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RSA 2017 Chicago

RSA 2017 Chicago

Chicago, The Palmer House Hilton, 30 March–1 April 2017

The submission site is now closed. Decision emails have been sent to all applicants.

Conference hashtag: #RenSA17

 

On this page:

Program
Registration
Hotel
Room sharing information
Conference events
Annual General Meeting
Membership
Cancellation policy
Required fees
Volunteer to chair a panel
Presentation language
Conference travel grants
Book exhibit and ads

Program

The online program is now available.

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. Paper authors are responsible for submitting any corrections to abstracts.


Registration

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.

If you're not a current RSA member, please wait until 15 November to become a 2017 member and register for the conference at the member rate. If you register for the conference before becoming a member, you'll pay the higher non-member rate.

until 15 December 2016 from 15 December 2016 to 22 March 2017 from 23 March 2017, 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 $330 $370 $415


Hotel

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.


Conference Events

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


  • 3:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. — Registration
    Location: Palmer House, Fourth Floor, Registration Bays


    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 p.m.–7:30 p.m. — Welcome Reception for Graduate Students at the Newberry Library
    More information and signup link to come.


  • 7:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. — Registration
    Location: Palmer House, Fourth Floor, Registration Bays


    9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. — Book Exhibit
    Location: Palmer House, Fourth Floor, Exhibit Hall


    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: Palmer House, Fourth Floor, Red Lacquer Room

    Sponsor: Erasmus of Rotterdam Society and the Renaissance Society of America

    Organizer and Chair: Eric MacPhail, Indiana University

    Speaker: Silvana Seidel Menchi, University of Pisa

    “The Alphabet of Images: Erasmus' Other Language?”


    7:30–8:30 p.m. — Newberry Consort Performance
    Location: Palmer House, Third Floor, Crystal Room

    Sponsor: DePaul University College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the Renaissance Society of America

    “The Origin of the Violin c. 1600”

    David Douglass, violin
    Tim McDonald, violin
    Brandy Berry, viola
    Jeremy David Ward, bass violin


  • 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. — Registration
    Location: Palmer House, Fourth Floor, Registration Bays


    9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. — Book Exhibit
    Location: Palmer House, Fourth Floor, Exhibit Hall


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


    7:30–8:30 p.m. — Josephine Waters Bennett Lecture
    Location: Palmer House, Fourth Floor, Red Lacquer Room

    Sponsor: The Renaissance Society of America

    Organizer and Chair: Pamela H. Smith, Columbia University

    Speaker: Susan McClary, Case Western Reserve University


  • 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Registration
    Location: Palmer House, Fourth Floor, Registration Bays


    9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. — Book Exhibit
    Location: Palmer House, Fourth Floor, Exhibit Hall


    12:15–1:15 p.m. — Society for Renaissance Studies Keynote Lecture
    Location: Palmer House, Fourth Floor, Red Lacquer Room

    Sponsor: The Society for Renaissance Studies and the Renaissance Society of America
    Speaker: Paul Hills, Emeritus, The Courtauld Institute of Art


    5:30–6:00 p.m. — Annual General Meeting
    Location: Palmer House, Fourth Floor, Red Lacquer Room


    6:00–6:30 p.m. — Awards Ceremony
    Location: Palmer House, Fourth Floor, Red Lacquer Room

    RSA Research Grants
    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


    6:30–8:00 p.m. — Closing Reception
    Location: Palmer House, Fourth Floor, 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.

    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, 1 April at 5:30 p.m. in the Red Lacquer Room of the Palmer House. A meeting agenda and additional reports will be posted prior to the meeting.


Membership

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.


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. If you cannot attend, your paper may not be read by someone else, and you will not be listed in the program. 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.

Membership Category 2017 Dues
 Patron $200
Dual $145
 Annual income $100,001 and above $145
 $80,001–100,000 $120
 $60,001–80,000 $100
 $48,001–60,000 $85
 $36,001–48,000 $75
 $24,001–36,000 $55
 $12,001–24,000  $45
 $12,000 and below  $35


Meeting Registration

until 15 December 2016 from 15 December 2016 to 22 March 2017 from 23 March 2017, 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 $330 $370 $415

Volunteer to chair a panel

To volunteer to chair an open panel at the Chicago conference, please see this page. You must be registered for the conference in order to participate.

Presentation language

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 travel grants

The submission deadline for RSA Conference Travel Grants has passed, and decision emails have gone out to all applicants.


RSA Conference Travel Grants

RSA will offer a limited number of travel grants to assist speakers who will be traveling to Chicago from outside North America. 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 General Fund.


How to apply for grants

The submission deadline was 7 June 2016 at 11:59 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time). Late submissions are not accepted.

Kress travel grants eligibility

  • giving an art history paper
  • scholars presenting their research; session organizers, chairs, respondents, or roundtable participants will not be considered for funding
  • traveling to the conference from outside of North America
  • submit a 100-word maximum statement of need and submitted paper information

RSA travel grants eligibility

  • paper presenters in all disciplines
  • graduate students and degree holders without either a tenured or tenure-track position
  • scholars presenting their research; session organizers, chairs, respondents, or roundtable participants will not be considered for funding
  • traveling to the conference from outside of North America
  • submit a 100-word maximum statement of need and submitted paper information

Book exhibit and ads

For information about promotional opportunities please consult our letter to print and digital publishers, book sellers, and authors.

Please submit a form to order your table and ad space.

Current list of RSA 2017 Chicago exhibitors

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