Logistics and Amenities

Image of a demostration of a re-melting furnace at the 2015 congress.

Demonstration of a re-melting furnace

The International Congress on Medieval Studies makes use of a variety of facilities on the campus of Western Michigan University, and the Medieval Institute and other University entities are involved in supporting the enterprise. Congress locations—which include a conference facility, the student union, a classroom building, and student residence halls—are spread around the campus. Medieval Institute shuttle buses provide transportation among congress locations, with buses running continuously from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and until 1 p.m. on Sunday. Walking is often the faster option, though, and many veteran Congress attendees recommend wearing comfortable shoes.


Child care is the responsibility of the parent(s).

Postcards announcing the call for papers are mailed to everyone on the congress mailing list, and copies of the congress program to all with U.S. addresses and all listed in the index of that year's program.


Floor plans

Goldsworth Valley 3 and 2 residence halls

Valley Dining Center

Fetzer Center

Schneider Hall

Bernhard Center

Sangren Hall