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 health and safety of our attendees and our community are our first priority. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the recommendations of the CDC and the WHO regarding social distancing and public gatherings, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 7-10, 2020).


We thank all of you who kept hope alive and registered for the Congress. For a refund of registration fees, housing and meal tickets, make your request by email message to Miller Auditorium at by April 22, 2020. Since the Miller Auditorium ticket office is considered a non-essential function of the University, requested refunds cannot be processed until after April 25 (or later, should the University extend this designation). Timely refund requests will be processed as it becomes possible to do so. No refunds will be made for requests received after April 22.

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.

Virtual exhibits hall

Please keep an eye on the website for updates about a virtual exhibits hall.


Find a notice for those booked at the Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites, as well as hotel contact information on our web page devoted to off-campus accommodations.

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.

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

We need your help: with the International Congress on Medieval Studies canceled this year, we need support to offset our 2020 costs. We invite you to consider making a charitable donation in support of the ongoing work of the Congress.

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