About the Institute for Medieval Studies

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The Institute for Medieval Studies brings together medievalists from across the University of Leeds and beyond to form a community of scholars working on the societies and cultures of the European and global Middle Ages. Their range spans Europe, from Iceland to Africa and the Near East, and from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance, and they include historians, literary scholars, linguists, and art historians.

Notable strengths in MA teaching and PhD research include: liturgy and music; medieval warfare, crusades, tournaments, and arms and armour; cultural history of the post-Roman period; Anglo-Saxon art, history and culture; mission, monasticism, ecclesiastical history; European languages and their literatures, including medieval romances, Arthurian legend, and Dante; gender studies; history of medicine and of everyday life; book art; art history and critical theory. Geographical areas of expertise cover: England from the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms to the later Middle Ages; Iberia, Italy, Africa, and the Latin East; France, Germany, Scandinavia, and the Baltic region.

Students at Leeds benefit from the University Library, one of the largest research libraries in the UK, and from many other libraries and archives in and around Leeds. The archive and library of the Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society, with a large holding on medieval subjects, has been moved to the University Library.

The Institute is home to the International Medieval Congress, Europe's largest annual gathering of medievalists, and the International Medieval Bibliography, the world's leading interdisciplinary bibliography of the Middle Ages. Together, these unique enterprises enable you to gain practical as well as academic experience, while links with publishers, museums, and research projects provide opportunities for internships and work experience. Collaboration with the Royal Armouries enriches teaching and research on chivalry, arms, armour, tournaments and medieval warfare. In addition, Yorkshire’s matchless countryside, medieval castles, churches, and abbeys are near at hand.


The Institute for Medieval Studies has a dedicated academic, academic-related and professional staff that teach, research and organise a broad range of projects and events related to all aspects of medieval studies:

Emilia Jamroziak, Director of the Institute, Professor of Medieval Religious History

Julia Barrow, Professor in Medieval Studies
William Flynn, Lecturer in Medieval Latin
Alan V. Murray, Senior Lecturer in Medieval Studies, Editorial Director IMB
Melanie Brunner, Lecturer in Medieval Studies, Project Editor IMB
Charlotte Eichler, Assistant Editor IMB
Axel E. W. Müller, Director of the IMC
Marta Cobb,Senior Congress Officer IMC, Teaching Fellow
Kate Hilditch, Congress Liaison Officer IMC
Sarah Parkin, Congress Officer IMC
Fiona Livermore, Congress Officer IMC
Victoria Yuskaitis, IMS Website Intern
Polly Clare-Hudson, IMS Open Lectures Intern

Ella Muir, IMS Communications Intern
Lucy Guest, IMS Anniversary Intern