Leeds International Medieval Congress 1-4 July, 2013

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By Irene O’Daly

For every medievalist, the surest sign of summer is not an increase in temperatures, or the prospect of holidays, but the rolling around of the annual Leeds IMC. This year the conference had a new home, moving from the 1960s university accommodation complex in the green fields outside Leeds into the main city-centre site. Cue a lot of confused medievalists settling into new rooms and finding our way… Attended by over 1500 participants, the IMC is testament to the vibrancy of medieval studies in the UK and beyond, and this year’s conference proved no exception. The move to the new site prompted a reflection on the meeting of the old and the new. As the conference is now in its twentieth year, it has a stalwart set of attendees – familiar faces from around the world; for younger scholars, it’s inspirational to present at the conference…

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