Area residents must register early for Medieval Congress
April 1, 2005
KALAMAZOO--Success, long known to be a double-edged sword, will take its toll in May on local lovers of all things medieval, unless they plan ahead and register by April 15 to attend Western Michigan University's 40th International Congress on Medieval Studies.
The annual congress, scheduled this year for May 5-8, has enjoyed record attendance in recent years, but that success has brought with it long lines of last-minute registrants--sometimes bringing as many as 300 people at a time to the congress' main registration desk and creating logistical problems. For that reason, congress organizers have established for the first time, a strict early registration deadline of April 15. Attendees registering after that point must pay a $25 late registration fee.
The long tradition of offering members of the University community and Kalamazoo County residents free attendance is still in effect--as long as they register by April 15. After that, they too will be subject to the $25 late registration fee. Anyone attending any of the sessions or exhibits must register.
"Success has brought some challenges with it," says Dr. Paul Szarmach, director of WMU's Medieval Institute. "But we feel strongly about keeping this event open to members of the community, so we've been working hard to inform everyone on our mailing list of the change. We want everyone to come and just ask that they register ahead of time."
The conference registration form is available online.
Conference coordinators encourage using this Web site to register. Those planning to attend the conference may fill out and submit the registration form totally online or fill out a PDF version of the form and print it out. The printed form should be returned by April 15 to the address or fax number included on the form. Forms also may be picked up at the Medieval Institute office in WMU's Walwood Hall during normal business hours.
Some 3,000 scholars from more than 25 nations come to the WMU campus for the congress each year. It is the largest, most comprehensive academic conference of its kind in the world, and for years, area residents have enjoyed attending some of the more than 600 sessions and, in particular, visiting the Exhibits Hall, which includes displays by leading publishers and artisans.
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