FAQs

FAQs

Congress Frequently Asked Questions


What is the International Congress on Medieval Studies?

The Congress, which takes place on the campus of Western Michigan University, is an annual gathering of more than 3,000 scholars interested in Medieval Studies. It features more than 550 sessions of papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops, and performances. There are also some 90 business meetings and receptions sponsored by learned societies, associations, and institutions. The exhibits hall boasts nearly 70 exhibitors, including publishers, used book dealers, and purveyors of medieval sundries. The Congress lasts three and a half days, extending from Thursday morning until Sunday at noon.

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What is a Sponsored Session?

Sponsored Sessions are proposed and organized by learned societies, associations, and institutions. The organizers set predetermined topics, often narrowly focused and reflecting the considered aims and interests of the sponsoring organization.

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What is a Special Session?

Special Sessions are organized by individual scholars and ad hoc groups. The organizers set predetermined topics, which are often narrowly focused.

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What is a General Session?

General Sessions are organized by the Congress Committee at the Medieval Institute. Topics include all areas of Medieval Studies, with individual session topics determined by the topics of abstracts submitted and accepted.

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What is the Call for Papers?

The Call for Papers appears in print and on the Internet. The print publication is mailed in July to everyone on the Medieval Institute mailing list. It lists all Sponsored and Special Sessions approved for the following year's Congress and provides instructions for submitting paper proposals. The Call for Papers listing of sessions is accessible on the Congress website beginning in July. To ensure that you are on the Medieval Institute mailing list, contact us:

The Medieval Institute
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5432
email to medieval-institute@wmich.edu

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What is the Congress program book?

The program is a print publication of more than 300 pages that contains the complete schedule of events for the coming Congress, as well as a wealth of information concerning registration and logistics. Copies of the printed program are mailed in late February and early March to all whose names appear on the program for that year’s Congress and to everyone with a United States address on the Medieval Institute mailing list. The information in the Congress program is also available on the Congress website beginning in February. The Web version of the program meets the needs of most casual viewers. Those attending the Congress from abroad whose names do not appear in that year's program and those with US addresses not on the Medieval Institute mailing list at the time the programs are mailed receive their gratis copies upon arrival at the Congress in May. Those not attending the Congress with foreign addresses who wish a printed copy, sent airmail, should order a copy from Medieval Institute Publications using the Order Form. The total cost (including shipping) is $20.00. To ensure that you are on the Medieval Institute mailing list, contact us:

The Medieval Institute
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5432
email to medieval-institute@wmich.edu

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How do I get on the Medieval Institute mailing list?

To ensure that you are on the Medieval Institute mailing list—and that you will be sent the Call for Papers—and that your address information is up-to-date, contact us:

The Medieval Institute
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5432
email to medieval-institute@wmich.edu

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How do I register for the Congress?

We encourage pre-registration using the online registration system, which is available on the Congress website beginning in February. Pre-registration for the Congress closes fifteen days before the Congress, and all registrations received after that date are assessed a late fee in addition to the registration fee. Registration for on-campus housing is a part of the Congress registration process. More.

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Must I register for the Congress if I am giving a paper?

Yes. If you are attending the Congress, you must register for the Congress. We encourage the use of the online registration system, which is available on the Congress website beginning in February.

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Must my accompanying family member register for the Congress?

Yes, at the accompanying family member rate. We encourage the use of the online registration system, which is available on the Congress website beginning in February.

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How much is the registration fee?

Registration fees are announced on the Congress website in February. All attendees registering by mail or fax, rather than through the online registration system, pay a $25.00 handling fee. All attendees registering after the close of the pre-registration period (fifteen days before the Congress ), including all on-site registrants, are assessed a late registration fee of $50.00. The registration fees for the 2014 Congress were $140.00 - regular, $85.00 - student, and $85.00 - each accompanying family member.

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Can I register for just one day of the Congress?

No. Congress registration fees are for the entire 3 1/2-day Congress. Registration fees are announced on the Congress website in February. All attendees registering after the close of pre-registration (fifteen days before the Congress) , including all on-site registrants, are assessed a late registration fee of $50.00. The registration fees for the 2014 Congress were $140.00 - regular, $85.00 - student, $85.00 - each accompanying family member.

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Where does the Congress take place?

Congress locations are spread around the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Shuttle buses provide transportation among Congress locations, but walking is often the faster option, and many veteran Congress attendees recommend wearing comfortable shoes. More.

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How do I get to Kalamazoo?

Kalamazoo is located at the crossroads of Interstate-94 and US Route 131 in Southwest Michigan, a two-and-a-half hour drive from Chicago or Detroit. Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport is served by Delta Airlines and American Airlines. Amtrak trains (Chicago-Detroit-Pontiac and Chicago-East Lansing-Port Huron routes), as well as Greyhound and Indian Trails buses, serve Kalamazoo daily. More.

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What are the housing arrangements for the Congress?

Most Congress attendees stay in on-campus housing, and there are also blocks of rooms in area hotels and motels reserved at special rates for Congress attendees. Registration for on-campus housing is a part of the Congress registration process. Discover Kalamazoo offers Congress participants centralized booking to assist their selection of local hotels. Complete information is available on the Congress website. More.

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What is the cost of on-campus housing?

On-campus housing rates are announced on the Congress website in February. The housing rates for the 2014 Congress were $36.00 per night - single occupancy, $30.50 per night per person - double occupancy .

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Are Congress locations wheelchair accessible?

