Participation and Acceptance Criteria

We welcome papers on any topic relating to the Middle Ages (300-1500).

Anyone is welcome to propose a session or paper, though we recommend that postgraduate students should be in their second year of research before presenting at the IMC.

  • You may only present one paper at the IMC each year. If you submit more than one paper, we will ask you to choose which paper you want to withdraw.
  • You must present your paper in person at the IMC. If you cannot attend the IMC, it is not possible to have your paper read on your behalf or to give your paper remotely.
  • Each session organiser can only submit a maximum of four sessions of papers, plus one round table.
  • There is no limit on the number of sessions you can be involved in as a moderator, respondent, or round table participant, but we recommend not being actively involved in more than seven sessions.
  • Each session may have a maximum of two organisers.

We accept papers in all major European languages. However, to ensure sessions are broadly accessible, if you do give a paper in another language we recommend that you provide a short handout for/abstract of your presentation in English.

Sessions are held in fourteen 90-minute time-slots over the four days of the IMC, plus three evening slots for round tables discussions. Evening slots are usually scheduled for 60 minutes, but we understand that these sessions will often overrun. Over 50 different sessions may be running in any one slot.

Acceptance criteria

Paper proposals will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Originality of content.
  • Clarity of content and expression.
  • Provision of complete and accurate information on the proposal form.
  • Contribution to overall coherence and diversity of the programme.

The IMC Programming Committee will assess all individual paper submissions and group them into sets of three which share a common theme to create new sessions.

Session proposals will be subject to the same criteria, but will also be assessed on:

  • Overall coherence and demonstration of a clear academic rationale.
  • Overall number of sessions submitted by the organiser (no more than four session per organiser).
  • Diversity of session participants, e.g. in terms of institution, academic background, career progression, nationality.