|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
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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.
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.
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. 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 RegistrationAll 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.
RSA conference terminology
Paper: academic conference shorthand for paper presentation, the most common way of sharing one’s research in RSA sessions. Most papers are no more than twenty minutes in length and are drawn from about eight to ten pages of double-spaced text. Papers often include images and text shared with the audience via a (speaker-provided) laptop and (RSA-provided) digital projector, although some presenters prefer to provide hardcopy handouts or speak without visual aids.
Session: a ninety-minute panel of three paper presentations or a roundtable discussion. Session is used to refer to either format.
Panel: a ninety-minute session in which scholars present their research individually (or as co-authors); those presentations of individual research are called papers. Most panels are composed of three twenty-minute papers. This leaves time for formal responses or for questions from the audience. Each panel must have a chair who is not giving a paper in the session; a respondent is optional.
Roundtable: a ninety-minute session in which discussants talk about the roundtable’s topic, guided by a chair who stands outside the discussion and moderates it. Roundtable discussants may have some prepared remarks, but they typically do not give long individual presentations since the conversation tends to be more informal.
Organizer: the person or people assembling the session proposal. Usually this person also submits the session, though it is possible for an individual to submit a session on behalf of someone else who has organized it. Unlike some other conferences, RSA organizers do not automatically serve as chairs of the sessions they organize, but are welcome to register themselves to do so.
Chair: a scholar who stands outside of the main discussion to introduce speakers, moderate the discussion, and ensure that time limits are respected.
Presenter/Panelist/Speaker/Author: a scholar presenting a paper as part of a panel.
Respondent: a scholar who provides formal remarks in response to the papers presented in a panel.
Discussant: a scholar who contributes to a roundtable discussion.
Conference Submitter: a temporary administrative account created for conference submission purposes only. It has no fee and confers no membership privileges.
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
RSA travel grants eligibility
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