Kalamazoo Registration is Up!

03 Feb

What’s more, after a two-year absence, I’m registered. For those interested, here’s Western Michigan University’s Congress page. The registration link is on the left menu bar.

For those wondering what this is about, each May a couple of thousand medievalists, along with a scattering of ignorami such as myself, attend the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This year’s Congress will be held May 14-17. Click on the Sessions link on the left menu bar of their page to get an idea of the program. Plus there are all those books …

If you want an idea of what I think of it, you can take a look at my Kalamazoo page on this blog. There’s a lot there but this post from 2010 captures why I like it as well as any of them. There have been a few changes over the past few years (the free wine used to double as furniture polish, I’m certain of it, and now it’s fairly passable) but most of it’s reasonably accurate.

I’ve been to 8 or 9 of these since my first Congress in 2001(I think) and always enjoy myself. I had a hot streak from 2009-2012 where I made four in a row but missed the last two years. I’m looking forward to this year though I need to control my book-buying. Unfortunately, I’ve said that before.


Posted by on February 3, 2015 in Conferences


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4 responses to “Kalamazoo Registration is Up!

  1. Ketingas Press

    March 16, 2015 at 3:59 am

    Hi Curt,

    Do you ever read medieval fiction?

    ‘Leofric: Sacrifice’ (a short story) and ‘Leofric: Sword of the Angles’ (a novel), both set in Denmark c. AD 520, have recently become available on Amazon. If you’re interested, I can get you a couple of free review copies (electronic formats only at present).

    Sorry to clog your blog with random messages, but I couldn’t find an email address.



    • Curt Emanuel

      March 16, 2015 at 5:59 pm


      Thanks for the offer but I’m afraid I don’t read those sort of books. I tend to be too nit-picky rather than enjoying them.

  2. gary tangeman

    April 30, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Hi Curt,
    Thought you and your readers might enjoy seeing my medieval diorama. While not historically accurate it’s fun to look at. You can find it at
    Let me know what you think.


  3. Curt Emanuel

    May 5, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Gary, Thank you for your comment and the link. I love dioramas. I think they are great ways of visually displaying the scale and scope of events. I was at Gettysburg a couple of years ago and theirs was fantastic, complete with sound. It really showed how much area the battle covered and that it wasn’t a single engagement but a bunch of smaller “sub-battles” which occasionally coalesced. Very cool.


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