International Medieval Congress staff offer

Sword-bearing knights, falconry and dragons are among entertainment planned for this year’s International Medieval Congress (IMC).


The largest academic conference of its kind in Europe, the IMC is celebrating its 25th year in 2018, having moved from its original site at the former Bodington Hall to the main campus in 2013.

The historic occasion has struck a chord with medievalists. About 2,900 researchers from 60 countries are expected on campus during the four days (2-5 July), with up to 54 parallel sessions taking place at any time.

Half of these sessions will focus on the specially-selected anniversary theme of ‘Memory’, covering everything from how medieval communities remembered their dead to how popular culture remembers the Middle Ages today.

An exhibition about the IMC’s history at The Marquee in University Square will encourage delegates to share their own Congress memories, in recognition of the number of delegates who met their spouses, formed life-long friendships or developed their careers at the IMC.

In addition to its biggest ever academic programme, the IMC is running a wide range of events, fairs and exhibitions that are open to University staff and members of the public. Musical performances, the IMC Bookfair and Medieval Craft Fair are just a few of the events on offer.

International Medieval Congress June 2018Combat displays, birds of prey and craft demonstrations are among the medieval entertainment at Making Leeds Medieval on Thursday 5 July – and there will even be smoke-breathing dragons roaming University Square!

“Since 1994, when the IMC began, in excess of 20,000 people from more than 90 countries have come to Leeds to experience the Congress,” says Axel Müller, director of the IMC. “We’re very proud of the contribution the Congress makes to the University and to medieval studies research worldwide, and we’re excited to celebrate our 25th year with such an exciting and multi-faceted programme.”

Knights fighting at Medieval Congress July 2017University staff can also take advantage of a special offer to attend the IMC for just £75, instead of the full price of £228. This entitles them to access for all academic sessions and delegate-only drinks receptions, plus free tea and coffee.

But hurry, as registration closes on Friday 22 June! Staff should go to the IMC Office (1.03 Parkinson Building) with their staff ID to sign up.

Members of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures are entitled to have their fees paid by the IMC. Contact the IMC team for further information.

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