International Medieval Congress returns to campus


The largest academic conference of its kind in Europe, the International Medieval Congress (IMC), returns to campus for 2022 with the theme ‘Borders’.

Registration is now open to attend the 2022 International Medieval Congress (IMC), which runs from Monday 4 to Thursday 7 July. Open to the public, the IMC is organised by the University’s Institute for Medieval Studies.

The annual conference - dubbed the ‘Medieval Glastonbury Festival’ by delegates – returns to campus for the first time since the pandemic struck in 2020. This year will see more than 2,000 scholars from around the world come together to present their research, with virtual participation available for those unable to travel to Leeds.

IMC Director, Dr Axel Müller, said: “We’re very excited to be welcoming the world’s medievalists back to our beautiful campus.

“Building on the success of last year’s virtual offering, we’re looking forward to bringing delegates together here in Leeds from around the world for vibrant, exciting conversations and to share the latest medieval research.

“We know many delegates have missed the experience of coming to Leeds and meeting up, and we’re delighted that – COVID-19 permitting – we will be able to return to an in-person congress.”

Programme of events

The 29th congress will be centred around the theme of ‘Borders’ and will involve more than 600 sessions exploring how medieval societies created and broke down all kinds of borders – be they social, political, cultural, economic or physical.

From musical concerts to craft workshops, the IMC runs a varied programme of events open to the public alongside the academic programme.

Since its inception, the IMC has brought thousands of researchers together from different countries, backgrounds and disciplines, providing professional development and networking opportunities in an open and inclusive environment.

IMC 2022 aims to continue the annual tradition of festivities, with a range of stalls, exhibitions and research delegations open for all to visit.

Further information

For further details, visit the IMC website.