CFP: British Archaeological Association at Leeds IMC 2022, deadline 24 September 2021

The British Archaeological Association invites proposals for their organised sessions at the 2022 International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds (4th-7th July 2022). It is hoped that the 2022 conference will return to the in-person format in 2022 after two years online.

The IMC’s research theme for 2022 is “Borders”, a topic which can be interpreted in numerous ways:

  • Political and military borders
  • Living in border zones
  • Medieval and Modern perceptions, descriptions, and conceptualizations of borders
  • Delimiting borders, border markers
  • Border maintenance
  • Encountering and experiencing borders
  • Bordering practices
  • Borderscapes in the longue durée
  • Symbolic borders
  • Belonging and exclusion
  • Mapping borders and border zones
  • Border institutions
  • Materiality of borders
  • Border and power
  • Migration
  • Medieval imagery of borders
  • Transnationalism
  • Political, social, cultural, religious performance of borders
  • Village and parish boundaries
  • Boundaries between town and
  • countryside and within towns
  • Practices of delimitation
  • Blurring boundaries such as
  • human/animal, animate/inanimate,
  • gender, age, status, religion
  • Self and other, boundaries of the self
  • Fluidity and fixity of borders
  • Borders in manuscripts
  • Material and visual borders
  • Processual and performative turns and
  • medieval borders
  • Disciplinary boundaries
  • Paratexts as borders
    Borders of the body
    Transcending and reaffirming
  • boundaries between life and death
  • Borders, boundaries, frontiers

A full list of suggested topics and more details can be found here:

It is hoped that we can organise several sessions once again, with similar papers grouped together (either methodologically or by subject).

Proposals should consist of a paper title, your affiliation, and a short abstract (50-100 words).
Please send paper proposals to Harriet Mahood ( by Friday 24th September 2021.


Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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