Hosted by the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, the International Congress on Medieval Studies is an annual gathering of around 2,750 scholars interested in medieval studies.

56th Congress

The 56th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place on the campus of Western Michigan University Thursday, May 13 through Saturday, May 15, 2021. We are still hoping for an in-person congress while simultaneously exploring a myriad of hybrid and virtual possibilities. In any event, some allowances will be made for virtual participation whatever may transpire on the campus of Western Michigan University in May.

The deadline for paper proposals was Tuesday, Sept. 15.

About the congress

The congress features more than 500 sessions of papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops, demonstrations, performances, and poster sessions. There are also some 100 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 days, extending from Thursday morning, with sessions beginning at 10 a.m., until Saturday, with sessions ending at 5 p.m. and evening activities extending until a late night dance.

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