Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Register
Boston 2016

The 62nd Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America

Boston, 31 March–2 April 2016

Park Plaza Hotel and Hynes Convention Center

#RenSA16


Registration Check-In Hours

Please stop by registration to pick up your name badge, print program, and tote bag. Registration is located in the Park Plaza Mezzanine Level Ballroom B.

Unable to pick up your badge before giving your paper? That's okay—come see us at registration after your session.

Please do remember to pick up your badge before we close at noon on Saturday as badges are required for entering the Closing Reception.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

3:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

7:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Friday, 1 April 2016

8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.


Still need to register for the conference? Registration is open. This year we are pleased to offer for the first time a reduced registration rate for RSA members who are independent scholars, adjunct instructors, part-time instructors, and unemployed non-students, in addition to our student members. This rate is $10 less than last year's student rate.

All accepted participants in any role must have registered for the conference by 18 November 2015. Participants are required to be RSA members for the year of the conference, which allows registration at the member rates.

until 30 November 2015 from 1 December 2015 to 23 March 2016 from 24 March 2016, including on site
Regular Member Rate $185 $235 $260
Reduced Member Rate (students, independent scholars, adjunct instructors, part-time instructors, unemployed non-students) $120 $145 $165
Non-member $310 $335 $360


Program

 

The RSA 2016 Boston mobile app is available now for download to your phone or tablet. The RSA conference app contains all session information, such as individual paper titles and abstracts, and can be used to plan your personal schedule. The app also contains information about places to grab coffee and lunch near the conference venues.

The online program and schedule is available online. You may sign in to your RSA account to create a personal schedule. Personal schedules created in the online program cannot be used with the mobile app. If you plan to use the mobile app during the conference, we recommend you create your personal schedule there.

Print programs can be picked up at registration in Boston. A pdf of the print program is available online.

To report a cancellation or other late program change, please email us directly at rsa[at]rsa.org. In your email, please include the name and time of the session from which you are withdrawing. The deadline for program changes other than cancellations was 1 December 2015. 


Audio-Visual Services

A digital projector or flat screen tv has already been reserved for your session; there is no need to contact us to confirm your reservation this year.

You probably need an adapter to use the A/V. Most newer computers do not have a VGA port. For a smooth and lower-stress start to your session please make sure that you have a VGA-compatible adapter for your computer on hand before your presentation.

This is what a laptop VGA out port (called a "VGA female port") looks like:

 

If your laptop doesn't have that port and you want to use a/v you're going to need an adapter.

You need to bring your own laptop. RSA does not provide laptops. In the past, session participants have sometimes arranged to share one laptop; you may find the names of your co-presenters in our online program and their email addresses using the Member Search function on our website (after logging into your RSA member account).

Wi-fi is provided only to those sessions that reserved it at the time of submission.


Wifi

Hynes Convention Center

Wifi is provided at no charge throughout the convention center.

Boston Park Plaza

Wifi will be provided at no additional charge in Grand Ballroom A on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Check the signs in the book exhibit and balcony lounges for the daily password.


Transportation between the Hynes and Park Plaza

To allow time for traveling between the two venues, the conference schedule this year includes 30-minute breaks between sessions.

Ways to travel between the Park Plaza and Hynes:

ADA-Compliant Mini Shuttles

Those attendees with mobility impairment or other health issues that prevent walking between the Park Plaza and Hynes are welcome to use our RSA-only ADA-compliant mini shuttles. Shuttles will loop between the Hynes Convention Center Boylston Entrance and the Park Plaza valet entrance on Columbus Avenue, departing from each venue on the :10 and :40 of each hour. Shuttles will run from 7:40am to 9:10pm on Thursday and Friday and from 7:40am to 5:40pm on Saturday. Please be prepared to show your badge (or confirmation of registration if you're on your way to pick up your badge) to enter the shuttle.

Walking

Those who are able will likely find walking between the two venues the most effective means of transportation. Breaks for the Boston Annual Meeting are 30 minutes long, which should allow plenty of time to walk between sessions—we timed the walk on many occasions and found it to be about 15 minutes, 20 minutes if we wanted to slow down and enjoy the fresh air a bit longer.

Public Transportation

You can take public transportation between the venues–although we found walking to be just as fast or faster, depending on the time of day. On the green T [subway] line (trains B, C, and D run between the venues), use the Arlington Station for the Park Plaza and the Hynes Convention Center Station for the Hynes. Please keep in mind that these trains tend to be very crowded during rush hour.

Cab/Uber/Lyft

In the event that you need to move as quickly (and privately) as traffic allows please use a cab or cab-alternative such as Uber or Lyft. The average price of a cab (including 15% tip) between the two venues is $7.12, but the rate can go up depending on traffic. You can hail a taxi, find one at a taxi stand, or call a taxi (especially recommended in the evening). Here's a list of Boston taxi companies (none are endorsed by RSA):

  • Boston Cab, 617-536-5010
  • City Cab, 617-536-5100
  • ITOA, 617-268-1313
  • Metro Cab, 617-782-5500
  • 617TaxiCab, 617-829-4222

Guidelines for Participants

For a list of guidelines for panel speakers, chairs, and respondents, visit this page.


