29th ICM Announces Plenary Speaker

The 29th ICM is delighted to announce the plenary speaker for this year’s conference. Dr Rob Meens (Universiteit Utrecht) will be giving the keynote paper, which is entitled ‘Columbanus and the Practice of Penance in Early Medieval Europe’. Given that this year is the 1400th anniversary of the death of Columbanus, this is especially appropriate.

Dr Meens is a distinguished scholar with many publications. He is particularly noted for his work on penance and the penitentials but has also published on a variety of topics related to canon law and the practice of preaching. His ground-breaking monograph, Penance in the Middle Ages, 600-1200 (Cambridge 2014), appeared recently. It is with great pleasure that we welcome him to the 29th ICM.

Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Prize for Best Graduate Paper at the ICM

Last year the ICM inaugurated the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Prize for the best graduate paper submitted to, and delivered at, the ICM. Emma Anderson (Glasgow/ Edinburgh) was our very first winner. Her paper on early music was a conference highlight.

We are pleased to announce the prize again this year, with the continued support of the UCD Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute. The award, worth €100, will be announced at the end of the conference. In addition, we have teamed up with Peritia, the journal of the Medieval Academy of Ireland, and the winning paper will be offered the chance of publication in the journal.

Papers must be submitted for consideration by June 15th. Further information is available by following this link.

Alternatively, you can download the terms and conditions here.

29th Irish Conference of Medievalists: Call for Panels & Papers

The 29th ICM will take place in University College Dublin, 1st – 3rd July 2015.

The Irish Conference of Medievalists is an interdisciplinary forum which welcomes papers on all aspects of Irish and European medieval culture, including archaeology, music, history, art history, folklore, language and literature. We also welcome papers which explore Ireland in its wider international context. Following last year’s very successful panel session we encourage speakers to organise themed panels, consisting of three papers and a nominated chair.

Submission of Panels

The ICM welcomes the submission of panels. Each panel should explore a particular theme. Individual speakers will provide papers of no more than 20 minutes. The panel may nominate a chairperson. The ICM committee will provide a chair if one is not nominated. Each panel will have a 90 minute time slot. The form can be downloaded below:

ICM Panel Submission Form 2015

Please note that the submission of individual papers should form part of the Panel Application.

Submission of Papers

Proposals are invited for papers of 20 minutes duration. Successful applications will be placed in general panels consisting of three speakers and a chair nominated by the ICM committee. Each general panel will have a 90 minute time slot. The form can be downloaded below:

ICM Paper Submission Form 2015

Submission Deadline

The deadline for the submission of panels and papers is April 20th 2015. The committee will review all submissions and inform applicants of their decisions by the beginning of May.


Forms, as well as all queries related to the ICM, should be directed to the ICM Committee, whose email is ICM2015@ucd.ie

Details regarding registration, accommodation and other aspects of the conference will follow shortly.


ICM Venue & Conference Progamme

The ICM is being held in the Newman Building on the Belfield campus. All the lecture rooms are within a short walking distance of each other. Campus maps are available at http://www.ucd.ie/maps/. Information on travelling to UCD is available at http://www.ucd.ie/gettingtoucd.htm.

Registration will take place in K115. Delegates who have already registered online will be able to pick up their conference packs there as well. This room will also serve as the general ICM information point.

Members of the ICM team will be available here at all times during the conference. Updates and any changes to the programme will be announced on the screen in K115.

The ICM is hosting a book fair (as well as providing various publisher discounts as part of the delegate conference packs). The publishers’ stands can be found in the UCD Common Room, which will be open to delegates throughout the day.

The ICM programme can be downloaded from our programme page.