The International Congress on Medieval Studies, hosted by the Medieval Institute of Western Michigan University, is a signatory to the statement written by the Medieval Academy of America "Medievalists Respond to Charlottesville."

The Congress joins the Medieval Academy of America in asking its constituency to read and carefully consider "On Race and Medieval Studies: A Collective Statement by Medievalists of Color."

53rd congress

Image of Chris Wickham delivering a congress plenary lecture.

Chris Wickham delivering a plenary lecture at the congress

The 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place on the campus of Western Michigan University on May 10 to 13, 2018.

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About the congress

The International Congress on Medieval Studies is an annual gathering of around 3,000 scholars interested in medieval studies. The congress features around 575 sessions of papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops and performances. 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.

The Congress Academic Program, an explanation of the role of the Congress Committee

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