The Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University invites proposals of sessions and of papers for the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies. We also welcome reservations of space for business meetings and receptions at the congress, and we are grateful for offers to preside over general sessions.
Organizers of approved sponsored and special sessions will find the Organizer Contract, a link to the online submission system, instructions and information at For Session Organizers.
Proposals for sponsored and special sessions—including sessions of papers, panel discussions, roundtables, poster sessions, workshops, demonstrations, performances and film screenings—for the 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 10-13, 2018) must be made by June 1 using our online submission form. Required information includes the name and contact information for a single contact person, the title(s) (with an indication of proposed format) of proposed session(s), and a single-page intellectual justification for proposed session(s). The Congress Committee considers the proposals in June, and would-be session organizers are informed of the committee's acceptance or rejection of sessions by post in July.
A paper proposal comprises a one-page abstract and a completed Participant Information Form, which is available on the congress website beginning in July (deadline: September 15). The Call for Papers for the following year's congress, which lists the sponsored and special sessions approved by the Congress Committee, is available on the congress website in July. You may send a paper proposal to the contact person listed in the Call for Papers for a sponsored or special session or submit a proposal directly to the Congress Committee at the Medieval Institute to be considered for inclusion in a general session. Sponsored and special sessions may be closing or closed at any point along the time-line to the September 15 deadline for paper proposals. The person proposing a paper who waits until the last minute may be very disappointed. Organizers of sponsored and special sessions are obliged to forward proposals that are not selected to the Congress Committee, so that the papers can be considered for general sessions.
Notification of acceptance and rejection of papers considered for inclusion in general sessions (those organized by the Congress Committee at Western Michigan University) is made by post in December.
Reservations for business meetings and receptions
Learned societies, associations, institutions, publishers and other vendors may hold business meetings or host receptions at the congress. Arrangements are made by submitting a meeting reservation (deadline: October 1).
The online Meeting Reservation form for the 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 10-13, 2018) will be available in July.
Those who request beverage and/or food service are contacted by the assigned caterer after the congress schedule is finalized, and payment is required in advance of the congress.
Offers to preside for general sessions
The Congress Committee gratefully accepts offers to preside over general sessions (deadline: October 1). One does not need to be delivering a paper at the congress in order to preside over a general session.
The online Offer to Preside form for the 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 10-13, 2018) will be available in July.