Charlotte Rudman, PhD Candidate, English Department
I’d heard whisperings about Leeds since my days as an undergrad. Despite my growing interest in medieval studies I had always thought that IMC with its “experience the medieval day” was just a step too far. But now as a second year PhD student, I realise how wrong I was.
Giving a paper as part of a panel was both a fantastic and affirming experience, both in terms of the presentation skills and critical engagement with the audience.
But for me, Leeds was mainly an opportunity to hear about research different from my own, broadening my scope, sparking new ideas and re-visiting areas I don’t get the chance to explore in my PhD but am nonetheless interested in. Highlights included; discussions on the disfigured body and the wilderness; the binary perception of witches; textual movement vs physical movement concerning objects; an insight into Scandinavian medieval relationships through the exchange of ‘runic sticks’; and I was very nearly persuaded to play video games after one intriguing presentation emphasising the love of space(s).
Beyond the varied programme, Leeds was great because I was there with fellow CLAMS members past and present. If you’re a medievalist, it’s something you should experience at least once. And of course there’s a disco. Which was everything I imagined and more. Who doesn’t want to see highly intelligent, awesome academics sing impromptu karaoke with a live band?