International Medieval Congress returns to campus

The largest academic gathering in Europe for scholars interested in all aspects of the medieval period will return to campus this summer.

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Registration is now open to attend the 2022 International Medieval Congress (IMC), which runs from Monday 4 to Thursday 7 July.  

Dubbed the ‘Medieval Glastonbury Festival’ by delegates, the IMC has been held online since the pandemic struck in 2020. Run by the Institute for Medieval Studies, this year’s event will see more than 2,000 scholars from around the world descending on campus once again to present their research, with virtual participation available for those unable to travel to Leeds. 

IMC Director, Dr Axel Müller, said: “We’re very excited to be welcoming the world’s medievalists back to our beautiful campus. 

“Building on the success of last year’s virtual offering, we’re looking forward to bringing delegates together here in Leeds from around the world for vibrant, exciting conversations and to share the latest medieval research.

“We know many delegates have missed the experience of coming to Leeds and meeting up, and we’re delighted that – COVID-19 rules permitting – we will be able to return to an in-person congress.”

Creating and breaking down borders

With a special thematic focus on ‘Borders’, this year’s congress will involve more than 600 sessions exploring how medieval societies created and broke down all kinds of borders – be they social, political, cultural, economic or physical. 

Alongside the academic programme, a rich schedule of events will complement the hybrid experience, including the IMC bookfair, which will return to Parkinson Court. A range of in-person and virtual workshops will provide further opportunities for attendees to up-skill, socialise and network.

Since its inception, the IMC has brought thousands of researchers together from different countries, backgrounds and disciplines, providing professional development and networking opportunities in an open and inclusive environment. IMC 2022 aims to continue the annual tradition of festivities, with a range of stalls, exhibitions and research delegations open for all to visit.

Visit the IMC website for further information.

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