Browsing the Second-Hand Bookfair at the International Medieval Congress

Call for Proposals: International Medieval Research

This year over 2,000 individual papers were presented across nearly 750 sessions at the International Medieval Congress – our biggest programme ever.

If you saw some high-quality papers that you think could be worthy of publication, you are welcome to propose a volume for the International Medieval Research series.

The Institute for Medieval Studies produces the series in partnership with Brepols Publishers. Although the IMC does not publish its proceedings each year, International Medieval Research seeks to showcase research which is shared and developed at the IMC.

Anyone is eligible to propose a volume of 10-20 selected, edited papers, united around a common theme, that have been presented at the IMC. The person who makes the proposal should either be willing to edit the volume themselves, or nominate an editor. Papers should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words. Articles have been published in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

A total of 24 volumes have now been published, including:

  • IMR 24: Pleasure in the Middle Ages, Naama Cohen-Hanegbi and Piroska Nagy (eds.)
  • IMR 23: Miracles in Medieval Canonization Processes: Structures, Functions, and Methodologies, Christian Krötzl and Sari Katajala-Peltomaa (eds.)
  • IMR 22: Approaches to Poverty in Medieval Europe: Complexities, Contradictions, Transformations, c. 1100-1500, Sharon Farmer (ed.)
  • IMR 21: Travel and Mobilities in the Middle Ages: From the Atlantic to the Black Sea, Felicitas Schmieder and Marianne O’Doherty (eds.)

Find more information on every volume in the International Medieval Research series, as well as the Editorial Board, on the main IMC website.

We are always keen to hear new proposals from interested scholars. If you would like to propose a future volume or receive further information on the process, contact The Editorial Board will consider an informal proposal first, before deciding whether to invite you to submit a formal proposal for consideration by Brepols.

Dragon puppets in the combat arena at IMC 2018

Image gallery: Thursday

All the delegates who have attended all 25 Congresses received a special commemorative mug, handmade by John Hudson Claypotter.

Image gallery: Wednesday

Image gallery: Tuesday

Combat workshop participants at the International Medieval Congress 2018 at the University of Leeds

Image gallery: Sunday and Monday

Dragon puppets from Headstrung. The dragons will appear at Making Leeds Medieval during IMC 2018.

Making Leeds Medieval: here be dragons!

Smoke-breathing dragons will swoop and soar over the crowds as we bring this year’s International Medieval Congress to a close.

For the first time, two gigantic dragons will fly around the University of Leeds campus during Making Leeds Medieval on Thursday 5 July, courtesy of Headstrung Puppet Theatre. Each dragon will make its way around University Square, just outside Leeds University Union, for three separate laps throughout the day: the first around 10.45 near the start of festivities; another during the lunch break; and the final flight will take place around 15.30, just before the last academic sessions begin.

Making Leeds Medieval is the IMC’s biggest public event, inviting people across the city to visit campus and immerse themselves in the Middle Ages. The dragon display completes the programme for the day’s events, which will include combat displays from 3 Swords, birds of prey, live music courtesy of Daughters of Elvin, and a variety of craft demonstrations.

Regular exhibitor The Mulberry Dyer will be showing visitors how to make paper using historically-inspired techniques. We are also delighted that Eran ud Turan will bring interactive displays of techniques from the Near East and Central Asia, such as calligraphy, clothing and armour, and a demonstration of coin-striking. Nadeem Ahmad will give a short talk offering a brief introduction to the Sogdians, who developed extensive trading networks all along the Silk Road, at 14.30.

Textile and art-lovers can also gaze in awe at two volunteer-run embroidery projects seeking to preserve the lesser-known battles of 1066. The completed Battle of Fulford Tapestry and ongoing Stamford Bridge Tapestry Project use medieval iconography, creating heirlooms to answer Bayeux.

As always, many of the traders from Wednesday’s Medieval Craft Fair will stay on for Making Leeds Medieval, giving you the chance to browse handmade and medieval-inspired items such as hand-bound books, jewellery, clothing, textiles and beads.

