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. 35 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 35 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 Strand Co-ordinator Strand Strand Co-ordinator

Anglo-Saxon Studies

Elaine Treharne, Stanford University

Language and Literature - Germanic

Sieglinde Hartmann, Universität Würzburg


Sam Turner, Newcastle University

Language and Literature - Middle English

Andrew Galloway, Cornell University

Art and Architecture

Julian Gardner, University of Warwick

Language and Literature - Romance Vernacular

Keith Busby, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Byzantine Studies

Shaun Tougher, Cardiff University

Late Antique and Early Medieval Studies

Yitzhak Hen, University of the Negev, Beer Sheva

Celtic Studies

Helen Fulton, University of York

Latin Writing

Danuta Shanzer, Universität Wien

Central and Eastern European Studies

Jaroslaw Wenta, Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika, Torun

Literacy and Communication

Marco Mostert, Universiteit Utrecht

Church History and Canon Law

Brenda M. Bolton, University of London

Material Culture

John Cherry, British Museum, London

Crusades and Latin East

Kurt Villads Jensen, University of Southern Denmark, Odense

Medievalism and Reception of the Middle Ages

Bettina Bildhauer, University of St Andrews

Culture and Society

Christian Rohr, Universität Bern

Mediterranean and Islamic Studies

Jo van Steenbergen, Universiteit Gent

Daily Life

Gerhard Jaritz, Central European University, Budapest

Monasticism and Religious Life

Gert Melville, Technische Universität Dresden


Cora B. Dietl, Universität Giessen

Music and Liturgy

Nils Holger Petersen, Københavns Universitet

Gender Studies/Women's Studies

Diane Watt, University of Surrey

Philosophy and Political Thought

Geography and Settlement Studies

Chris Lewis, University of London

Scandinavian Studies

Torstein Jørgensen, Universitetet i Bergen

Government and Institutions

Charles Insley, University of Manchester

Science, Technology and Military History

Steven A. Walton, Michigan Technological University

Hagiography and Religious Writing

Anne-Marie Helvétius, Université de Paris VIII

Social and Economic History

Flocel Sabaté i Curuell, Universitat de Lleida


Sources and Resources

Simon Forde, Co-Operative for the Advancement of Research through a Medieval European Network (CARMEN), University of York

Jewish Studies

Eva Frojmovic, University of Leeds

Theology and Biblical Studies

Pavel Blažek, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague

Language and Literature - Comparative

co-ordinated by Keith Busby, Andrew Galloway, and Sieglinde Hartmann