: Ian Wood The Modern Origins of the Early Middle Ages PDF
Roger Collins 48-50
Book Review: Giorgio Agamben, Opus Dei: An Archaeology of Duty PDF
Zachary Guiliano 51-53
Book Review: S. Esmonde Cleary, The Roman West, AD 200-500. Cambridge, 2013. PDF
Javier Martínez Jiménez 54-58
Book Review: Éric Rebillard, Transformations of Religious Practices in Late Antiquity PDF
Stanley Rosenberg 59-62
Book Review: Meaghan McEvoy, Child Emperor Rule in the Late Roman West, AD 367- 455 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).Q PDF
Michael Edward Stewart 63-67
Book Review: Sarah Semple, Perceptions of the Prehistoric in Anglo-Saxon England: Religion, Ritual, and Rulership in the Landscape PDF
Catalin Taranu 68-70
Book Review: Pauline Allen and Bronwen Neil, Crisis Management in Late Antiquity (410-590 CE): A Survey of the Evidence from Episcopal Letters, Vigiliae Christianae, Supplements, 121 PDF
Adrian Viale 71-73
Book Review: D. M. Palliser, Medieval York: 600-1540, and Sarah Rees Jones, York: The Making of a City 1068-1350 PDF
Eleanor Warren 74-79
Book Review: Peter Darby, Bede and the End of Time, Studies in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland PDF
Jamie Wood 80-82

Conference Reports

Conference Report: Networks and Neighbours 2014 PDF
Michael J Kelly 83-87
Conference Report: East and West in the Early Middle Ages: The Merovingian Kingdoms in Mediterranean Perspective PDF
Lia Sternizki 88-105
Conference Report: High and Low Literature in Late Antiquity PDF
Hope Deejune Williard 106-112
Conference Report: Network for the Study of Caroline Minuscule PDF
N. Kıvılcım Yavuz 113-115

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