Scholarship on the Iberian Peninsula in late antiquity and the early middle ages is burgeoning across a variety of disciplines and time periods, but the publication profile of the field remains rather disjointed. No publisher focuses on this area and time-period and there is certainly no series devoted to the topic. This series will thus provide a hub for high-quality publications in the field of late antique and early medieval Iberian Studies.
The series moves beyond established chronological dividing lines in scholarship, which segregated Muslim Spain from ‘barbarian’ Spain, and ‘barbarian’ Spain from late Roman Spain. We also seek to be geographically inclusive, encouraging scholarship which explores the north of the peninsula, southern Gaul, and northern Africa insofar as they were integrated administratively, politically and economically with Hispania in our period.
We seek publications from history, archaeology, theology and religious studies, numismatics, music, palaeography, and cognate disciplines. We also aim to elicit proposals for monographs and edited volumes that look at Iberia in comparative perspective (e.g. with other provinces or kingdoms or through thematic comparison), explore the reception and transmission of the writings of Iberian authors in later centuries, and take an interdisciplinary approach to the field, or are explicitly theoretical in focus.
A key aim of the series is to break down barriers between the excellent scholarship that goes on in the Iberia and Latin America and that which takes place in the Anglo-phone world and thus we will actively search for potential contributors not only from Spain and Portugal but also from South and Central America. The Latin American market is one which we do not feel has been fully exploited and we believe that this approach will help to maximise both submission of proposals as well as sales.
The geographical scope of this series incorporates the Iberian Peninsula: modern Spain (including Balearic Islands) and Portugal. However, we also seek contributions that deal with Gallia Narbonensis (the part of southern Gaul that was part of Hispania under the late Roman Empire and Visigothic Kingdom) and Mauretania Tingitania (the part of northern Africa that was administratively incorporated into Hispania under the late Roman Empire, the Byzantines, and possibly under the Visigoths). As noted above, we will also consider proposals that address Iberia in comparative perspective with other regions in the late antique and early medieval periods.
Roman bridge over the River Guadiana at Mérida, Spain