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.