Societies working to conserve and promote the history of Leeds, Yorkshire and the UK as a whole will also be on campus, as our Historical and Archaeological Societies Fair takes place nearby.

Check IMC Fairs for full lists of exhibitors and exhibition plans.

Making Leeds Medieval takes place 10.30-18.00 on Thursday 5 July, across University Square and in Leeds University Union.

Bookfair in Parkinson Court at the International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds

Mailing your books home after IMC 2018

With over 30 individual exhibitors taking over Parkinson Court at this year’s IMC Bookfair, plus everything on offer at the Second-Hand and Antiquarian Bookfair and the Medieval Craft Fair, and even IMC souvenirs, many delegates might be wondering how they could fit all their purchases in their suitcases.

Thanks to the University of Leeds’ Mailroom team, this year you will have the opportunity to send your books and other purchases home without facing an excess baggage fee.

Mailroom staff will be on hand in Parkinson Court, Thursday 5 July, 09.00-14.00. Wrapping materials including boxes, paper and tape will be available for purchase, and staff will help you package up your purchases to get them home in one piece.

Each parcel will be weighed to calculate the cost of postage – please note you will only be able to pay by credit or debit card at this desk. Cash payments will not be accepted.

If you are not able to ship your packages home on Thursday, you may need to visit the nearest Post Office. This is in the St John’s Centre, on Albion Street in Leeds city centre. Packing materials are also available to buy there and payments can usually be accepted by either cash or credit or debit card. A variety of mailing options are available, including next-day and recorded deliveries.

The St John’s Centre is on Albion Street, close to the Ibis Styles and Radisson Blu Hotels. It is roughly a 15-minute walk from campus, with regular buses (1, 6, 28, 97) running from the stop opposite the Parkinson Building to just outside the Post Office.

Find Leeds St Johns Post Office on Google Maps

Post Office opening times during IMC week:

Monday 09.00-17.30

Tuesday 09.30-17.30

Wednesday 09.00-17.30

Thursday 09.00-17.30

Friday 09.00-17.30

If you need any help finding the Post Office once you arrive at the IMC, visit the Information and Payment Desk in the Refectory Foyer, where we can provide a map and directions.

Evening receptions at International Medieval Congress 2017

IMC 25: Celebrations on Campus

Next week, the University of Leeds is hosting the 25th annual International Medieval Congress. We hope you will join us in celebrating this milestone with a variety of anniversary events on campus.

The traditional Wednesday IMC reception will be particularly spectacular this year with special entertainment and refreshments. As we raise a glass to the Congress, live music will be performed by Daughters of Elvin – whom some delegates may remember from the 2016 IMC Feast – while stilt-walkers and other roving performers will be on hand. Join us in University Square outside the Marquee, 18.00-19.00, for a drink and a sweet treat, as we also recognise the ten delegates who have attended every single Congress since it began.

Throughout the week, there will be plenty of opportunities to remember Congresses past and to look to the future of medieval studies. Inside the Marquee throughout the week, a short exhibition will explore the history of the IMC. Using images from the past 25 years, the exhibition covers the Congress from its origins in the early 1990s to this year’s record-breaking event. The exhibition is the perfect way to reminisce with colleagues – or, to find out more as a first year delegate about one of the largest medieval studies conferences in the world.

Close by in University Square, IMC staff will be on hand in the Memories gazebo, where you can share your memories or first impressions of the IMC by contributing a postcard to our special display. The memories added to this display will be kept by the Congress team, to display and to keep for future years. Remember, you can also submit your favourite IMC stories through the Memories form on this site.

2018 is a significant year for Leeds medievalists. As well as the 25th Congress, this academic year has seen the 50th anniversaries of Leeds’ other medieval institutions, the Institute for Medieval Studies (IMS) and the International Medieval Bibliography. The IMS created a special exhibition in honour of these occasions, and we are delighted that ’50 Years of Medieval Studies at Leeds’ will be displayed again for IMC delegates on the first-floor gallery of the Parkinson Building (outside the Nathan Bodington Council Chamber).

If you want to read personal stories from Leeds medievalists past and present, and find out more about the development of medieval studies in the past five decades, the IMS is also running an interactive exhibition based on archival research and extensive interviews. The site will continue to be updated over the summer as more and more medievalists tell us their stories.


