About us

Our Society aims for the cultivation of mutual friendship among researchers nationwide in order to promote medieval European studies extending over history, literature, philosophy, art, music and other fields in Japan. For this aim, the society provides various venues for discussion by researchers who have common interests or subjects that cross disciplinary boundaries. The fruits of these activities are published in the Society’s journal or preseted at the annual meeting, for further research and interdisciplinary collaboration. The Society is devoted to the medieval European studies in the broadest sense of the term whereby Byzantine, Islamic, Late Antiquity and Early Modern studies may also be included.

The membership is open to professional researchers, postgraduate students and non-professional researchers. It is hoped that the academic research and education, which are facing difficulties in isolated situations, will become more productive by being carried out beyond the boundaries of each university or institution. Exchange with overseas researchers and organizations is another important objective od JSMES. We aim to provide more opportunities for lectures by innovative researchers invited from abroad, to publish the results of those lectures to wide readership, and to support Japanese researchers’ involvement with academic organizations abroad.

The Society’s annual meeting, held in June every year, will present a symposium with an appealing interdisciplinary topic. The journal, which is published once a year, will include feature articles, papers, news on recent publications, a list of academic publications by Society members and so on. The website will offer the latest news on medieval European studies as well as information for and from the members. A Members’ page (limited access) is also planned in the future.

The Committee of the Japan Society for Medieval European Studies