Hosted by the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, the International Congress on Medieval Studies is an annual gathering of thousands of scholars interested in medieval studies. The Congress embraces the study of all aspects of the Middle Ages, extending into late antiquity and the early modern period, including—but not limited to—history, language, literature, linguistics, art, archaeology, religion, science, medicine, music, drama, philosophy, gender, sexuality, mysticism and technology, as well as medievalism.

59th International Congress on Medieval Studies

The Congress takes place Thursday, May 9, through Saturday, May 11, 2024 in a hybrid format that includes traditional in-person sessions, virtual sessions via our online platform and some hybrid sessions that make it possible for speakers to present and audiences to attend both in-person and online.

ICMS Meeting Site

Explore the central information hub for the 59th Congress here! Although parts of the meeting site are open to the public, registration is required to attend sessions and interact with other Congress attendees.


Registration for the 59th Congress is open. Don't forget: a $50 late fee will be added to registrations for in-person attendees after April 21.

News and Announcements

The Medieval Institute invites Western Michigan University students and other members of the Kalamazoo community to work as hourly staff during the Congress. Please complete this form by April 30 to be considered for employment.

Big changes are coming to ICMS in 2024, with the Congress’s footprint shifting to focus on Western Michigan University’s new Student Center. Highlights of this move include:

  • Shorter walks between sessions, which will be held primarily in Sangren Hall (and nearby in the Student Center, Kanley Chapel, and Waldo Library).
  • More efficient shuttle bus routes serving campus, downtown, and the airport.
  • Centralized locations for the Exhibits Hall and Social Hours in the Student Center, with housing nearby in Western Heights.
  • Convenient access to new amenities, including Starbucks Coffee, PNC Bank, FedEx, various dining options, and a pub.

Finally, we must observe the end of an era. Western Michigan University recently announced the planned demolition of Valley 3, and although Valley 3 remains open for registration and housing in 2024, this will be its final year.

Future Congresses

The 60th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place Thursday, May 8, through Saturday, May 10, 2025.

Support the Medieval Institute

We invite you to consider making a gift to support the work of the International Congress on Medieval Studies and to ensure that it continues to inform and enlighten generations of students, scholars and everyone interested in the Middle Ages.

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