IMC Strands

What are the Strands?

The aim of the strand structure is to ensure balanced coverage of all aspects of research into the wider European Middle Ages. 39 evenly-sized strands make up the overall pattern of the Congress. This enables programming development across the wide geographical and chronological range of Medieval Studies. Overlaps and duplications are inevitable and the strand structure is intended to be inclusive, not exclusive, in nature. Each session will be allocated to a minimum of one strand but can be listed in a number of strands.

Programming Committee members have special co-ordinating responsibilities for a single strand within their specific area of expertise. The strand co-ordinator's role includes identifying particular research areas and fields, groups, bodies, and societies with relevant interests associated to the strand. Their aim is to provide a platform for presenting cutting-edge, ground-breaking, and innovative research and/or reflecting on past research trends, incorporating new perspectives, methodologies, approaches, technologies, utilising the Congress' unique size and scope to consider comparative and in-depth research side by side. The strand co-ordinator shapes the format, structure, and dynamics of the strand and ultimately co-ordinates the strand section of the programme. For details about each strand, click on the links below.

In addition to the recurrent 39 strands, the Congress designates one special thematic strand each year. This is complimentary to the recurrent strands and is not intended to replace them. While the special thematic strand is a one-off, the ongoing strands offer the opportunity to develop ideas over a number of years.

Strand Co-ordinator
Special Thematic Strand 2019: Materialities Anne E. Lester, Johns Hopkins University
Special Thematic Strand 2020: Borders and Boundaries Nora Berend, University of Cambridge
Anglo-Saxon Studies Catherine A. M. Clarke, University of Southampton
Archaeology Sam Turner, Newcastle University
Art and Architecture Julian Gardner, University of Warwick
Byzantine Studies Shaun Tougher, Cardiff University
Celtic Studies Helen Fulton, University of Bristol
Central and Eastern European Studies Jarosław Wenta, Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika, Torun
Church History and Canon Law Brenda Bolton, University of London
Crusades Kurt Villads Jensen, Stockholms Universitet
Culture and Society Dolores Jørgensen, Universitetet i Stavanger
Daily Life Gerhard Jaritz, Central European University, Budapest
Drama Cora Dietl, Universität Giessen
Gender and Sexuality Diane Watt, University of Surrey
Geography and Settlement Studies Chris Lewis, University of London
Global Medieval Studies TBC
Government, Law, and Institutions Charles Insley, University of Manchester
Hagiography and Religious Writing Anne-Marie Helvétius, Université de Paris VIII
Health and Medicine Elma Brenner, Wellcome Library, London
Historiography Nadia Altschul, University of Glasgow
Islamic World Jo van Steenbergen, Universiteit Gent
Jewish Studies Alexandra F. C. Cuffel, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Language and Literature - Comparative Emma Campbell, Andrew Galloway, and Sieglinde Hartmann
Language and Literature - Germanic Sieglinde Hartmann, Universität Würzburg
Language and Literature - Middle English Andrew Galloway, Cornell University
Language and Literature - Romance Vernacular Emma Campbell, University of Warwick
Late Antique and Early Medieval Studies Yaniv Fox, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Latin Writing Danuta Shanzer, Universität Wien
Literacy and Communication Marco Mostert, Universiteit Utrecht
Manuscript Studies Dominque Stutzmann, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
Material Culture Annemarieke Willemsen, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden
Medievalism and the Reception of the Middle Ages Bettina Bildhauer, University of St Andrews
Mediterranean World Dolores López Pérez, Universitat de Barcelona
Monasticism and Religious Life Gert Melville, Technische Universität Dresden
Music and Liturgy Daniel DiCenso, College of the Holy Cross, Massachussetts
Philosophy and Political Thought Cary J. Nederman, Texas A&M University, College Station
Scandinavian Studies Åslaug Ommundsen, Universitetet i Bergen
Science, Technology, and Military History Steven A. Walton, Michigan Technological University
Social and Economic History Flocel Sabaté i Curull, Universitat de Lleida
Sources and Resources Simon Forde, Arc Humanities Press, Leeds
Theology and Biblical Studies Pavel Blažek, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Praha