Logistics and Amenities

Due to the ongoing health crisis, the 56th International Congress on Medieval Studies (2021), hosted by Western Michigan University's Medieval Institute, 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).

Concerning future in-person congresses

The International Congress on Medieval Studies 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.


Congress badges are to be worn at all times. Be prepared to show your badge when asked to do so.

Child care is the responsibility of the parent(s).

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.


Floor plans

Goldsworth Valley 3 and 2 residence halls

Valley Dining Center

Fetzer Center

Schneider Hall

Bernhard Center

Sangren Hall