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Berlin 2015

The Sixty-First Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America

Berlin, 26–28 March 2015

Thank you for your submissions. Decision notices were sent on 18 August 2014.

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Conference Schedule
Conference Venue
Membership and Participation
Berlin Hotel Reservations and Information
Special Events Schedule
Special Events Request Form
Travel Grants
Acceptance and Commitment
Information for Prospective Book Exhibitors
Participant FAQs

Conference Schedule

The scheduled program for the annual meeting in Berlin is now available online. Please note that the Program Calendar function currently works best with touchscreen browsing on tablets and smart phones. To use the Program Calendar on a desktop or laptop, click your mouse inside the calendar and then drag the screen up/down and left/right. The conference mobile app that was introduced for the New York conference will be available for the Berlin conference in January.

Program corrections and other changes will be accepted by the RSA office through 1 December 2014. To change your affiliation, please sign in to your RSA member profile and go to My Profile > Edit Bio to change any details. The new affiliation will update in the online program within 24 hours. If the change is made before 1 December, it will be updated in the printed program as well. Please be sure to update your email address if necessary, in order to continue to receive important conference announcements.

Conference Venue

The conference panels, distribution of registration materials, all plenary lectures, and the book exhibit will take place at Humboldt University. Sessions will be held in a number of buildings on campus. The Hauptgebäude on Unter den Linden will be the site for registration, the Mann Phillips lecture, the Bennett lecture (according to the current plan), and the book exhibit. We do not have any sessions, lectures, or meetings scheduled at any of the conference hotels. This map does the best job of showing the location of the conference venues and the current list of conference hotels.

Membership and Participation

All accepted conference participants must become members for the calendar year 2015, in addition to registering for the conference. Membership for 2015 is available now. Most current members are enrolled in auto-renewal; auto-renewals are processed on 31 December each year.

Conference Submitters and expired members who are accepted to the conference must renew their membership for the year of the conference.


Registration is open. All conference participants must register by 15 November 2014. If your membership has expired or you have a temporary Conference Submitter membership, please renew for 2015 membership first, then register for the conference. Renewing your membership first will allow you to register for the conference at the member rate.


until 30 November 1 December –
19 March
from 20 March
(including onsite)
 Member $185 $235 $260
 Student member $130 $145 $165
 Non-member $310 $335 $360

Berlin Hotel Reservations and Information

Berlin Hotel Reservation Site

Hotel Policies

For the convenience of members, RSA has contracted with a number of Berlin hotels for guest rooms during the 2015 Berlin conference. Hotels are located close to Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, where all sessions will be scheduled; please refer to this map for hotel locations relative to the university. Most of the hotels have strict cancellation policies. We urge you to familiarize yourself with the cancellation policies when finalizing your reservation. RSA is not responsible for individual members’ hotel reservations in the event that you cannot participate in the conference or otherwise need to change your reservation. Below we have included summaries of the hotel policies. More complete cancellation information is available within the reservation site.

  • Hilton Berlin
  • NH Berlin Friedrichstrasse
  • Park Inn
  • Radisson Blu
  • Ramada
  • Rocco Forte Hotels (Hotel de Rome)
  • Sofitel
  • Westin

Special Events Schedule

Special Events Request Form

  • Opening Reception, Bode Museum – 7:00–9:00 p.m.

  • Plenary Session: German Humanism, Humboldt University – 7:00–8:30 p.m.

  • RSA Annual Membership Meeting, Humboldt University – 6:30–7:00 p.m.

    Margaret Mann Phillips Lecture, Humboldt University – 7:00–8:30 p.m.

  • Awards Ceremony, Humboldt University – 5:30–6:00 p.m.

    Josephine Waters Bennett Lecture, Humboldt University – 6:00–7:00 p.m.

    Closing Reception, Kulturforum – 8:00–10:00 p.m. (bus transportation provided to the Kulturforum from the Bennett lecture)

Travel Grants (submissions are closed)

RSA will offer a limited number of travel grants to assist speakers who will be traveling to Berlin from outside Europe. These grants are competitive, not guaranteed; the average award is $500. Funding comes from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Renaissance Society of America.

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Who may apply?

Authors of papers in art history are eligible for Kress grants; they are awarded based on demonstrated need to art historians who lack sufficient travel funds. RSA travel grants are awarded in all disciplines. They support graduate students as well as degree holders without either a tenured or tenure-track position. Application is limited to scholars presenting their research; session organizers, chairs, respondents, or roundtable participants will not be considered for funding.

When are grants awarded?

RSA committees will review all applications, and submit a list of Kress candidates to the Kress Foundation for further review. We aim to announce travel grant winners by November.


Acceptance and Commitment

Accepted participants or their sponsoring institution/organization must plan to fund their own travel and lodging expenses in addition to the membership and conference fees. Only a limited number of small travel grants will be offered; deadline is the same as the submission of proposals. The registration fee is used to pay for conference facilities and events, audio-visual expenses, receptions, printed and electronic program materials, and the year-round staffing needed to produce the conference. Because these expenses are incurred all year long, the registration fee is not refundable.

Acceptance to the conference is a commitment to attend. If you are accepted to the conference but find that you are in fact unable to participate, you are obliged to inform both the organizer of your session and RSA as soon as possible, and no later than the registration deadline. To withdraw from the conference after the registration deadline, except in cases of emergency, is discourteous to your colleagues and is considered unacceptable by RSA. If you cannot attend the conference, your paper may not be read by someone else and you will not be listed in the program.

Preliminary conference information

Information for Prospective Book Exhibitors

Participant FAQs

Annual Meeting Submission Guidelines (submissions for Berlin are closed)

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