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Discipline Representatives

Discipline Representatives are elected every three years for twenty-five disciplines in Renaissance studies. Most disciplines have one representative, but the larger fields of history, art and architecture, and English literature each have three representatives. Each member of the RSA selects a primary discipline group upon joining the Society, but may join other groups as well.

Discipline Representatives have three responsibilities. First, they organize conference panels (up to a limit of five) in their subject areas for the RSA Annual Meeting, and submit them to the RSA submission site. This helps to ensure a good balance of disciplines in the conference program. Such panels are accepted by the program committee without further vetting as long as the panels comply with the RSA guidelines.

Second, Discipline Representatives make up the Editorial Advisory Board for Renaissance Quarterly and are listed on the journal’s masthead. The Editorial Advisory Board is an invaluable resource for the RQ Articles Editor and the RQ Reviews Editor.

Finally, Discipline Representatives also serve on the RSA Council, which meets at the Annual Meeting. They usually also attend a meeting with the RQ editors at the conference.

A Discipline Representative is elected for a three-year term and may, after consultation with the Executive Committee and RQ editors, run for a second term.

Discipline Representatives 2015–17

Alejandra B. Osorio
Emily O'Brien

Art and Architecture
Christy Anderson
Karen-edis Barzman
Tracy E. Cooper

Islamic World
Kaya Sahin


Book History
Andrew Pettegree

Italian Literature
Eleonora Stoppino

Classical Tradition
Kathy Eden
Legal and Political Thought
Johann Sommerville

Comparative Literature
Mary Nyquist

Medicine and Science
Monica Azzolini

Digital Humanities
Angela Dressen

Janie Cole

William E. Engel
Neo-Latin Literature
Susanna de Beer

English Literature
James A. Knapp
Richard C. McCoy
Karen Nelson

Performing Arts and Theater
Robert Henke

French Literature
Hugh Roberts

David A. Lines

Germanic Literature
Anne-Laure van Bruaene

Tamar Herzig

Dana E. Katz

Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler

Hispanic Literature
Susan Byrne

Women and Gender
Sarah G. Ross

Megan C. Armstrong
Eric R. Dursteler
Mary R. Laven

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