Hosted by the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, the International Congress on Medieval Studies is an annual gathering of thousands of scholars interested in medieval studies. The Congress embraces the study of all aspects of the Middle Ages, extending into late antiquity and the early modern period, including—but not limited to—history, language, literature, linguistics, art, archaeology, religion, science, medicine, music, drama, philosophy, gender, sexuality, mysticism and technology, as well as medievalism.

58th congress

The 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place in a hybrid format Thursday, May 11, through Saturday, May 13, 2023. The Congress includes traditional in-person sessions, virtual sessions via our online platform and some blended-format sessions that make it possible for speakers to present and audiences to attend both in-person and online. A selection of virtual and blended-format sessions will be recorded and posted on the Congress meeting site until May 31. Special events include the Mostly Medieval Theatre Festival and virtual behind-the-scenes visits to the Walters Art Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago.


See corrigenda as of March 21, 2023.

Consult the Quick Guide to the program for an overview of the dates, times and modalities of sessions, gatherings, and meetings. All sessions that will be recorded and made available for viewing by Congress registrants May 15-31 are indicated by a Y in the final column.

Advance registration for the 58th Congress closes April 25. Continuing registration for those attending the Congress online is available through May 31 (when recorded sessions and other content are removed from the meeting site).


59th congress

The 59th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place Thursday, May 9, through Saturday, May 11, 2024.

The International Congress on Medieval Studies is accepting self-nominations for members of the body of contributing reviewers for sponsored and special sessions for the 59th and 60th Congresses (2024 and 2025). Self nominations are due Friday, April 7.


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