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.


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. The deadline for session proposals is Monday June 1.

2020 session organizers

We invite the organizers of sponsored and special sessions approved for the 2020 Congress to re-propose them for the 2021 congress. If proposed, they will be approved automatically. 

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Publication Prizes

Announcements of the winners of the 2020 Szarmach, Gründler, and "La corónica" publication prizes.

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.

Donate to the Medieval Institute

With the cancellation of the 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies, we need your support to offset our costs. We invite you to consider making a charitable donation in support of the ongoing work of the Congress.

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