Conference Newsletter

Newsletters regarding conference updates are being sent periodically. You may access back issues here.


Conference Events

Click to view the official RSA event schedule for each day.


  • 3:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. — Registration
    Location: Park Plaza, Mezzanine, Grand Ballroom B


    In place of an opening reception we will offer a list of things to do in Boston the night before the conference. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts is open to those making a voluntary contribution (i.e., free) from 4:00 p.m. until 9:45 p.m.


  • 7:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. — Registration
    Location: Park Plaza, Mezzanine, Grand Ballroom B


    9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. — Book Exhibit
    Location: Park Plaza, Mezzanine, Grand Ballroom A
    List of publishers, businesses, and associations participating in our exhibit.


    12:00–6:00 p.m. — Executive Board Meeting
    Attendees: RSA Executive Board Members


    7:30–8:30 p.m. — Margaret Mann Phillips Lecture
    Location: Hynes Convention Center, Level Three, 302

    Sponsor: Erasmus of Rotterdam Society
    Organizer and Chair: Eric MacPhail, Indiana University

    Speaker: Mark Vessey, University of British Columbia

    “A More Radical Renaissance: The Novum Instrumentum (1516) in Its Time and Ours”

    Two modern collected editions of Erasmus, the ASD in 1969 and the CWE in 1974, were launched on the quincentenary of the author’s birth, in a spirit of religious ecumenism and classical-humanist revival. The Erasmus they set forth was still essentially author of the Adages, Praise of Folly, De Copia, and other “literary and educational writings” in a fashionable style. Nearing completion five decades later, these same editions are now deep in the edition and paraphrases of the New Testament, translations and editions of Church Fathers, and the sharp controversies in which the author engaged after 1517. How did the once-congenial Erasmus, for whom three sets of annual lectures were organized in different places, turn into his troubling and divisive counterpart? As critical scholarship catches up with a more radical Erasmus, this lecture offers a fresh look at texts that mark the turn of an era.


  • 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. — Registration
    Location: Park Plaza, Mezzanine, Grand Ballroom B


    9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. — Book Exhibit
    Location: Park Plaza, Mezzanine, Grand Ballroom A
    List of publishers, businesses, and associations participating in our exhibit.


    12:00–2:00 p.m. — Discipline Representative Meeting
    Attendees: RSA Discipline Representatives


    7:30–8:30 p.m. — Josephine Waters Bennett Lecture
    Location: Hynes Convention Center, Level Three, 302

    Sponsor: The Renaissance Society of America
    Organizer and Chair: Joseph Connors, Harvard University

    Speaker: Ann Blair, Harvard University

    “Humanism and Printing in the Work of Conrad Gessner”

    The humanist movement was well underway before the spread of printing in Europe, but humanists were also quick to adopt the new technology for their editions, translations, and writings. I will discuss how printing affected the practice of scholarship by examining the working methods of Conrad Gessner (1516–65), a prolific humanist, bibliographer, and natural historian. Gessner used his publications in innovative ways to advertise and develop his projects through multiple iterations and to solicit contributions of materials from readers all over Europe. Gessner also used them as an opportunity to print a surprising range of manuscripts by ancient or recent authors or of his own composition, creating miscellanies that expand our understanding of the uses of printing.


  • 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Registration
    Location: Park Plaza, Mezzanine, Grand Ballroom B


    9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. — Book Exhibit
    Location: Park Plaza, Mezzanine, Grand Ballroom A
    List of publishers, businesses, and associations participating in our exhibit.


    12:00–2:00 p.m. — Council Meeting
    Attendees: RSA Board Members, RSA Discipline Representatives, Associate Organization Representatives


    5:30–6:00 p.m. — Annual General Meeting
    Location: Park Plaza, Mezzanine, Georgian Room


    6:00–6:30 p.m. — Awards Ceremony
    Location: Park Plaza, Mezzanine, Georgian Room

    RSA Research Grants
    RSA-TCP Article Prize in Digital Renaissance Research
    William Nelson Prize
    Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Book Prize
    Paul Oskar Kristeller Lifetime Achievement Award


    6:30–8:00 p.m. — Closing Reception
    Location: Park Plaza, Mezzanine, Grand Ballroom

    Beer, wine, liquor, and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

    Who may attend: All conference attendees will be able to attend the Closing Reception. You do not need to register separately to attend the Closing Reception and there is no additional cost to attend. Your registration badge serves as the entry ticket.

    Don't know anyone planning to attend the Closing Reception? Please come! This year we're designating a section of the reception the "I Don't Know Anyone! Mixer," where you can come solo and meet other RSA members, Board members, and staff. Find the party in Grand Ballroom B, where you registered earlier in the conference.

    Guest tickets: Guest tickets for spouses and partners of registered conference attendees will be available for a fee for the Closing Reception. Reserve a guest ticket.

