Audio-Visual Equipment

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 Medieval Institute provides audio-visual equipment for sessions of the International Congress on Medieval Studies on the campus of Western Michigan University according to requests made at the time a proposal for a session of papers, a roundtable, or a panel discussion is submitted for consideration (on or before Sept. 15). Late equipment requests can rarely be accommodated.

Data projector specifications

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HDMI cable

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VGA cable

Data projectors are present in Congress meeting rooms only for those sessions for which they have been requested. They have VGA and HDMI connections and support 640 x 480 (VGA), 800 x 600 (SVGA), 1024 x 768 (XGA) and 1280 x 1024 (SXGA) resolutions. We encourage you to test your laptop with a projector using a VGA or HDMI connection before coming to the congress.

Most Mac users and any laptop user without a VGA or HDMI terminal will need to bring an adapter for the VGA or HDMI connection. All laptop users will need to bring power cords. Most of those coming from outside North America will need a plug adapter (although probably not a converter, since most laptops are designed to work with a wide range of voltage and frequency). Electrical current in the United States is 120 volts/60 Hz.

Please note that computers are not provided for congress presentations. Speakers who wish to make presentations involving a computer are expected to bring their own laptops or to arrange with the session’s organizer or another colleague for the use of a computer.

Internet access

Those planning to use the internet during their presentations will need to establish a User ID in WMU's wireless system on their laptops in advance of the session. It is also possible, through a separate login and with an account established in advance, to have Ethernet access to the internet in Congress session rooms in Schneider Hall and Sangren Hall.

Other equipment

Document cameras, DVD players, Blu-ray players, audio CD players, and whiteboards are also available.

Audio-visual assistance

Audio-visual equipment assistance is available in the Fetzer Center, the Bernhard Center, Schneider Hall and Sangren Hall when sessions are running.