Knowledge in Network. Irish Schoolmasters and Travelling Transtextuality in Carolingian Europe
Xavier HERMAND (UNamur) and Giuseppe PALUMBO (UNamur)
Pratiques médiévales de l'écrit (PraME)
KnowNet investigates the ways in which knowledge circulated in early medieval Europe. Through the study of the geographical and intellectual itinerary of an anonymous Irish schoolmaster travelling across ninth-century Europe, KnowNet explores the networks and hubs through which texts, books and ideas were disseminated. The manuscripts he copied, and especially the annotations added in their margins, draw the contours of a large community of learning in which scholars from different European regions were brought together through education and a shared culture of debate. KnowNet thus adopts a philological, palaeographical and codicological approach, but combines it with a wider historical and socio-anthropological understanding of Carolingian culture. By harnessing resources offered by the digital humanities and applying them to textual criticism and manuscript studies, KnowNet sheds new light on transcultural entanglement and crosscultural interaction in early medieval Europe.