Jonathan P. Conant's research focuses on the inter-regional integration of the Mediterranean and the transition from antiquity to the middle ages. His book, Staying Roman: Conquest and Identity in Africa and the Mediterranean, 439-700 (Cambridge University Press, 2012), represents the first historical examination of the fate of Roman identity in the region of modern Tunisia and Algeria after the collapse there of Roman power in the fifth century down to the Islamic invasions of the late seventh and early eighth centuries. He has also written shorter pieces on saints' cults, rural literacy, documentary practice, and on the North African Jewish community. His current project, tentatively entitled The Carolingians and the Ends of Empire, ca. 795-840, seeks to reassess the Carolingians' understanding of the aims and responsibilities of empire in light of their wide-reaching external relations and of the long-term survival of Roman ideas in the medieval West.
|Anxieties of Violence: Christians and Muslims in Conflict in Aghlābid North Africa and the Central Mediterranean. Al-Masaq. 2015; 27 : 7–23.|
|Conant, Jonathan P. Constructing Communities in the Late Roman Countryside. By Cam Grey. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2011. xiv + 269 pp. £66. US $107. ISBN 978 1 10701 162 5 (hardback).. Early Medieval Europe. 2015; 23 (1) : 120-122.|
Romanness in the Age of Attila.
2015; : 156–172.
|Conant, Jonathan P. The Politics of Identity in Visigothic Spain. Religion and Power in the Histories of Isidore of Seville. By Jamie Wood. Brill's Series on the Early Middle Ages 21. Leiden and Boston: Brill. 2012. xii + 275 pp. €110. US $151. ISBN 978 90 04 20990 9 (hardba. Early Medieval Europe. 2015; 23 (1) : 126-128.|
|Conant, Jonathan P. Louis the Pious and the contours of empire. Early Medieval Europe. 2014; 22 (3) : 336-360.|
|Louis the Pious and the Contours of Empire. Early Medieval Europe. 2014; 22 : 336–360.|
|Conant, Jonathan P. Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350–550 AD. By Brown Peter. Princeton, NJ and Oxford: Princeton University Press. 2012. Pp. xxx, 759. $24.95, paper.. J. Econ. Hist.. 2014; 74 (02) : 627-628.|
|Conant, Jonathan Christians ‘persecuting’ Christians in North Africa, and intrusions by the State. BRENT D. SHAW, SACRED VIOLENCE. AFRICAN CHRISTIANS AND SECTARIAN HATRED IN THE AGE OF AUGUSTINE (Cambridge University Press 2011). Pp. xii + 910, 6 maps. ISBN 978-0-521-12725-7 (paperback). $65.. Journal of Roman Archaeology. 2013; 26 : 910-914.|
Public Administration, Private Individuals, and the Written Word in Late Antique North Africa, c. 284–700.
2013; : 36–62.
|Conant, Jonathan P. Andy Merrills and Richard Miles, The Vandals. (The Peoples of Europe.) Chichester, UK, and Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Pp. xiv, 351; b&w figs., maps, and plans. $124.95. ISBN: 9781405160681.. "Textual and Visual Representations of Power and Justice in Medieval France: Manuscripts and Early Printed Books. Ed. Rosalind Brown-Grant, Anne D. Hedeman, and Bernard Ribémont." . 2012; 87 (02) : 584-585.|
|Conant, J. P. LESLIE DOSSEYPeasants and Empire in Christian North Africa. (The Transformation of the Classical Heritage, number 47.) Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. 2010. Pp. xvii, 352. $60.00. The American Historical Review. 2012; 117 (1) : 305-306.|
Staying Roman: Conquest and Identity in Africa and the Mediterranean, 439-700.
|Conant, Jonathan P. Archaeologies of Colonialism: Consumption, Entanglement, and Violence in Ancient Mediterranean France. By Michael Dietler (Berkeley, University of California Press, 2010) 464 pp. $60.00 . Journal of Interdisciplinary History. 2011; 42 (3) : 453-454.|
|Europe and the African Cult of Saints, circa 350–900: An Essay in Mediterranean Communications. "Textual and Visual Representations of Power and Justice in Medieval France: Manuscripts and Early Printed Books. Ed. Rosalind Brown-Grant, Anne D. Hedeman, and Bernard Ribémont." . 2010; 85 : 1–46.|
Private Documentation and Literacy in Vandal North Africa: The Case of the Albertini Tablets.
2004; : 199–224.
In his research, Jonathan Conant explores the inter-regional integration of the late ancient and early medieval Mediterranean. Most recently, his research has examined the cultural, social, and political connections between North Africa and the rest of the early medieval world. His book, Staying Roman: Conquest and Identity in North Africa and the Mediterranean, 439-700 (Cambridge University Press, 2012), represents the first historical examination of the fate of Roman identity in the region of modern Tunisia and Algeria after the collapse there of Roman power, from the Germanic Vandals' capture of the territory in the early fifth century, through the sixth-century Byzantine reconquest, down to the Islamic invasions of the Maghrib in the late seventh and early eighth centuries. Though most studies of the early Middle Ages focus on the creation of new, non-Roman identities out of the encounter between "barbarians" and provincial Romans, Conant argues that the idea of being Roman never really ceased to be fundamental among key elements of early medieval society, both in Africa and beyond, even after direct imperial control of the West had long since collapsed. However, he contends that what it meant to be Roman in the early Middle Ages was constantly changing; and in Africa specifically, the Vandal conquest precipitated the emergence of three competing definitions of Romanness political, cultural, and religious all of which remained operational into the early Islamic era and beyond.
Conant's second book project focuses on Carolingian external relations and how these illuminate the Frankish rulers' understanding and exercise of empire. Conant has also authored shorter pieces on the diffusion of North African saints' cults in the early medieval Mediterranean; on lay literacy and documentary practice in late Roman and early medieval North Africa; and on the Vandal-era North African Jewish community.
Staying Roman: Conquest and Identity in Africa and the Mediterranean, 439–700 (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
Articles and Chapters:
"Public Administration, Private Individuals, and the Written Word in Late Antique North Africa, c. 284–700." In: Laypeople and Documents in the Early Middle Ages, ed. A.J. Kosto, M. Innes, W.C. Brown, and M. Costambeys (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Pp. 36–62
"Europe and the African Cult of Saints, circa 350–-900: An Essay in Mediterranean Communications." Speculum 85 (2010): 1–46
"Private Documentation and Literacy in Vandal North Africa: The Case of the Albertini Tablets." In: Vandals, Romans and Berbers: New Perspectives on Late Antique Africa, ed. A.H. Merrills (Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2004). Pp. 199–224
North Africa under Byzantium and Early Islam, ca. 500–ca. 800. Co-edited with Susan T. Stevens (Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, in production)
“Sanctity and the Networks of Empire.” In: North Africa under Byzantium and Early Islam, ca. 500–ca. 800, ed. Susan T. Stevens and Jonathan P. Conant (Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, in production)
"Louis the Pious and the Contours of Empire." Early Medieval Europe (in production)“Romanness in the Age of Attila.” In: The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Attila, ed. Michael Maas (Cambridge University Press, in production)
|1996||BA||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2014
Andrew Heiskell Post-Doctoral Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome, 2009-2010
Junior Fellowship in Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., 2002-2003
Packard Fellowship, Harvard University, 2001-2002
Graduate Seminar in Numismatics, American Numismatic Society, New York, summer 1999
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, 1997-2001
American Historical Association
Medieval Academy of America
American Academy in Rome
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