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.

55th congress

The 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place on the campus of Western Michigan University May 7 through 10, 2020.

56th congress

The 56th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place on the campus of Western Michigan University May 13 through 16, 2021. The session proposal portal is open.

We are now accepting self-nominations for volunteers to serve as contributing reviewers of proposals for sponsored and special sessions for the 56th and 57th congresses (2021 and 2022).

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 and a half days, extending from Thursday morning, with sessions beginning at 10 a.m., until Sunday at noon.

  • Encore magazine feature on the congress (May 2019)

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