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RSA 2018 New Orleans

Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 22–24 March 2018

Conference hashtag: #RenSA18

The submissions site is now closed.

Acceptance decisions were delivered via email on 28 August 2017.


On this page:

Online conference program
About our RSA 2018 NOLA images
Plenaries and special events
Registration and conference program
Volunteer to chair
Travel grants
Diversity grants
Room sharing
Lactation rooms
Cancellation policy
Presentation language
Professional conduct
Conference collegiality and social media
Audio and video recording policy
Book exhibition
Conference FAQ


Conference sponsor

Tulane University

Event sponsors

The Latin American Library, Tulane University
New Orleans Museum of Art
SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900


Online conference program

The full conference program and schedule is available online. If you need any changes to be made to a program entry, please submit them using this form.

About our RSA 2018 NOLA images

Christine L. Hernández, Curator of Special Collections at the Latin American Library at Tulane University, wrote about the history of the Mapa de Cuauhtlantzinco, the source of our RSA 2018 NOLA print program, promotional, and app images.

Plenaries and special events

Pre-conference events


Wednesday, 21 March 2018


6:00–6:45 p.m.: Concert at the Immaculate Conception Church.

NOVA VOCE will present Palestrina’s “Pope Marcellus Mass” in the beautiful space of Immaculate Conception Church (The Jesuit Church), 130 Baronne Street, New Orleans, across the street from the Roosevelt Hotel. The concert will begin at 6:00 and is open to the public with donations gratefully accepted. RSA Conference attendees are welcome!

130 Barrone Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
(Link to Google Maps)

6:00–8:00 p.m.: Reception at the Latin American Library, Tulane University. (Space limited, please RSVP at the first step of the conference registration process.)

Update, 14 February 2018: All available spaces on the guest list for the Tulane University Latin American Library pre-conference reception have been filled, and RSVPs are no longer available at registration. To be added to the waiting list, contact us at

The Latin American Library at Tulane University cordially invites RSA conference registrants to attend a reception and exhibit opening at the Library on Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

The exhibit will feature items from the Library’s world-renowned collection of original Native Mesoamerican painted manuscripts as well as some of the earliest products of Spanish American presses from the sixteenth century.

Drinks and hors-d’oeuvres will be served.

There is no charge, but registration is required. Please RSVP for this event during the initial step of conference registration.

The Tulane campus is a 20-minute Lyft or cab ride from the conference hotel, the New Orleans Hilton Riverside. Registrants for the reception will be invited to convene at the conference hotel at 5:30 p.m. to organize shared rides.

Tulane Uptown Campus
The Latin American Library
4th floor, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
7001 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
(Link to Google Maps)

6:00–8:00 p.m.: Reception at the New Orleans Museum of Art

Update, 12 December 2017: All available spaces on the guest list for the New Orleans Museum of Art pre-conference reception have been filled, and RSVPs are no longer available at registration. To be added to the waiting list, contact us at

Please also note that the Museum will offer free admission to RSA conference attendees beginning on Wednesday afternoon and continuing throughout the conference. For free admission, show your RSA conference name badge.

One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park
New Orleans, LA 70124
(Link to Google Maps)

Plenary sessions and lectures


Thursday, 22 March 2018


Plenary roundtable: The Representation of Race in the Renaissance

6:00–8:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom A, New Orleans Hilton Riverside

View in conference program

Herman Bennett, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Paul Kaplan, Purchase College, SUNY
Christopher B. Rodning, Tulane University
Ayanna Thompson, George Washington University

This special roundtable session is open to both conference registrants and local students and scholars, with no extra admission fee. The ballroom in which it will be held holds a maximum capacity of 500 audience members. To make sure we have enough room to accommodate the interest in this session, we ask that you please fill out this form if you plan to attend.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Josephine Waters Bennett Lecture

6:30–8:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom A, New Orleans Hilton Riverside (View in online program)

Sponsors: SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 and the Renaissance Society of America

Nabil Matar, University of Minnesota

The Protestant Reformation in Arabic Sources, 1517–1798


Saturday, 24 March 2018


Margaret Mann Phillips Lecture

12:45–1:45 p.m., Grand Ballroom A, New Orleans Hilton Riverside (View in online program)

Sponsor: Erasmus of Rotterdam Society

Ann M. Blair, Harvard University

Erasmus and His Amanuenses

Annual Membership Meeting

5:45–6:30 p.m., Jefferson Ballroom, New Orleans Hilton Riverside

Closing Reception

6:30–8:00 p.m., Grand Ballrooms A and B, New Orleans Hilton Riverside

Who may attend: All conference attendees are invited 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. Those under the age of 21 are not permitted to attend the reception due to hotel restrictions.


