The Renaissance Society of America wishes to acknowledge and thank the sponsors of the Annual Meeting.
Art Institute of Chicago
DePaul University College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Loyola University Chicago College of Arts and Sciences
The Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies
Northwestern University Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Samuel H. Kress Foundation
University of Chicago Department of Art History
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters
University of Notre Dame School of Architecture
The personal schedule you create in the online program will not carry over to the app and vice versa. If you plan on using the app on-site for the conference, we recommend that you build your personal schedule there after creating a Guidebook account.
To request a change or correction to the program, please submit this form. You will receive email confirmation after the change has been made. Program change requests are accepted through 1 December 2016.
To change your affiliation in the conference program, sign in to your RSA profile and then go to Manage Profile > Edit Bio. The affiliation will automatically update in the online program within 48 hours. Please note that changes submitted after December 1 may not appear in the print program or the conference app.
Paper abstracts will appear in the online program and in the mobile app only, and will not appear in the printed program.
Conference registration is now open. We are pleased to offer 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.
All accepted participants in any role must have registered for the conference by 15 December 2016. Participants are required to be RSA members for the year of the conference, which allows registration at the member rates.
In place of an opening reception we will offer a list of things to do in Chicago the night before the conference.
Afternoon — Visit to University of Chicago Library to see a special exhibit
More information and signup link to come.
5:30–7:30 p.m. — Welcome reception for graduate students at the Newberry Library
The Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies cordially invites graduate students attending the Renaissance Society of America's annual conference to a wine and beer reception on Wednesday, March 29th, 5:30-7:30 pm. Snacks will be provided.
Space is limited to the first 250 people who RSVP. For more information and to register, visit the event page.
RSA Research Fellowships
RSA-TCP Article Prize in Digital Renaissance Research
William Nelson Prize
Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Book Prize
Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Book Prize
Paul Oskar Kristeller Lifetime Achievement Award
Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Each attendee will be given a ticket for one free drink at the door; additional drinks may be purchased from the cash bars.
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.
Art Institute of Chicago discount
Thanks to the generous support of the Art Institute of Chicago, all Annual Meeting registrants will receive half-price admission. The Art Institute of Chicago’s Deering Family Galleries of Medieval and Renaissance Art, Arms, and Armor will open in March 2017, just before the Annual Meeting.
Annual General Meeting
All current RSA members are invited to attend the society's Annual General Meeting, to be held Saturday, 1 April at 5:15 p.m. in the Red Lacquer Room of the Palmer House. A meeting agenda and reports will be posted prior to the meeting.
For information about promotional opportunities please consult our letter to print and digital publishers, book sellers, and authors.
All conference sessions will be held at the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago. (Link to Google Maps) The RSA has reserved a block of sleeping rooms at the rate of $199/night (plus tax) 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 Palmer House directly at 312-726-7500 or Hilton Central Reservations at 877-865-5321 and identify yourself as a member of the Renaissance Society of America. Please be advised that the hotel will charge a deposit (one night's rental fee plus tax) at the time the reservation is made.
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.
All participants in the 2017 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. 2017 membership renewals for current and expired members and new member registrations will both open on 15 November 2016.
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 2016, 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 2017.
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.
Dues and registration
All participants in the 2017 RSA Chicago program must pay 2017 membership dues and the registration fee. Membership allows you to register at the member rate.
2017 Membership dues
In 2017 the RSA will adopt a confidential, income-adjusted structure for its membership dues. This new structure will replace our traditional dues categories and is similar to the dues structures used by other large scholarly societies, such as the Medieval Academy of America and the American Historical Association. It differs from the previous structure in that it is progressive: RSA members will be invited to opt in privately at the dues level that is appropriate for their income level and circumstances of employment. The dues structure the RSA Executive Board decided on, after discussing a variety of options over the past eighteen months, is designed to recognize the vast changes that have taken place in academic hiring practices and the impact on our members. Members opting in at income levels of $60,000 and below will see no change or a decrease in their annual dues. Read more.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
For the Chicago Annual Meeting, the RSA has engaged the services of a professional photographer. If you do not want to be photographed, please approach him and make your wishes known.