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 worked to cultivate the field of medieval studies by bringing 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 the largest academic conference of its kind in Europe, the IMC attracts more than 2,000 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 1-4 July 2019.

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:

  • Catherine Batt (School of English)
  • Jacob Deacon (School of History / Institute for Medieval Studies) – Postgraduate researcher representative
  • Catherine Karkov (School of Fine Art, History of Art, and Cultural Studies / Institute for Medieval Studies)
  • Emilia Jamroziak (School of History / Director, Institute for Medieval Studies)
  • Graham Loud (School of History / Institute for Medieval Studies)
  • Federica Pich (School of Languages, Cultures and Societies – Italian)
  • Thomas Smith (School of History / Institute for Medieval Studies) – Early Career Researcher representative

Future IMC dates

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

6-9 July 2020

5-8 July 2021