Selection Process

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).

Selection process

A program committee and two groups of contributing reviewers evaluate proposals for contributions to the academic program of the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University. 

Beginning with the 56th International Congress on Medieval Studies (2021), the body of contributing reviewers for sponsored and special sessions comprises ten reviewers, five serving in the first year of two-year terms and five serving in the second year of two-year terms, all selected by a committee of the Board of the Medieval Institute from among self-nominated volunteers.

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Program committee

The program committee evaluates proposals for sponsored and special sessions and decides on their acceptance or rejection (in June). This committee also oversees the creation of general sessions (in November).

  • James Palmitessa (Department of History)
  • Jana K. Schulman (Medieval Institute)
  • Susan M. B. Steuer (University Libraries)
  • Nathan Tabor (Department of History)
  • Grace Tiffany (Department of English)
  • Theresa Whitaker (Medieval Institute Publications)

Contributing reviewers (sponsored and special sessions)

These contributing reviewers evaluate proposals for sponsored and special sessions. The program committee takes their assessments into consideration in the acceptance and rejection of proposed sessions

  • Alexander Angelov, College of William and Mary (2020-2021)
  • Christina Christoforatou, Baruch College, CUNY (2021-2022)

  • Anna Czarnowus, University of Silesia (2021-2022)

  • Sally Jayne Heymann, Lake Michigan College (2021-2022)

  • Maile Hutterer, University of Oregon (2021-2022)

  • Afrodesia McCannon, New York University (2020-2021)

  • Adam Oberlin, Princeton University (2021-2022)
  • Leah Parker, University of Southern Mississippi (2020-2021)
  • Carl Sell, Oklahoma Panhandle State University (2020-2021)
  • David Sorenson, Independent Scholar (2020-2021)

Contributing reviewers (general sessions)

A group of contributing reviewers evaluates paper proposals for general sessions. The program committee takes their assessments into consideration in the acceptance and rejection of proposed papers.

  • Robert F. Berkhofer (Department of History)
  • Marjorie Harrington (Medieval Institute Publications)
  • Molly Lynde-Recchia (Department of World Languages)
  • Kevin Wanner (Department of Comparative Religion)