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Updated: 5 February 2016
The chief means by which the FILLM represents and serves its constituent membership has traditionally been the triennial International Congress. The Congresses explicitly seek to foster links between scholars in the developed world, the countries of which provided the original impetus to the study of medieval and modern languages and literatures in the European tradition, and researchers in developing countries who, often in difficult conditions, seek to maintain and develop both the older and newer aspects of the discipline and to apply scholarly and critical methods within their own situation.
The FILLM Congresses offer scholars an opportunity for relaxed and friendly discussion with colleagues within their own and related disciplines from all over the world. There is usually a main theme for the entire Congress, which is broken down into a number of sub-themes, which are further divided into parallel sessions. Each sub-theme takes up a day or half a day, and is defined in such a way as to be of interest to scholars with widely varied disciplinary and geographical backgrounds. This means that scholars are able to compare notes with each other about their own specialist knowledge as seen in relation to the major general concerns being debated within linguistic and literary scholarship world-wide. This kind of structure encourages a broadening of horizons which many scholars find so enjoyable that they return to the FILLM Congresses time and time again.
The International Congresses take place every three years and now routinely move round the globe. In recent years Congresses have been held in Regensburg (1996), Harare (1999), Bangkok (2002), Cairns, Queensland (2005), Lyon (2008), Halden, Norway (2011) and Ningbo, China (2014). The 2017 and 2020 Congresses will be held in New Delhi, India and Vienna, Austria respectively. Below is an overview of FILLM's Congresses, past and future.
For an overview of the published Congress proceedings, please see publications.