Hosted by the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, the International Congress on Medieval Studies is an annual gathering of around 3,000 scholars interested in medieval studies. The congress features more than 550 sessions of papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops, demonstrations, performances, and poster sessions. 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.
The Congress takes place on the campus of Western Michigan University on May 9 to 12, 2019. Registration is online.
There are several panels and papers on onomastics, including:
- “Nomen est omen”: A Roundtable on Names and Nicknames in the Middle Ages
- Obscure Names: Reimagining Origins in the Lais of Marie de France
- Ethnic Minorities in Medieval Palencia as Evidenced by Personal Names: The Jews of Dueñas and Aguilar
- Arthurian Names
- The Fairy Queens: Invocation of Fairy Tradition in the Names of Guinevere and Morgan le Fay
- “What’s in a name?”: Experimental Archaeologist or Re-Enactor: Who are We?
- Britons amongst Hebrews: Two Brythonic Names in Melech Artus