The Virtual Congress Experience

Live events of the International Congress on Medieval Studies hosted by Western Michigan University's Medieval Institute are on the Zoom platform. We recommend that you download the app for easy full functionality, but you needn't; you can join all events through your browser. Colleagues in China will not be able to download the app but can access all content through their internet browsers.

Confex logo.The meeting site hosted by Confex features

  • an integrated virtual Congress experience
  • easy access to the Zoom link for each event
  • a searchable schedule of sessions
  • browsing functions by format (roundtable, session of papers, business meeting, etc.)
  • a way to build your personal schedule
  • ability to mark favorites
  • means to add personal notes
  • easy connection with other attendees
  • the virtual Exhibits Hall
  • the interface to contribute to and view entries in the virtual talent show
  • the option to see all events in your time zone
  • Confex tech support
  • more!

The live events of the 56th Congress (2021) take place Monday–Saturday, May 10–15, with 90-minute sessions, gatherings, and business meetings beginning each day at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. EDT (except Saturday, when events commence for the day at 11:00 a.m.). Recorded live-on-the-internet sessions and meetings are available to registrants for the following two weeks. Three pre-recorded lectures—two plenary lectures and the Reception of the Classics in the Middles Ages Lecture—will be available throughout the three weeks.

56th congress dates to remember

  • Friday, May 7: meeting site opens to registrants
  • Monday through Saturday, May 10 to 15: live events on the internet
  • Monday through Saturday, May 17 to 29: library of more than 200 live-recorded sessions available to registrants (all sessions to be live recorded are indicated by an asterisk at the session number in the program)

Planning your congress

Consult the overview of the program (pp. 187–203) for an at-a-glance guide to which sessions, gatherings, and meetings are scheduled when and which will be recorded and available for viewing May 17–29.

At-a-glance guide to congress programming with an indication of which events are to be live recorded