Illinois Medieval Association 

Serving Illinois Medievalists since 1983

Welcome to the Illinois Medieval Association

About us

Welcome to the Illinois Medieval Association. Since 1983, IMA has promoted medieval studies in Illinois and the Midwest, hosting an annual meeting and publishing proceedings from those meetings in Essays in Medieval Studies (EMS). This site will provide updated information on the society, its officers, meetings, and EMS.

We have migrated from our old web server to this one. Unfortunately, the archive of Essays in Medieval Studies did not migrate. Eventually, we will have the archive running here. In the mean time, if you need an article, email Mike Hollis-George ( with the volume number and article title, and we will email you the article. 

2023-2024 IMA Symposium

8 September 2023
Registration is now open for the September 15 session of this year's 40th Illinois Medieval Association Symposium. The session is free and available via Zoom. We will send the Zoom link to registrants once registration closes. 

13 July 2023
The CFP for our January 26, 2024 session (
“Gain through Loss: Accruing Spiritual Wealth from Voluntary Poverty”) is now available.

23 June 2023
The call for papers for the October 13 session of this year's IMA symposium is now live. 

6 June 2023 
The general call for papers for the 2023-2024 IMA Symposium, now in its 40th year, is available. Individual sessions will have their own CFPs and deadlines, as well. 

2022-23 IMA Symposium

5 October 2022
Registration is now open for the October 14 and October 28 (Medieval Monstrosities) sessions of the 2022-23 IMA Symposium. Registration closes the day before each session. 

25 September 2022
The first session of the 2022-23 IMA Symposium on medieval environments, which is entitled Middle English Literary Environments, will be Friday, September 30, at 3:00 CDT. Registration is open and available through September 29. The session is completely free and online via Zoom. 

2021-22 IMA Symposium

2 May 2022
The theme for the 2022-2023 Illinois Medieval Association Symposium is Medieval Environments. Symposium sessions will be distributed throughout the year, and the Symposium is online and completely free. The general call for papers is now available, and each session has its own date and submission deadline. Individual CFPs for each session will appear shortly. 

12 February 2022
Registration for Identity, Trauma, Poverty on February 19 (1:00 CST) is now open. Registration will close February 17. The event is free and will be online. Go to to register. 

Registration for Humor, Laughter, Identity, and Reactions to Trauma on February 26 (1:00 CST) is now open. Registration will close February 24. The event is free and will be online. Go to to register. 

Registration for Navigating Identity in Medieval East Asia on March 5 (1:00 CST) is now open. Registration will close March 3. The event is free and will be online. Go to to register. 

26 January 2022
Registration is now open for our plenary lecture: Katherine Jasper, "“The Communication of Trauma and Monastic Friendship.” The plenary will occur at 1:00 pm CST on February 12. 

31 December 2021
The (nearly) complete program for the 2021-2022 IMA Symposium is now available. We have a slate of sessions scheduled for the Spring term. Registration information will be posted for each session in the near future. 

Registration is now open for our next panel, "Disease, Punishment, and Martyrs," which will run at 1:00 pm CST on January 22. Registration closes January 20 so that we can get the link sent to registrants. 

4 November 2021
Join us for a special (post-) Halloween event: Medieval Monstrosity, at 1:00 Central on November 13, featuring presentations by Mickey Sweeny and Libby Escobedo. Registration is required, but the event is free. Register at Medieval Monstrosity

12 July 2021
Our first session for the 2020-2021 IMA Symposium is set. Join us at 1:00 CST, September 25, for "Place, Space, and Identity in Medieval Literature." To register, go to Registration is free. 

25 June 2021
The updated call for papers is now available for the 2021-22 IMA symposium. We are accepting rolling submissions for this free, virtual series of panels. See the CFP for details. 

22 May 2021
We are changing the format of our annual conference. To be brief, rather than a two-day, in-person event, IMA will sponsor a serious of virtual (Zoom, MS Teams, Facebook Live) paper sessions on a specific topic throughout the academic year.

37th Annual IMA Conference

27 January 2021
The schedule and list of participants is now available, and the full conference website is now available at

20 January 2021
Registration for the 37th IMA conference, hosted by Dominican University, is now available. Note that the conference this year is both virtual and free. Register directly on the conference registration website

27 July 2020
The 37th  IMA conference will be hosted by Dominican University and will take place 20-21 February 2021. Because of uncertainties associated with COVID-19, this conference will be an online conference. The call for papers is now available, and registration will be available soon. 

36th Annual IMA Conference

30 November 2019
Conference information and the conference registration form for the 2020 IMA conference is now available on the conference website

8 May 2019
The 37th IMA Conference will be held at Saint Mary's College in South Bend, IN on February 21-22, 2019. The Call for Papers is now available (Deadline September 15, 2019). Plenary speakers will be Bernard McGinn and Dot Porter. 

36th Annual IMA Conference

8 February 2019
Due to circumstances beyond our control the 2019 Illinois Medieval Association conference has been canceled. We are proceeding with plans for the 2020 conference, to be held at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN. 

12 October 2018 
The conference will be held February 23 and 24, 2019. The call for papers is now available. 

8 March 2018
The 36th Annual Illinois Medieval Association Conference will be held at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The date and theme have yet to be determine, so check back here.

35th Annual IMA Conference

14 February 2018
The conference schedule is now online at

January 2018
Registration for the 35th annual IMA conference is now available. 

31 July 2017
The CFP for the 35th Annual Illinois Medieval Association Conference has now been posted. 

9 June 2017
The 2018 IMA conference will be February 16-17 at Loyola University Chicago. The theme of the conference is "Reframing Medieval Bodies." An official CFP will be issued shortly.

6 April 2017
Loyola University Chicago will host the 2018 IMA conference. Dates will be announced in the next month or two.

34th Annual IMA Conference

9 February 2017
The schedule is now available

6 January 2016
Registration for the 34th IMA conference at Northwestern University will be up soon. 

12 April 2016
The 34th annual IMA conference (2017) will be held at Northwestern University. Exact dates and a topic have yet to be determined.

33rd Annual IMA Conference

17 February 2016
The program for the 2016 IMA conference is finally available!

21 January 2016
Registration is now open for the 2016 IMA conference. Early registration runs through February 16, 2016. 

November, 2015
The call for papers for the 33rd Annual Illinois Medieval Association conference--to be held Feb. 26-27 at Millikin University in Decatur, IL--is now available. 

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The Illinois Medieval Association now operates on an individual-membership model. Membership provides you with access to our members-only pages, updates on events, and much more.

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32nd Annual Conference

The 32nd Annual Illinois Medieval Association conference was held February 21-22, 2015 at Saint Louis University. Keynote speakers were Cynthia Robinson of Cornell University and John Van Engen of the University of Notre Dame.

The 33rd Annual IMA conference will be held February 26-28, 2016 at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. The topic for the conference is medievalism. The call for papers will be available sometime in early September, with a November deadline for proposals. 

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Phone: 217-362-6465


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