Banners on campus welcoming delegates to the International Medieval Congress

Sexual Harassment in the Academy: Informal Discussion

A new informal discussion session has been added to this year’s International Medieval Congress to discuss issues surrounding sexual harassment in academia.

‘Sexual Harassment in the Academy: Where Do We Go from Here?’ will take place on Wednesday 4 July during the lunch break, 13.00-14.00, in the Michael Sadler Building: Room LG. 10.

Sexual Harassment in the Academy: Where Do We Go from Here?

Building on discussions from previous IMCs and in the wake of the #MeToo movement, this session is an informal discussion where participants are invited to share their experiences and contribute to what we as academics can do to prevent sexual harassment in the academy. Although institutional policies exist, the vast amount of cases that have come to light in recent months demonstrate that further work is needed to protect staff and students from harassment. It is hoped that this session will be an open-ended discussion, allowing the safe sharing of initiatives and experiences, as well as positing solutions that staff can take back to their own institutions to implement.  Live tweeting of the session will be in place to ensure all who wish to participate can do so.

Please note this is an informal discussion and a safe space for all participants: it is not intended to be a formal round table but an expression of ideas for the future. All academic staff, independent scholars and students welcome.

This discussion will be led by Gabrielle Storey (University of Winchester).

The IMC 2018 programme is continuing to expand with several informal events, including an informal gathering organised by the Medievalists with Disabilities Network on Monday 2 July.

We will update this site with major changes and additions as we approach the IMC. Detailed information on withdrawn and new papers and sessions, title changes and location changes will be given in the Addenda/Corrigenda document in all delegate registration packs, as well as on the last-minute changes screens in Parkinson Court and the Refectory Foyer.

An updated PDF of the academic programme, incorporating all the changes from the Addenda/Corrigenda, will also be published on this site next week. The fully searchable, up-to-date programme is on the main IMC website.

#disIMC: Medievalists with Disabilities at IMC 2018

The IMC programme has expanded again with an informal gathering organised by the Medievalists with Disabilities network.

On Monday 2 July, the network will host an informal gathering in Michael Sadler Building LG.10, 13.00-14.00. Disabled delegates and their allies are invited to bring their own lunch and get to know other medievalists with disabilities or support their colleagues. You do not need to be a member of the Medievalists with Disabilities network to attend.

Michael Sadler LG.10 has step-free access via the Beech Grove Plaza entrance and a flat floor. An infrared hearing loop is installed in the room for use by delegates with hearing impairments, who will be able to borrow a receiver for the system from IMC.

The Medievalists with Disabilities Network has also organised a round table discussion on Monday 2 July. In a change to the advertised programme, this session will now take place at 16.30-18.00 in the School of Music Foyer.

The change has been made so the session can be live-streamed, enabling medievalists around the world who cannot attend in person to take part in the discussion for the first time in the IMC’s history. We will update this post and our social media feeds with information on where to watch the session nearer the time.

#disIMC: Current Challenges to Accessibility and Ways Forward – A Round Table Discussion
At the IMC 2017, Medievalists with Disabilities hosted its first event. #disIMC was a ‘bring your own lunch’ affair, slotted into the timetable at the last minute. It was a great success and marked the beginning of the Medievalists with Disabilities (#dismed) network.

This round table discussion will discuss accessibility in higher education and ways that we can address issues. We take the term disabilities in the broadest possible sense, incorporating invisible and visible conditions, chronic illness, and mental health, to name but a few. Panellists will address issues individuals have overcome in Higher Education, discuss what it is like to be in HE with a disability/chronic condition, and pinpoint issues that need further attention.

Step-free access for the School of Music is via an easy ramp leading up to the main entrance. A lift inside the building services every floor.

If you will need to use assistive listening systems anywhere on campus during the Congress, or you have any other specific requirements, such as building access needs or information in alternative formats, please contact the IMC team and let us know as soon as possible. For more information on accessibility at the IMC, see p. 28 of the printed programme or the main IMC website.