International Medieval Congress begins in Leeds

Thousands of medievalists have come to the British city of Leeds to take part in the 2024 International Medieval Congress. One of the largest conferences in medieval studies, this year’s theme is ‘Crisis’.

The University of Leeds is hosting the annual event, which will have 721 sessions and over 2100 papers covering a wide variety of topics in the field of medieval studies. The conference begins today, Monday, July 1st, and finishes on Thursday, July 4th.


As in previous years, the Confex virtual platform will enable attendees from around the globe to participate live in IMC sessions both as presenters and audience members, while also facilitating simultaneous participation for speakers who are unable to present in Leeds in-person.

“We are very pleased to be working closely with Confex again this year,” said Axel Müller, Congress Director, “As we get closer to IMC 2024, both the IMC team and Confex are working hard to deliver a top-quality experience for colleagues across this hybrid platform.”


Keynote speakers this year include:

  • Tim Soens on ‘Crisis from the Urban Low Countries’
  • Carenza Lewis on ‘Ceramic Pandemics: New Insights from Archaeology into Crises Ancient and Modern’
  • Nicole Archambeau on ‘A Crisis of Consolation: Experiencing the Sacrament of Penance in the 14th Century’
  • Zaroui Pogossian on ‘Crises and Response: Texts and Social Practices in Medieval Armenia’.
  • Monica H. Green will deliver the annual Medieval Academy of America (MAA) lecture on ‘Crisis under a Microscope – The Black Death, Multidisciplinarity, and the Global Middle Ages’.
  • Stephen Patzold will give the Early Medieval Europe (EME) lecture on ‘More than Canon Law: Collecting and Using canones in Early Medieval Europe’

To learn more about the congress, please visit the IMC website.