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 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.
12:00–5:00 p.m. — Visit to University of Chicago Library to see special exhibits
The Smart Museum of Art and Special Collections Library at the University of Chicago invite arriving RSA conference attendees to see the on-campus exhibits, "Classicisms" at the Smart Museum, and "Tensions in Renaissance Cities" in the Special Collections Exhibit space in the Regenstein Library. For more information and to RSVP for a place on a shuttle to the University of Chicago campus, see the event page.
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 (cash only, no credit cards).
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 from Thursday, March 30 to Saturday, April 1. 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.
Loyola University Art Museum free admission
Thanks to the generous support of the Loyola University Art Museum, all Annual Meeting registrants will receive free admission from Wednesday, March 29 to Saturday, April 1. RSA members are particularly invited to view the works of the Martin D’Arcy, S.J. Collection. The D’Arcy is one of the finest collections of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art in the Midwest. It is particularly noted for its diverse holdings of three-dimensional objects that epitomize both the religious and secular aspects of European life. In covering the Renaissance, the D’Arcy is especially strong in objects commissioned to celebrate familial events such as marriage and childbirth.
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.
For those in need of a private space for nursing and pumping, two rooms are available at the Palmer House. Please stop by the registration desk during the conference 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 available room.
Please be advised that for the sake of privacy we have just one key to each of the rooms and both rooms may be in use when you arrive at registration. The rooms do not have refrigerators and all belongings should be removed after use.
The Palmer House Hilton is providing complimentary coffee and tea from 10:00–10:30 a.m. in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
You may check your coat on the fourth floor of the Palmer House Hilton in the Red Lacquer Room foyer.
Graduate student lounges — open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. are located in the Harvard and Congress rooms on the third floor of the Palmer House Hilton.
Travel to the US in March 2017
Here are a few informal suggestions for international participants in the RSA Chicago 2017 conference.
1. Be prepared to explain where you are from, why you are coming to the US, where you will be staying, and your plans for departing the US.
2. Be able to explain in one or two sentences who you are, what you do, and the purpose of your attendance at the RSA conference.
3. It is a good idea to have a paper copy of your itinerary and paper evidence of your participation in the conference. The RSA office staff have already provided letters of invitation for many participants. Feel free to contact us to request one if you haven't already.
4. Have your papers organized and accessible -- not in your checked bag. It is best to have hard copies, in case you may not be able to access information on your phone.
5. If you have any criminal history, you probably want to consult with an attorney before entering the US.
6. If you have recently traveled to one of the six countries listed in the current 90-day US travel ban or have ties to those countries, you probably should consult with an attorney before entering the US.
7. Most likely all will go well, but be prepared for delays.
The deadline has passed for booking a room in the RSA's block at the Palmer House Hilton. If you need a last-minute reservation at another Chicago hotel please email Jay Pierce at Jay@ConnectionsHousing.com.
All conference sessions will be held at the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago. (Link to Google Maps) The RSA reserved a block of sleeping rooms at the rate of $199/night (plus tax) for both singles and doubles.
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.
Dining options in Chicago
A list of restaurants and coffee shops in downtown Chicago near the Palmer House is available here.
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.
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.
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.