About the IMC

International Medieval Congress

The IMC provides an interdisciplinary forum for sharing ideas relating to all aspects of the Middle Ages.

Organised and administered by the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds, since its inception in 1994 the IMC has worked to cultivate the field of medieval studies by bringing researchers from different countries, backgrounds, and disciplines together, providing opportunities for networking and professional development in an open and inclusive environment.

As the largest Congress of its kind in Europe, the IMC regularly attracts more than 2,000 medievalists from all over the world. In addition to the academic programme, the IMC hosts a wide variety of concerts, exhibitions, and excursions, which are open to delegates and the public alike. It also seeks to foster a scholarly community by providing spaces for networking and socialising. This year’s IMC will be the 25th in its history and will take place 2-5 July 2018 on the northern part of the main campus of the University of Leeds.

Structure and organisation

Academic support for the IMC is provided by an international Programming Committee, where individual members act as specialists for individual programming strands. They are responsible for assessing proposals, collating individual paper proposals into coherent sessions, and proposing special keynote speakers.

The IMC is also supported by its Standing Committee, comprising a group of medievalists from the Institute for Medieval Studies. They advise on academic matters such as selection of new Programming Committee members and each year’s special thematic strand, as well as advising the IMC administration team on strategic, operational, and developmental issues.

Leeds Institute for Medieval Studies

The Institute for Medieval Studies is home to a thriving community of more than 50 medievalists, as well as an outstanding library. It offers interdisciplinary MA and PhD study, including innovative language teaching and research skills training.

As well as the IMC, the IMS is responsible for producing the International Medieval Bibliography (IMB). Since its launch in 1967 this has proved to be an invaluable research tool, which is now also available online and in CD-ROM format to be used by researchers worldwide.

The IMS also acts as series editor for International Medieval Research (IMR), the series which publishes selected papers given at the IMC. So far more than 20 IMR volumes have been produced. For further details read about International Medieval Research.