- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - Pop culture touchstones such as the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” will fit alongside the Black Death, Muslim migrants, magic, mapmaking and many other topics at a southwestern Michigan conference focusing on the Middle Ages.

The four-day Congress on Medieval Studies kicks off Thursday on the Kalamazoo campus of Western Michigan University. It’s expected to draw about 3,000 medieval scholars from around the world and feature roughly 550 sessions.

Organizers say the annual event seeks to strike a balance between the period’s portrayal in today’s books and films and deeper dives into the architecture, politics, science and other topics of that age.

The conference also includes a Friday evening program featuring 14th century music performed on historical instruments.

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