Call for Papers – Second Annual Networks and Neighbours Symposium of Early Medieval History

Networks and Neighbours II: Curitiba, Brazil

Call for Papers:  Second Annual Networks and Neighbours Symposium of Early Medieval History

Thursday through Friday, 3-4 April 2014

Firstly, we wish to thank all of those who made the first Networks and Neighbours Symposium in Leeds, U.K. not only possible but also a great success.  We look forward to seeing you all in Curitiba, Brazil.   For those who were unable to attend in Leeds, please see our journal ( for the conference report.

We are excited to announce the CFP for the 2014 Symposium in Curitiba!

The 2014 Symposium will be a two-day event bringing 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.

There are no specific topics or themes for this year’s Symposium.  We warmly welcome topics ranging from ontological mathematics, geo-physical interpretations of hagiographies and philosophies of archaeometry to more established historical problems of texts, manuscripts and also philological findings.  Regardless of the topic, we strongly encourage innovative methodological, historiographical and historical approaches to studying the topography of life in the past.  We ask too that your work remains tied to the temporal limits of the early Middle Ages.  That said, time and periodization are relational as well as pre-constructed boundaries in our research and we would be happy to receive papers challenging these.

If you would like to present a paper and/or organize a panel please send us your 500-word abstract(s) by 6 January 2014.  Full papers of no more than 3,000 words should be submitted by 4 March 2014 in order for there to be sufficient time to circulate them to all participants.  We hope that this system of early submission will encourage open, well-informed, critical and meaningful discussions.  The language of the Symposium will be English, however, Portuguese translations of all papers will be provided.  So too will food during the Symposium and accommodation for presenters.  Registration is free.

Finally, it should be noted that it is our intention to publish an edited volume based on the papers and other work developed at the two Symposia as well as other significant events run and sponsored by Networks and Neighbours over the course of two years.

For updated information between now and the 2014 Symposium see our project homepage at:

Please send all materials and any queries or concerns to us at:

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