The International Congress on Medieval Studies hosted by the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University features more than 500 sessions of papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops, demonstrations, screenings and performances. Special events include two plenary lectures, an annual lecture on the reception of the classics in the Middle Ages, and a dance. There are also some 100 business meetings and receptions sponsored by learned societies, associations and institutions.

Due to the ongoing health crisis, the 56th International Congress on Medieval Studies (2021) will be held virtually.

The 56th Congress will be live on the internet Monday through Saturday, May 10 to 15, 2021, with sessions and other activities scheduled at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. EDT each of the six days. Sessions in which all participants have agreed to be live recorded will be recorded, and the recordings will be made available to Congress registrants for the two following weeks, Monday through Saturday, May 17 to 29. There also will be some pre-recorded special features that will be available for viewing for the entire three-week period (May 10 to 29).

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