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As the International Medieval Congress 2016 nears, MEETinLEEDS take a peek at what to expect at this year’s event, which will take place on 4-7 July 2016.

The event this year will really make the most of the open spaces and communal areas on campus, as well as the excellent facilities at the Refectory, Parkinson Building, Michael Sadler Building, stage@leeds, and University House.

“IMC 2015 passed a major milestone of including over 2000 actively involved participants, with 2016 expected to be even bigger and better!”

Hosting the Congress is a collaborative effort, with MEETinLEEDS not only ensuring that everyone has enough to eat and drink but also making sure that all the different meeting rooms and lecture theatres are fully resourced so that delegates have a seamless Congress. Many of the delegates attending the conference will stay at the University’s latest facility, Storm Jameson Court, which has been accredited with a 4-star grading for campus accommodation from Visit England.

IMC-FayreIMC 2015 passed a major milestone of including over 2000 actively involved participants, with the academic programme featuring a total of 653 sessions and round table discussions, with 2016 expected to be even bigger and better!

The theme for this year is ‘Food, Feast and Famine’, for the crucial importance of both phenomena in social and intellectual discourse, both medieval and modern, as well as their impact on many aspects of the human experience.

Axel Müller, Director of the International Medieval Congress said: I am confident that this year’s programme provides something for everyone, proving that Medieval Studies is continuing in its position to be at the forefront of research in all aspects of the humanities. All of us look forward to welcoming you to Leeds in July.

A number of new additions to the programme were added this year, including a special session in conjunction with the University Library’s Special Collections, sampling some of the riches of the collections’ holdings, such as their archives on J.R.R Tolkien. There are also a number of events happening in Leeds and around the country in conjunction with the congress that are sure to tickle the fancy of any medieval enthusiast!

Congress-AleThe traditional Congress Ale will again be available for delegate refreshment. This excellent ale is brewed using a complex mix of malts and hops producing a well-balanced, traditional Yorkshire beer. As the ale is an IMC exclusive:people have been waiting since last year to taste the hallowed brew again!
Combat-DisplayThe final day of the event, which is quickly becoming a staple fixture of the Congress are the ‘Making Leeds Medieval’ activities, will bring a number of medieval-inspired activities to the main campus, with displays of crafts and local produce as well as live entertainment including music, combat displays, re-enactment demonstrations, and a falconry display.

We for one cannot wait to welcome all for another summer filled with medieval merriment!

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