Fifty-Sixth Annual Midwest Medieval History Conference

September 29 to 30, 2017
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Conference Schedule

The annual conference brings together historians working on all eras of medieval history. For 2017 the featured speaker will be Ruth Mazo Karras (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities). The Conference will take place from mid-day Friday through Saturday evening. For a full schedule of speakers and events, download the PDF form of the program or visit the web version.


The registration fee for the conference is $75 for regular attendees and $50 for graduate students and includes the conference lunch on Saturday, September 30. To avoid a late fee, please register before September 7. Online Registration is now open.

When registering, attendees will have the option of attending the Conference Banquet held on Saturday evening, September 30, at the Wine Loft, which is located just one block from the conference hotel at 161 West Michigan Avenue. Those intending to attend the banquet must book in advance through the online registration system.

Conference Venue

All conference presentations will be held in the Kirsch Auditorium on the ground floor of WMU’s Fetzer Center and the conference lunch will be held in nearby rooms. Free parking is available in the Fetzer Center Guest Lot (Lot 72) directly in front of the building.

Conference Housing

A block of rooms has been reserved in the Radisson Hotel in the Kalamazoo Center at 100 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 in downtown Kalamazoo, and attendees may arrive as early as Thursday evening. Conference attendees must contact the Radisson directly to arrange for their accommodations. To reserve a room using the conference discounted block rate, you should phone the hotel directly at (269) 343-3333. Press one for reservations and mention the conference name to receive the negotiated room rate. If booking online, use the promo code “MMHC".

Further Information about the hotel, parking, and its location and services is available from the Radisson website.

Questions or Concerns?

Most questions about access to the venue, parking, the hotel, or the banquet restaurant can be answered by a quick perusal of the Fetzer Center, Radisson, or Wine Loft websites linked above. If you have difficulties in using the online registration system, you should contact the Fetzer Center staff directly during regular business hours at (269) 387-5030.

If you have other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email Robert Berkhofer.

Sponsored by Western Michigan University Departments of History, Medieval Institute, Visiting Scholars and Artists Program of the Office of Faculty Development at WMU; co-hosted by Dr. Robert Berkhofer and Dr. Jana Schulman. More about the Midwest Medieval History Conference.