Registration and conference program

Registration for the New Orleans conference is open for RSA members. Non-member Conference Submitters must become a 2018 member and register for the conference at the member rate starting on 15 November 2017. Past RSA members whose memberships have lapsed may also renew now to register for the conference at the member rate. The initial registration rate will rise before the conference, on the date indicated in the table below.

Beginning this year, to help offset the associated labor and production costs, a ten-dollar surcharge will be applied at the time of registration for those attendees who wish to receive a print copy of the conference program in New Orleans. Programs will also be on sale at registration for ten dollars. The most up-to-date version of the program will always be freely available online and through the RSA 2018 New Orleans smartphone app. The full text of the print program will also be made available as a PDF download shortly before the conference. Registration rates including a print copy of the program are shown in parentheses in the table below.

  from 15 December 2017 to 15 March 2018 from 15 March 2018, including on site
Regular Member Rate (+ print copy of program) $235 ($245) $260 ($270)
Reduced Member Rate – students, independent scholars, adjunct instructors, part-time instructors, unemployed non-students (+ print copy of program) $145 ($155) $165 ($175)
Non-member (+ print copy of program) $370 ($380) $415 ($425)


Volunteer to chair

Panels organized by the RSA from accepted individual paper submissions are in need of volunteer chairs. Chairs must hold the PhD and be 2018 RSA members to be eligible; all participants must also register for the conference. A list of sessions in need of chairs is available here. You may apply to be a volunteer chair now by filling out this form.

Travel grants

Scholars traveling from outside the US or Canada to participate in the New Orleans conference may apply for a $500 travel stipend, supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation or the RSA General Fund. The deadline for RSA/Kress travel grant applications has passed as of 7 June 2017.

Diversity grants

The Renaissance Society of America will offer ten diversity grants for attendance at the 2018 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. These grants, of $500 each, will provide financial assistance for minority scholars (African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and other traditionally underrepresented groups), residing in the US or Canada, to attend the conference. International scholars from historically underrepresented minorities residing in the US or Canada are also eligible to apply. The conference registration fee will be waived for the diversity grant recipients. We will welcome applications from both conference participants and attendees. The deadline for applications was 15 January 2018. Grant winners were contacted by email by mid-February.


All conference sessions will be held at or very near the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The RSA has reserved a block of sleeping rooms at rates starting at $225 per night (plus taxes and fees) for both singles and doubles. Reservations in the RSA block can be made by booking online at our reservation mini-site. If you prefer to book using the telephone please call either the Hilton New Orleans Riverside directly at (504) 584-3999 or Hilton Central Reservations at 1-800-hiltons and identify yourself as a member of the Renaissance Society of America. Please be advised that the hotel will charge a deposit equal to one night's stay (one night's rental fee plus taxes and fees) to guarantee your reservation; the deposit is refundable up to 72 hours in advance of your arrival date.

If your preferred dates are not available at the Hilton Riverside, our host hotel, please reserve in our overflow block at the Omni Riverfront New Orleans, located nearby. Reserve online or call 504-524-8200 and ask for reservations..

Room sharing blog

To find another conference attendee with whom to share a hotel room and split the cost of accommodation, you may make a post on the NOLA room sharing blog. Please include whatever contact information is necessary for another prospective conference attendee to get in touch with you directly. You must be logged in to a current RSA membership to view or post.

Lactation rooms

Three private lactation rooms will be available during Registration hours. Please visit Registration to check out a key (first come, first served). Please note that we are unable to store personal items.


All participants in the 2018 Annual Meeting are required to hold active RSA memberships for the year of the conference. Doing so will allow you to register for the conference at the reduced member rate. 2018 membership renewals for current and expired members and new member registrations were made available starting 15 November 2017.

