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The SHMESP (Société des historiens médiévistes de l’enseignement supérieur public), as the Society of Medievalists in Higher Education, was created in 1969 and gathers historians, archaeologists and art historians working with French universities and research institutions. The SHMESP promotes and supports Medieval studies and teaching on Medieval studies as well as the communication to a larger audience by nurturing links between research, universities, middle and high school teaching, and the wider society. An annual congress gathers specialists researching on different periods of the Middle Ages in Europe and outside Europe.