We are excited to present the latest IMC Newsletter, launching the programme for the 26th International Medieval Congress on 1-4 July 2019.
This year’s Congress will take place on campus at the University of Leeds and will explore the special thematic strand of ‘Materialities’, co-ordinated by Anne Lester (Department of History, John Hopkins University), who visited Leeds last November and is now affectionately known as the IMC’s #materialgirl.
Around half of the 750 sessions in our academic programme will incorporate the ‘Materialities’ theme, including our four keynote speakers who will draw together different aspects of the strand: Katrin Kogman-Appel (Institut für Jüdische Studien, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), Emma Dillon (Department of Music, King’s College London), Maria Giuseppina Muzzarelli (Department of Medieval Studies, Università degli Studi di Bologna), and Marina Rustow (Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University).
Registration for the congress is set to open on Monday 11 February, with accommodation and travel information available on our website. We outlined changes to our registration process for this year yesterday, so we recommend you take a look in advance of booking. Additionally, for those who are still hoping to present their research, be sure to check the IMC website for our late call for papers as vacancies will be posted as they arise.
After the success of last year we will be continuing the tradition of our ‘New Voices’ lecture, which showcases emerging perspectives in medieval studies, and will welcome special lectures from Early Medieval Europe, Medieval Academy of America and Boydell & Brewer.
There will also be a variety of music, dance and storytelling performances throughout the week, with a concert by the senior boys and girls choirs of Leeds Cathedral one to surely mark in your diaries. The ‘Swords of the Silver Screen’ evening session, which explores combat sequences from medieval film and television, is set to be another highlight.
Ever popular excursions will be returning in the form of the Royal Armouries handling session and Fountains Abbey visit, but excursions to previously unvisited sights will also be on offer with day trips to the Tuxford Museum of the Horse and Calverley Old Hall. There is also the opportunity to get hands-on experience with one of our many workshops including our embroidery or bookbinding events.
Finally, for those already looking ahead to next year’s Congress, we introduce our IMC 2020 Call for Papers, with the special thematic strand ‘Borders’.
We look forward to welcoming you to Leeds this July and hope you enjoy finding out what’s in store.