Since its inception, CMS 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. CMS regularly provides for transportation for graduate students from UMN to attend and participate.

In 2022 CMS will sponsor one panel at Kalamazoo. Because of the surplus of excellent proposals, the Conference has accommodated a second panel on the same subject. Organized by Michelle Hamilton, Magaly Ortiz, Sara Gardner, and Alex Korte:

  • "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.

In 2020 CMS sponsored three panels at Kalamazoo:

  • "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