The 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place in a hybrid format Thursday, May 11, through Saturday, May 13, 2023 and 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.
The Congress makes use of a variety of facilities on the campus of Western Michigan University, and the Medieval Institute and other University entities are involved in supporting the enterprise. Congress locations—which include a conference facility, the student union, a classroom building, and student residence halls—are spread around the campus. Medieval Institute shuttle buses provide transportation among Congress locations, with buses running continuously from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Walking is often the faster option, though, and many veteran Congress attendees recommend wearing comfortable shoes.
- Audio-visual equipment (when requested in advance)
- Campus and hotel shuttles
- Campus safety
- Computing services
- Fitness and recreation facilities
- Lactation rooms
- Shipping services
- Wireless internet access
Congress badges are to be worn at all times. Be prepared to show your badge when asked to do so.
Arrangements for child care are the responsibility of the parent(s). We recommend that parents go directly to Care.com, which background checks its caregivers (account creation is required).
Postcards announcing the call for papers are mailed to everyone on the Congress mailing list, and copies of the congress program to all with U.S. addresses and all listed in the index of that year's program.