International Medieval Society, Paris
        Société Internationale des Médiévistes, Paris

        Association fondée sur la Loi du 1er juillet 1901
A 501(3)(c) non-profit incorporated in the USA
Affiliated with Laboratoire de médiévistique occidentale de Paris (LAMOP) - Paris I (Panthéon Sorbonne)

About the Society

The International Medieval Society-Paris is a non-profit association that welcomes international scholars of the Middle Ages in France and promotes international exchange with French colleagues. To this end, the IMS organizes monthly apéritifs in which scholars present their research projects for discussion as well as an annual three-day international symposium on a designated theme every June. Founded in 2003, the IMS has quickly grown both in size and in scope as it now counts art and architectural historians, historians, musicologists, and literary scholars from ten different countries among its members. In 2009, the IMS became officially affiliated with the Laboratoire de médiévistique occidentale de Paris (LAMOP) of Paris I-Sorbonne. The International Medieval Society-Paris is a cooperative association that relies on the participation of its members to realize its goals.


Upcoming Events

Symposium 2015:  Cities/Les Villes
25 June - 27 June, Paris

Call for Papers (en Français)

Poster (en Français)



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Aperitifs 2015


30 January:

Andrew Baume (Lycée Henri IV):  "Between England and France - The Problems and Pitfalls of                                                                   Medieval Research"

12 February:

Sasha Pfau (Hendrix College, Arkansas): 
"Prison Breaks" from the perspective of lettres de                                                                                         rémission

12 March:

David Murray (King's College, London): 'Les imitations occitanes de ''Can vei la lauzeta mover'' de Bernart de Ventadorn'.

16 April: 

Emerson Richards (Indiana University, Bloomington):  “Apocalypse through the eyes of a lamb: An interdisciplinary approach to New Jerusalem in Valenciennes Bibliothèque Municipale Ms. 99”

21 April: 

Susan Crane (Columbia University): "A Neglected Aspect of St. Francis’s Compassion for Animals"

12 May:

Troy Tice (Princeton): "Thomas of Bailly and the Penitential Anxieties of Medieval Parisians"

18 June:

Adam Grant (Minnesota): "Wedding Together Miracles and Misfortunes in Paris BNF fr. 12483".

The International Medieval Society, Paris is organizing in collaboration with several universities and learned societies three interdisciplinary workshops focusing on Animal, Gender and Image in Medieval Studies. 

Thanks to the support of the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature-Medium Aevum, we are able to help with the funding of the travel expenses for two UK (francophone) postgraduate students. If you would like to apply to these travel grants worth £100 each, please email the organiser with a CV including the name of two referees and a short justification for support.

For Registration or other inquiries, please write: i.fabry-tehranchi[at]

Please contact us for further details concerning
location, times, membership, etc.

IMS Paris Symposium books are available for purchase!

Difference and Identity in Francia and Medieval France,
(Selected Papers of the 2006 Symposium)
edited by Meredith Cohen and Justine Firnhaber-Baker.

Memory and Commemoration in Medieval Culture
(Selected Papers of the 2007 Symposium)
edited by Elma Brenner, Meredith Cohen, & Mary Franklin-Brown

Space in the Medieval West
(Selected Papers of the 2009 Symposium)
edited by Meredith Cohen & Fanny Madeline

L'Humain et l'Animal
(Selected Papers of the 2012 Symposium)
edited by Irène Fabry-Tehranchi & Anna Russakoff

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Recent Symposia

Symposium 2014:
Charlemagne After Charlemagne
Charlemagne après Charlemagne

26-28 June, Paris

Symposium 2013: Color/La couleur

27-29 June, Paris


Symposium 2012: Human/Animal

28 June-30 June, Paris


Past Symposia