Call for Papers and Sessions
for the 60th Annual RSA Meeting
New York Hilton Midtown,
27–29 March 2014
The Program Committee welcomes submissions for individual papers
or panels on any aspect of Renaissance studies, or the era ca. 1300–1700.
Members are invited to post calls for papers on our website to aid in the organization
of sessions (see below).
The deadline for all submissions is Tuesday, 11 June 2013.
To submit proposals, sign in to RSA and use the link under Submit Proposals at the bottom of this page.
Most sessions are composed of three 20-minute papers. This leaves
time in the 90-minute slot for formal responses or for questions from the
audience. Each session must have a chair who is not also speaking in the
session; a respondent is optional. Other formats, such as roundtable
discussions, are allowed, but they too must have a chair who stands outside the
discussion and moderates it.
Concatenated sessions on a single theme or in honor of a single
scholar are allowed, normally in sequences of two or three sessions, but with a
maximum of five. The reasoning behind this rule is that participants should be
able to attend the meeting as a whole and not be sequestered in a
good abstract will reveal the kernel of the argument and will inform
specialists in the field of what is new about the research. Generalities known
to everyone, or research that a scholar intends to do but has not yet begun,
are not appropriate. Relevant information, e.g. the presentation of a newly
discovered manuscript or work of art, should be included.
Who may submit proposals
RSA Discipline Representatives may submit proposals for sessions.
Since they will have vetted the proposals for quality and coherence, these
proposals are accepted without further review.
RSA Associated Organizations can also vet and submit proposals
through their official representatives, who are listed on the RSA website on
the Associated Organizations page. Since these representatives will have vetted
the proposals for quality and coherence, these proposals are also accepted
without further review.
Individuals may submit proposals for independent papers; these
will be vetted by the Program Committee and then formed into compatible
Individuals may also propose sessions, usually of three papers,
which will be vetted by the Program Committee especially to gage the coherence
of the session. They should simultaneously propose a chair who is not
presenting in the session.
a given person may serve as organizer or chair of more than one
session, any one conference participant may submit only one paper for
consideration, and may present one time in a single session at any
individuals may submit single papers, and they may submit one such
Representatives of Disciplines and Associate Organizations
submit complete sessions only. Any given
Discipline Representative or Associate Organization Representative may
submit up to five sponsored sessions. These sessions must be submitted by the recognized
Representatives of those groups. To identify the representative for an
Associate Organization, please review the Associate Organizations page.
Each proposed paper must include: paper title; abstract (150-word maximum); keywords; and a brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). Chairs, organizers, and respondents do not submit a curriculum vitae. A
note on the cv requirement: please paste a one-page cv (not a prose bio) into the text
box provided; do not worry about formatting losses, as the cv is used
for review only and is not published online or in print.
Each submission must select a general
discipline area that best fits the submission, from among History, Art
History, Literature, and Other. Please select Other only if
the session falls outside of these general areas. This is for reviewing
purposes only and will not affect how people will search in the
program, if the submission is accepted.
sessions are composed of three 20-minute papers, but other formats,
including roundtable discussions, will be considered as well. All
sessions, including roundtables, must have a chair; a respondent is
optional. Panel submissions do not submit session abstracts, only paper abstracts for each paper. Roundtable submissions submit a 150-word session abstract. Roundtables must have an organizer, a chair, and a number of discussants.
A series of sessions on a theme must be submitted as separate,
organized sessions (that is, do not submit a single session with six
papers; you must submit two sessions of three papers each). A series of
sessions should be named according to the following scheme: Michelangelo in Florence I, Michelangelo in Florence II, Michelangelo in Florence III. This will ensure that they are reviewed and scheduled as a series, one following the next.
An individual may not chair or act as respondent in a panel in which he or she is a presenter.An individual may serve as chair and respondent of the same panel.
presenters to submit their abstracts and to give
their talks in English when possible, in order to ensure the
broadest potential audience for the work being presented. It is
assumed that papers will be delivered in the language in which the
abstract is submitted.
A note on audio-visual requests: please
remember that RSA is charged for all services, so please limit your
requests to those services you are certain you will need.
Associate Organizations and Discipline Representatives
Only Discipline Representatives and the authorized representatives of
Associate Organizations may submit sponsored sessions. If you are an authorized individual, the Discipline
Representative / Associate Organization Menu will appear on the
submissions page. In order to submit sponsored sessions, you must use the Discipline
Representative / Associate Organization Menu to submit your sessions, and not the general submission menu.
