About the IMC

The International Medieval Congress (IMC) provides an interdisciplinary forum for sharing ideas relating to all aspects of the Middle Ages.

Since its inception in 1994 the IMC has brought researchers from different countries, backgrounds, and disciplines together, providing opportunities for networking and professional development in an open and inclusive environment.

It is organised and administered by the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds and takes place here on the main University campus. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a limited version of IMC 2020 took place virtually for the first time.

As the largest academic conference of its kind in Europe, the IMC regularly attracts more than 2,700 medievalists from all over the world. By providing spaces for networking and socialising, it seeks to foster a scholarly community. It also hosts a wide variety of concerts, exhibitions, and excursions, which are open to delegates and the public alike.

The next IMC will take place online between Monday 5 – Friday 9 July 2021.

Structure and organisation

An international Programming Committee provides academic support for the IMC. Individual members of the Committee act as specialists for one of nearly 40 separate programming strands. Committee members are responsible for assessing proposals, collating individual paper proposals into coherent sessions, and proposing special keynote speakers.

Find out more about our Programming Committee and strands

The IMC is also supported by its Standing Committee, comprising a group of medievalists from the Institute for Medieval Studies. They focus on academic matters such as selecting 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. The current members of the Standing Committee are:

  • Julia Barrow (School of History / Institute for Medieval Studies)
  • Catherine Batt (School of English / Institute for Medieval Studies)
  • Emma Cayley (School of Languages, Cultures and Societies – French / Institute for Medieval Studies)
  • James Doherty (School of History / Institute for Medieval Studies)
  • Alaric Hall (School of English / Institute for Medieval Studies)
  • Catherine Karkov (School of Fine Art, History of Art, and Cultural Studies / Institute for Medieval Studies)
  • James Titterton (School of History / Institute for Medieval Studies) – Early Career Researcher representative
  • Victoria Yuskaitis (School of History / Institute for Medieval Studies) – Postgraduate researcher representative

Future IMC Dates

Make a note in your diary for the next few Congresses:

  • 5-9 July 2021 (online)
  • 4-7 July 2022
  • 3-6 July 2023*
  • 1-4 July 2024*
  • 7-10 July 2025*

* These dates are not yet confirmed.