The Institute for Medieval Studies (IMS)

The IMS is one of the major centres for interdisciplinary study in Medieval Studies in the UK.  Teaching and PhD supervision draws from a community of scholars whose range spans Europe, from Iceland to Africa and the Middle East, and from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance.

The Institute is home to the International Medieval Congress (IMC), Europe's largest annual gathering of medievalists, and the International Medieval Bibliography (IMB), the world's leading interdisciplinary bibliography of the Middle Ages.  

Next events

The Broad Church Meeting

This meeting of the Broad Church will discuss medieval lists, beginning with an introduction by Emilia Jamroziak, who will open the meeting with a discussion of a list of Cistercian saints. Starts at 3:00 pm.

Medieval History Seminar

Delivered by Dr Lucy Sackville (University of York), ‘Bishops and the Investigation of Heresy in High Medieval Italy’. Starts at 5:15 pm.

Excursion to York

The Bodies Ignored/Obsessed series, in association with the LUU Medieval Society, invites historians on an excursion to York, which will include visits to various venues and specialised tours. Starts at 9:00 am.

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Latest news

2018-19 Scholarship Deadlines

Applications for School of History and IMS Scholarships, as well as WRoCAH Scholarships, are now open, with the deadline for both being 24 January, 2018 at 17:00.

Bonfire Night Royal Armouries Interview

In time for bonfire night, the Royal Armouries interviewed Axel E W Müller, the Director of the IMC (International Medieval Congress), about the Firework Book, a 15th-century medieval manuscript.

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Staff profile

Marta Cobb

Late Middle English literature, especially Langland, Chaucer and Chaucer reception, Female mysticism, including Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich, Heritage management and education, The portrayal of witchcraft in literature, medieval to modern

Student Profile

Joanna Phillips

The Crusades; History of Medieval Medicine; Chronicles; Medieval Warfare; Kingship