The International Medieval Congress in an annual conference "organized and administered by the Institute for Medieval Studies". This coming year marks the 21st meeting of the congress. The conference takes place at the University of Leeds and draws Medieval scholars from over fifty countries around the world to present individual papers and attend academic sessions. The International Medieval Congress is structured through strands in order to "ensure balanced coverage of all aspects of research into the wider European Middle Ages". Alongside traditional conference proceedings, the International Medieval Congress encourages participants to attend the various concerts, performances, readings, roundtables, and excursions across the conference dates.