About the Conference:

Since its inception, Medieval Studies has regularly sent scholars—as panel and workshop organizers and as speakers—to the International Congress of Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University’s Medieval Institute.

This is the largest annual academic event focused on the Middle Ages. In addition to academic panels and workshops, there are performances, book exhibits, and various “medieval sundries.” Held each year in May, this event unites thousands of scholars of the Middle Ages. The Center for Premodern Studies (CPS) regularly provides for transportation for graduate students from UMN to attend and participate.

In 2023 CPS will sponsor four panel at Kalamazoo. To view complete information, visit the "News" section of our updated CPS website. 

Past Conferences:

2022 Panels

  • "Negotiating Religion, Gender, and Travel in the Medieval Mediterranean I"
  • Negotiating Religion, Gender, and Travel in the Medieval Mediterranean II" 

Panel Description: Mediterranean Studies is helping the field think more comparatively and bring into dialogue scholars working in a variety of fields, from Spanish, French, Arabic and Italian. People in the medieval Mediterranean were connected by networks of trade, family and knowledge. This panel aims to explore how authors imagined the people who lived these networks and their effects, including enslaved peoples, scholars and merchants. Click here for a complete list of 2022 ICMS panels

Organized by Michelle Hamilton, Magaly Ortiz, Sara Gardner, and Alex Korte:

2020 Panels

  • "Sword in Hand: Tools to Contextualize Medieval Material Culture in the Classroom and Public Events with the Oakeshott Institute (A Workshop)." 

  • "Object and Affect in Anglo- Saxon Texts." Organized by Maggie Heeschen, Andrea Waldrep, and Karen Soto

  • Getting to Their Mind through Their Plate: Food as Social Identity in the Medieval World." Organized by Erin Crowley