About us

Welcome to the International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England, the organization of record for those interested in history, art, archaeology, literature, languages, religion, society, and numismatics of England between the years c. 450 and 1100 CE. ISSEME currently has over 500 active members from 20 different countries, ranging from graduate students just starting their careers to the most established scholars in the field.

As enshrined in its constitution, the purpose of the International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England is to provide scholars with support in their research and to facilitate an exchange of ideas and materials within and among the disciplines. This work must take place in environments free from prejudice, racism, inequity or harassment, or related unethical behavior, and ISSEME affirms its ongoing commitment to helping fashion an academic culture that fosters professional courtesy, respect, equity, diversity, tolerance and inclusion for all of its members, and for all people working in our related disciplines.

ISSEME’s work currently includes mounting our biennial conference, running graduate workshops, awarding publication prizes, sponsoring “New Voices” sessions at the Kalamazoo and Leeds medieval conferences for early-career scholars, and maintaining the ISSEME listserv and on-line membership directory as a central basis of communication for members. For all of this, and more, a far-reaching membership base is vital, and so if you are not a member, please do consider becoming one.

Current board

Effective 29 January 2020, the officers of ISSEME are:

  • President: Thijs Porck (Universiteit Leiden)
  • Vice-President: Simon Thomson (Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf)
  • Executive Director: Élise Louviot (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne)

Effective February 2022, the elected members of the Advisory Board are:

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