The schedule for the Forty-Seventh International Congress on Medieval Studies was released today, giving scholars a first look at what will be happening at the world’s largest gathering of medievalists. The Congress, which is held at Western Michigan University, will be held from May 10-13, 2012.
The annual International Congress on Medieval Studies brings together about five thousand scholars, writers and history-lovers, to listen to papers given on a wide variety of medieval topics. Dozens of scholarly groups also meet during the congress, and most major publishers also attend, where they sell their books and meet up with potential authors.
This years plenary speakers are David Wallace of the University of Pennsylvania, who will speak about “Conceptualizing Literary History: Europe, 1348–1418″, and Paul Binski of the University of Cambridge, whose paper is entitled, “The Heroic Age of Gothic: Invention and Its
Over 574 sessions are being held over the four days, which range from the traditional (Heroes and Villains in the High Middle Ages; Musician as Profession in the Middle Ages) to the unusual (The Comics Get Medieval at Kalamazoo; Fuck Me: On Never Letting Go). Among the anniversaries being remembered at this congress are ‘The Hobbit on Its Seventy-Fifth Anniversary’ and ‘Las Navas de Tolosa (1212): A Commemoration of Its Eight Hundredth Anniversary’
Congress participants will also have a chance to view the exhibition, Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum, which is taking place at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
Medievalists.net will again be at the congress this year, reporting on events and papers. We also get to help get things started, as Medievalists.net is cohosting with Witan Publishing a Reception with Open Bar on Wednesday night (May 9th). We look forward to seeing you there!