Campus Safety

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

Your safety at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, hosted by Western Michigan University’s Medieval Institute, is very important to us. For emergencies, dial 911 or call WMU Public Safety at (269) 387-5555. Western Michigan University's campus is continually patrolled by sworn police officers. The campus is well lit and surveiled by hundreds of security cameras. Outdoor areas also have strategically located emergency call boxes. Additionally, as part of making the congress as secure as possible, we ask that you wear your badge in all congress venues and be prepared to show your badge when asked, especially at venues or spaces dedicated to congress activities.