On-Site Logistics

The 59th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place in a hybrid format Thursday, May 9, through Saturday, May 11, 2024. The Congress includes traditional in-person sessions, virtual sessions via our online platform and some hybrid sessions that make it possible for speakers to present and audiences to attend both in-person and online. A selection of virtual and hybrid sessions are recorded and are 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 the student union, a classroom building and student residence halls—are spread around the campus. Medieval Institute shuttle buses provide transportation among Congress locations. Walking is often the faster option, though, and many veteran Congress attendees recommend wearing comfortable shoes.

Many attendees also enjoy lodging, dining, and recreation options in the city of Kalamazoo during the Congress. Visit Discover Kalamazoo to see helpful maps of the area and to learn more about dining options (including for large groups), the Kalamazoo Central Commons Social District, taxi services and private drivers, local recreation opportunities, and more. You can also enjoy deals and savings at local businesses during the Congress by signing up for the free Discover Kalamazoo Special Offers Savings Pass!


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 Medieval Institute 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.