Most Congress locations are completely accessible, but others are only partially accessible. Choose the appropriate accessibility layers of the WMU interactive maps for more information:

WMU interactive maps (external link)

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How do I arrange for child care at the Congress?

Arrangements for child care are the responsibility of the parent(s) and may be made through WMU’s Career and Student Employment Services at 269-387-2745 or broncojobs@wmich.edu.

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How do I propose a session?

Proposals for Sponsored and Special Sessions are made on the Session Proposal Form, which is available on the Congress website beginning in February (deadline: June 1). The Congress Committee considers the proposals in June, and would-be session organizers are informed of the Committee's acceptance or rejection of sessions by post in July.

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Who is eligible to present a paper at the Congress?

All those working in the field of medieval studies, including graduate students and independent scholars and artists, are eligible to give a paper, if accepted, in any session. Enrolled undergraduate students, however, may give a paper, if accepted, only in the "Papers by Undergraduates" Special Session(s).

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How do I propose a paper?

A paper proposal consists of a one-page abstract and a completed Participant Information Form. Proposals are due on September 15 to the contact person listed in the Call for Papers for a Sponsored or Special Session or to the Congress Committee at the Medieval Institute for General Sessions.

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How do I submit a paper proposal for a Sponsored or Special Session?

Paper proposals (each consisting of a one-page abstract and a completed Participant Information Form) for Sponsored and Special Sessions are submitted no later than September 15 to the contact person listed in the Call for Papers. Sessions may be filled at any point along the time line from May until the deadline of September 15. The person proposing a paper who waits until the last minute may be very disappointed.

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How do I submit a paper proposal for a General Session?

Paper proposals (each consisting of a one-page abstract and a completed Participant Information Form) for General Sessions are submitted no later than September 15 to:

Congress Committee
The Medieval Institute
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5432
Email: medieval-institute@wmich.edu

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When will I be notified whether my paper has been accepted?

The organizers of Sponsored and Special Sessions are responsible for notifying would-be paper presenters whether or not their papers have been accepted, and the timing of that notification depends upon the session organizer. The Medieval Institute sends notification of the acceptance and rejection of papers considered for inclusion in General Sessions in December.

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What if I need a letter confirming my participation in the Congress?

The Medieval Institute does not send acceptance letters to those whose papers are to be included in Sponsored and Special Sessions. The Medieval Institute will, however, send a letter confirming participation if it is needed, in which case the speaker should contact the Institute directly:

The Medieval Institute
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5432
email to medieval-institute@wmich.edu

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How do I volunteer to preside over a General Session?

Complete the Offer to Preside Form, which is available on the Congress website beginning in July, and submit it to the Medieval Institute on or before October 1. You need not be delivering a paper at the Congress in order to preside over a General Session.

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What is a Participant Information Form?

The Participant Information Form is a required part of a paper proposal. The form is available on the Congress website beginning in July and is due, together with an abstract of the proposed paper, on September 15. The Participant Information Form contains information that is vital to organizing the Congress and to maintaining the Medieval Institute mailing list. All audio-visual equipment requests must be made on the Participant Information Form, and the Institute relies on the contact information given on the Participant Information Form in keeping its mailing list up-to-date.

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How long is a Congress paper?

A paper in a typical session of three papers is limited to 20 minutes. Session organizers may opt to schedule four 15-minute papers in a session.

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Can my paper be read in absentia?

No. Submission of a paper proposal is considered agreement by the author to attend the Congress and to deliver the paper in person if it is accepted.

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May I give more than one paper?

No. The Congress Committee will schedule only one paper per participant, with the exception of plenary lecturers and those giving papers in the Saturday evening Pseudo Society session, who may give two papers.

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May I participate in more than one session?

The Congress Committee will schedule a person as a participant (paper presenter, panelist, discussant, workshop leader, demonstration participant, poster presenter, presider, or respondent) in a maximum of three sessions. Organizers may organize as many sessions as the Committee approves.

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May I give a paper in a session I am organizing?

Yes, so long as that is the only paper you are giving at the Congress.

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Must I preside over a session I am organizing?

No. You are free to invite a colleague to preside over a session that you are organizing, and you may not preside over the session if you are giving a paper in it.

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May I submit more than one paper proposal?

The Congress Committee strongly discourages multiple submissions and obliges would-be paper presenters to inform organizers when they submit proposals to more than one session. The Committee reserves the right to disallow all participation to those who breach professional courtesy by multiple submissions.

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How do I request audio-visual equipment for my presentation?

Audio-visual equipment requests are made on the Participant Information Form at the time the abstract is submitted for consideration (on or before September 15). Late equipment requests can rarely be accommodated.

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How do I find out when during the Congress my session has been scheduled?

The Congress schedule is customarily finalized in January and is made public on the Congress website in February. The printed programs are mailed in late February and early March.

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How do I arrange for a business meeting or reception at the Congress?

Requests for the scheduling of business meetings and receptions are made on the Meeting/Reception Reservation Form, which is available on the Congress website beginning in July. The deadline is October 1.

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Are there funding opportunities for those giving papers at the Congress?

The Congress Committee and the Richard Rawlinson Center for Anglo-Saxon Studies and Manuscript Research offer a few travel awards for those reading papers at the Congress who meet established criteria and complete the necessary application process. The deadline is November 1. More.

 

The Medieval Institute
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5432 USA
(269) 387-8745 | (269) 387-8750 Fax
medieval-institute@wmich.edu