You will be able to submit organized sessions only, and only for your
organization or discipline. If the Discipline Representative / Associate
Organization Menu does not appear on the main submission page, please
contact RSA. Please do not type the group/discipline name in
the session title or scheduling requests field. Only submissions received
through the Discipline
Representative / Associate Organization Menu will be considered as sponsored sessions. Submitters
Associate Organizations and Discipline Representatives must be current
NB: Submissions for sponsored sessions do not receive email confirmation notices.
Your submissions will appear under the Sessions tab on your group or
discipline's own submissions page within the submission system. You may
edit these submissions up until the submission deadline.
Membership and participation
do not need to be a member to submit a proposal, but all accepted
participants must become members, in addition to registering
for the conference. In order to submit a proposal, you must be logged in
to the RSA site, and you must be a current member or a Conference
Submitter. If you are a non-member who wishes to submit a proposal
(sessions or individual proposal) and do not wish to join RSA now,
please go first to Membership: Join/Renew
menu, click on Join RSA, and choose Conference Submitter as your membership type. There is
no charge for registering as a Conference Submitter, which is a
temporary membership for submission purposes, with no membership
privileges. IMPORTANT: If you are a current member or an expired member, please do not register as a Conference Submitter; please contact email@example.com for assistance.
you are submitting a session, you will select participants from a list
of names. You will be able to select current and expired members in our
database, and you will be able to select anyone who has registered as a
Conference Submitter. Any participants who are not current
or expired members should register as Conference Submitters before the session
is submitted; this will allow the person submitting the session to
select that person from the database. However, you may add people to
your session who do not appear in the database list (you will need their
affiliation and email to do so). Adding an unlisted participant will
create a Conference Submitter record for that person; participants added
this way should NOT register separately as Conference Submitters. If you add an unlisted participant to your session, it is very important that you provide an accurate email address; otherwise, the participant will not receive important communications from RSA about conference acceptance and registration.
You can use the Member Search
on the RSA homepage to check the membership status of people in a panel
you are submitting. Conference Submitters will not appear in this list
because they are not regular members of RSA. However, people who have
registered as Conference Submitters will appear on the list of names
available in the submission module.
Submitters and expired members who are accepted to the conference must
renew their membership for the year of the conference (available after
Accepted participants or their
sponsoring institution/organization will need to fund their own travel
and lodging expenses in addition to the membership and conference fees. The registration fee is used to pay for conference
facilities and events.
to the conference is a commitment to attend. If you are accepted to the
conference but find that you are in fact unable to attend, you are
obliged to let the organizer of your session and RSA know as soon as
possible, and no later than the registration deadline. If you must
withdraw, alternate plans can be made to account for your absence, but only if
enough notice is given. Withdrawing from the conference after the
registration deadline, except in cases of emergency, is discourteous to
your colleagues and is considered unacceptable by the RSA.
Kress travel funding
the last several years the RSA has been able to offer travel stipends
from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to help support travel to the RSA
conference. Individuals traveling from outside North America who
papers on topics in art history may apply for a Kress travel stipend. An
RSA committee reviews all applications and then applies to the
Kress Foundation for travel funds. Kress travel grants are very
competitive, and conference travel funding is not guaranteed. Session
organizers, chairs, and respondents are not eligible for travel grants;
only individuals who are authors of accepted papers will be eligible. If
you meet the eligibility requirements (proposing an art history paper;
traveling from outside North America) you may submit an application:
please sign in to RSA and then use the main submission link below.
The application requires: paper title; abstract (no longer than 150
words); curriculum vitae (no longer than 300 words); statement of need
(no longer than 100 words).
organizers may not apply on behalf of applicants; the paper author must
apply for a Kress grant him/herself. This is a separate application
from the rest of the submission process.
The deadline for Kress applications is 11 June 2013.
The conference will be held at the New York Hilton Midtown, located at 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10019. RSA has reserved a block of guest rooms for conference participants. A link for hotel reservations will be coming soon. The group room rate will be $239.
Call for Papers
To post a CfP or browse and search CfPs, select from the following blogs. You may cross-post a CfP to as many blogs as you like. Posts appear following approval by an administrator.
Interdisciplinary and Other
All proposals must be submitted to the submission site by the submission deadline. You must sign in to RSA before visiting the submission site. All submissions must be entered in the submission site by Tuesday, 11 June 2013.
must complete the submission through to the last page and hit SUBMIT to
save your work. Partially submitted sessions are not saved. However,
once you have submitted a session you may return to edit it up until the
submission deadline. Simply go back to the submissions main menu page
and select "Submit or Edit a Proposal" (general submissions) or "Submit /
Manage Submissions" (Associate Organizations and Discipline Representatives). All paper titles and abstracts must be included in
your submission by the submission deadline.
Submit all conference proposals and Kress applications here.