2018 RSA membership dues rates

Annual Income ($) 2018 Dues ($)
Patron 200
Dual 147.90
 100,001 and above 147.90
80,001–100,000 122.40
60,001–80,000 102
48,001–60,000 86.70
36,001–48,000 76.50
24,001–36,000 56.10
12,001–24,000 45.90
12,000 and below 35.70

Cancellation policy

Acceptance to the conference is a commitment to attend. To withdraw after the registration deadline, except in cases of emergency, is discourteous to your colleagues and to all those whose papers were not accepted for lack of space. Reading in absentia (whether by video-conferencing or presentation by surrogates) is not permitted. The RSA wants to encourage discussion and dialogue among panelists and attendees, and this is not possible if the author of a paper is not present. Speakers who fail to register and fail to show up at the conference to give their papers will be barred from speaking at the next year’s conference.

If you must cancel your attendance at the RSA Annual Meeting due to an emergency and wish to request a refund, the following rules apply:

There are no refunds on RSA membership dues.

A partial refund of the conference registration fee may be available, under limited circumstances.

If you submit a refund request on or before 31 December 2017, you will be refunded 50 percent of your registration fee, minus a $25 administrative fee.

No refunds will be issued for requests sent on or after 1 January 2018.

Exceptions for serious medical and family emergencies will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the RSA Executive Director, President, and Vice President, upon receipt of an explanation. In such cases, if a refund is granted, a $25 administrative fee will be assessed.

Presentation language

The RSA encourages presenters to submit their abstracts and give their talks in English when possible, in order to ensure the broadest potential audience for the work being presented. Papers may be given in other languages as appropriate. We expect that papers will be delivered in the language in which the abstract is submitted.

Professional conduct

As an international, multidisciplinary organization, the RSA seeks to provide an inclusive and productive environment for its diverse conference participants. Professional norms require that we treat others equitably and with respect. These norms cover all participants, including RSA members, staff, volunteers, and venue and event staff, in both formal and informal situations. Accordingly, the RSA deplores harassment in all forms and is sensitive to the harm suffered by persons who experience it. Freedom of inquiry carries with it the responsibility of professional behavior. Ethical and professional conduct advances academic freedom and the mission of our society.

Conference collegiality and social media

The primary purpose of the RSA's annual conference is to promote interdisciplinary exchange and the study of the period between 1300 and 1700. Recent advances in technology have opened up many new and exciting possibilities that can facilitate this exchange of ideas, and the use of social media like Twitter and Facebook at conferences has sparked a series of dynamic discussions over the best way to incorporate social media into the conference experience. We encourage members to use the new tools of social media to engage with the conference, while at the same time maintaining the basic standards of professional courtesy and collegiality that encourage open and unfettered intellectual exchange.

We thus offer two basic principles for interactions at the conference. First, following the common understanding of intellectual property, attributions and quotations on social media should be as clear as possible, accurately representing presenters' arguments and ideas. Secondly, presenters, audience members, and commentators (whether in-person or online) should maintain a professional tone, avoiding personal comments or other matters one would not typically raise in a published forum.

A list of guidelines for all conference participants is available here.

Audio and video recording policy

Audio recording, video recording, and live broadcasting of sessions is not permitted without the prior express consent of speakers and audience members, in order to protect the privacy and intellectual property rights of conference participants. Violators will be asked to leave the conference, and may be barred from attending future RSA conferences.

In rare circumstances, members of the media may record short pieces designed to convey the conference atmosphere. Such arrangements must be made through the Renaissance Society of America and require the consent of all speakers at a session. When recording is approved, a representative of the Renaissance Society of America will accompany the reporter and crew. The session organizer will announce to the audience that audio or video recording will take place during a part of the session. Only background recording is allowed, not the recording of an entire session.

Requests for exceptions must be made in writing to the Renaissance Society of America and relevant speakers at least thirty (30) days before the conference.

Members of the media may occasionally record short segments at non-session events, such as receptions. Such arrangements must be made through the Renaissance Society of America.

Book exhibition

List of exhibitors.

We are no longer accepting ad and table reservations.

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