Medievalists converge on Kalamazoo

The annual rite of spring at Western Michigan University has little to do with student water fights or protests, and everything to do with international scholars on such estoeric topics as the life cycle of medieval monasteries or medieval medicine, when the university hosts the biennial International Congress on Medieval Studies.

This year's 50th anniversary conference took place May 10-13, 2012, attracting 3,000 medievalists--professional academics, students and enthusiasts interested in the Middle Ages. Sessions included such diverse topics as "Conceptualizing Literary History: Europe, 1348-1418," and Electronic Medievalist Games. Jeanne Baron of Western Michigan University News has a feature story.