One week from today the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies will officially get underway. This is the largest gathering of academic medievalists in the world, drawing over 3000 scholars to Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.
James M. Murray, director of the university’s Medieval Institute, said to WMU News, “We look forward every year to welcoming our colleagues from near and far, and this year we are grateful that spring has come just in time for their arrival.
“As is customary, the range of topics to be considered is enormous. Visual art, literature in many languages, drama, political and intellectual history, the environment, law and theology, as well as the many modern manifestations of the ‘medieval’— perennial topics of congress conversation — will all be considered. And this year’s congress reflects an emerging interest in the study of failure in the Middle Ages.”
Beyond the hundreds of papers being given and business meetings that will be held during the four days, the congress has some special events, including:
– a contemporary staging of a medieval French play, “The Mystery of Saint Veronica,” by the WMU Department of Theatre in collaboration with the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society.
– a presentation of a 10th-century liturgical drama by Early Music Michigan in collaboration with the Hildegard Singers
The 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies will take place from Thursday through Sunday, May 8-11. You can also follow events on Twitter using the hashtag #Kzoo2014