The largest conference for medievalists will be taking place virtually next year. The International Congress on Medieval Studies is set to go online from May 10th to 15th in 2021.
The news was announced in an email sent by Jana K. Schulman, Director of The Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, which is the home of the annual conference. She says, “having made the decision to cancel last year’s International Congress on Medieval Studies, I had hoped to be able to meet in person this year. We here in Kalamazoo will miss the camaraderie of the in-person conference but look forward to hosting a vibrant and intellectually engaging virtual conference that offers plenty of opportunity for stimulating interaction at a distance.”
The 2020 version of the International Congress on Medieval Studies was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, one of many academic events that were stopped in order to combat the spread of COVID-19. Some conferences, including the International Medieval Congress, did hold virtual versions, with participants connecting on Zoom and other online platforms.
No details have been yet made available about the International Congress on Medieval Studies will be run. This conference normally attracts around 3,000 people, with hundreds of sessions and business meetings taking place over four days. The virtual version looks to be more spread out into six days.
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