To what extent did rural and urban populaces around the Visigothic Kingdom interact with each other? How did they share stories and relate memories? To what degree did they visit and house relatives and friends from other communities? What about beyond the ‘borders’ and / or at the peripheries, of the Peninsula, of the towns, of the roads, of the mind, of families and communities sharing the same urban centers? How common was communication between nearby, everyday or distant neighbors? To what extent was there a meta-sense of belonging in the region, whether locally or by shared sensibilities of Mediterranean existence, by Jewish belief and heritage, by fidelity to Catholic theology, by practices of rural religion, by languages and dialectics, or even by a sense of ‘barbarian’ identity, an imagined pan-Gothicness?
Expressions, desired associations, networks of thoughts and meanings and their traversal within and between individuals, institutions, texts and ‘architexts’ form the core of the intended discussions of VgS 3, the third Visigothic Symposium. VgS 3 will interrogate these issues by offering essays across the themes: ‘communication’ and ‘circulation’. The aim is to elicit examples of what we may call personal and communal ‘neighboring’ in early medieval Iberia, the broader Visigothic Kingdom(s?) and the wider Mediterranean region. We envision the essays of VgS 3 pursuing, lifting from the land of the period’s narrations – literary and material – that which exposes also the modes of transference, connection and representation that characterized real and imagined lives. Interdisciplinary in our reading of Visigothic Iberia, VgS 3 extends the scope of analysis and historiography to the gaze from the ‘outside’ – Ostrogothic Italy, Rome, Vandal-Visigothic Sardinia, Lombards, Corsica – of the Iberian tableaux vivant.
Panel 1: Communication
- Alberto Ferreiro, Professor of History, Seattle Pacific University
- Javier Martínez Jiménez, Associate Researcher, Faculty of Classics, and Postdoctoral By-Fellow of Churchill College, University of Cambridge
- Jason Osborne, Instructor, University of South Carolina
- Fernando Ruchesi, Universidad National del Nordeste & CONICET, Buenos Aires
Panel 2: Circulation
- Tomás Cordero Ruiz, Postdoctoral Researcher, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
- Pablo C. Diaz, Professor in Ancient History, Universidad de Salamanca
- Luís Fontes, Head Researcher, Universidade do Minho
- Luciano Gallinari, Istituto di Storia dell’Europa Mediterranea – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
- Andrew Kurt, Associate Professor of History, Clayton State University
Schedule of Publication
30 June 2018 – Essays (4,000 words)
31 December 2018 – Response Papers (2,000-2,500 words)