    Those under the age of 21 are not permitted to attend the reception due to hotel restrictions.


Annual General Meeting

All current RSA members are invited to attend the society's Annual General Meeting, taking place Saturday, 2 April at 5:30 p.m. in the Georgian Room of the Park Plaza Hotel. A meeting agenda and additional reports will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.


Closing Reception

Date and Time: Saturday, 2 April 2016, 6:30–8:00 p.m.

Location: Park Plaza, Mezzanine, Grand Ballroom

Beer, wine, liquor, and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Registered attendees do not need to reserve or purchase a ticket in order to attend the Closing Reception; one's registration badge serves as the entry ticket.

Don't know anyone planning to attend the Closing Reception? Please come! This year we're designating a section of the reception the "I Don't Know Anyone! Mixer," where you can come solo and meet other RSA members, Board members, and staff. Find the party in Grand Ballroom B, where you registered earlier in the conference.

Bringing a spouse or partner who isn't registered for the conference? Purchase a Guest Ticket in advance or at the door for $65.

Those under the age of 21 are not permitted to attend the reception due to hotel restrictions.


Professional Development Sessions

Roundtable: How to Publish Your First Book

Thursday, 31 March—Hynes, Room 200

Roundtable: Careers for Humanists

Friday, 1 April—Hynes, Room 200


Hotels

Update as of 18 March: Our blocks of rooms at the Park Plaza, W Hotel, Residence Inn, and Holiday Inn have sold out. Inventory is extremely limited at this time in Boston.  If you are not finding available options via the housing web site, you may Click Here to complete an online request and a Connections Housing Travel Specialist will contact you. You may also call them directly at 800-262-9974 or local number 404-842-0000 if you prefer to speak with an agent. The rooms offered by the Connections Travel Department are not at the RSA rates, nor are they guaranteed to be at one of the current RSA partner hotels.  This is strictly a service to assist with rooms in Boston.

Hotel Room Blocks (now sold out)

Hotel Address Room Type Price per Night
Before Tax
Park Plaza Hotel 50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116
singles &
doubles
$209
W Hotel 100 Stuart St
Boston, MA 02116
king-sized bed rooms only $259
Residence Inn Boston Cambridge 120 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142
one-bedroom suite $248
Holiday Inn Boston - Brookline 1200 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446
one queen or two full-sized beds,
standard interior
$219


Room Sharing Information

To find a roommate with whom to split the cost of hotel accommodation, you can make a post on our Room Sharing Blog. You must be logged into your RSA.org account to post.


Discounted Transportation To and From the Airport

RSA has partnered with GO Boston Shuttle to offer discounted airport shuttle reservations. To book your seat please use the RSA discount booking link; the discount is already added when you use our link.


Discounted Parking

In the event you're driving to the conference you may reserve discounted parking in advance with SpotHero. SpotHero is a parking reservation service that connects drivers to discounted, convenient parking. Download the SpotHero iPhone | Android app or visit the Hynes Convention Center SpotHero Parking Page to find and reserve your parking spot.

If you're new to SpotHero you can download the app and enter promo code RSA16 for an extra $5 off parking.

Please call SpotHero directly if you have questions about their service: (617) 381-4535.


Coffee and Food

We have a list of some coffee and food options near the Park Plaza and Hynes. The list can also be found in the coffee and food section of our mobile app.


Participant Letters

If your university requires a signed and sealed letter stating that you participated in the conference you may request one at the registration Help Desk, located in Grand Ballroom B at the Park Plaza.


Lactation Room

A room for those in need of a private space for nursing and pumping is available at the Park Plaza. Please stop by the registration desk during the conference during open hours (Thursday 7:30am-6:00pm; Friday 8:00am-5:30pm; Saturday 8:30am-12:00pm) to check out the key and a map showing the location of the room.

Please be advised that for the sake of privacy we have just one key to the room and it may be in use when you arrive at registration. The room does not have a refrigerator and all belongings should be removed from the room after use.


Volunteer to Chair

Visit this page to view the available sessions and submit your volunteer application.


Tours

The Local Arrangements Committee organized 13 exclusive, free tours for RSA 2016 Boston at some of the most iconic points of interest for scholars in Boston. The tours were advertised in several pre-conference newsletters and on our social media. Sign-up for tours closed 24 March.


Application Status

Notices regarding the acceptance and rejection of sessions and papers were emailed to applicants on 20 August 2015.

Applicants for travel grants were notified in September 2015.


Acceptance and commitment

Acceptance to the conference is a commitment to attend. If you are unable to participate, we ask that you inform both the organizer of your session and RSA as soon as possible. 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.


Sponsors

Boston College

Brandeis University | Dean of Arts and Sciences

Harvard University | Division of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Sciences | Department of English

Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences | The Tomasso Family Fund; Professor Vincent Pollina, Curator | Tufts University | The Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT) | Department of Art and Art History | Department of Drama and Dance | Department of English | Department of History | Department of Music

University of Massachusetts Boston

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Wellesley College | Medieval/Renaissance Studies Program

Membership Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal