52nd Congress

Image of a hand-on workshop on the medieval astrolabe at the 51st Congress.

Learning about astrolabes at the 51st Congress

The 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place on the campus of Western Michigan University May 11-14, 2017.


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The Medieval Institute of Western Michigan University shares the concern expressed by the Council of the Medieval Academy of America regarding the Executive Order "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States" issued by President Trump on January 27, 2017.

"The Medieval Academy of America wishes to express its grave concern over the recent Executive Order suspending entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, barring Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocking entry into the United States for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. This order has, in practice, also been interpreted to deny legitimate green card holders and dual citizens from those countries re-entry to the United States."

"This executive order not only directly impacts the transmission of knowledge and the free exchange of ideas—principles upon which this nation was founded—but also runs contrary to the work that we, as a scholarly community, do. As medievalists we critically engage the movement of peoples and the exercise of power across more than 1,000 years of human history. The European Middle Ages saw a range of approaches to religious and ethnic co-existence, including episodes of intolerance when religious minorities were subject to marking, restriction, and expulsion. We ask the Administration to learn from—rather than ignore—the past we work to illuminate." More.


The International Congress on Medieval Studies is an annual gathering of around 3,000 scholars interested in medieval studies. The congress features around 575 sessions of papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops and performances. There are also some 100 business meetings and receptions sponsored by learned societies, associations and institutions. The exhibits hall boasts nearly 70 exhibitors, including publishers, used book dealers and purveyors of medieval sundries. The congress lasts three and a half days, extending from Thursday morning, with sessions beginning at 10 a.m., until Sunday at noon.

53rd congress

The 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place May 10-13, 2018.

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