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RSA 2019 Toronto

Sheraton Centre, 17–19 March 2019

Conference hashtag: #RenSA19

View the Annual Meeting Program

Conference details:

Conference sponsors
Conference program
RSA 2019 Toronto registration
Conference hotel
Room sharing
Travel advisory
Conference events and services
Discounts and dining
Plenary lectures and special events
Awards ceremony
Book exhibit
Free professional headshots
Teaching the conference
Resources for parents
Travel, diversity, and on-site care grants
Annual meeting policies
Professional conduct policy and local resources

Conference sponsors

Aga Khan Museum
Art Gallery of Ontario 
Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Victoria University in the University of Toronto
Gardiner Museum
Regis College, University of Toronto
Royal Ontario Museum
Textile Museum of Canada
The University of Toronto

Conference program

In lieu of a pre-printed program, we are offering a PDF program which conference attendees may download and print if they wish. Additionally, the online program is available with full searching capabilities, and it is available in the conference app, where you can create a personal schedule. You can also find the mobile app by searching for RSA Annual in the App Store and Google Play Store.

Once the mobile app is downloaded it doesn't require an internet connection to work, though you will need to occasionally connect to the internet to receive updates (including session changes).

Pre-circulated papers for seminar sessions at the conference are available to download on this page. You must be logged in to a current RSA member account to view this page.

RSA 2019 Toronto Registration

Registration is now open for RSA 2019 Toronto. Log into your RSA member account and register by 31 January 2019 to receive the best rates.

  from 1 February 2019 to 19 March 2019, including on site
Regular Member Rate $235
Reduced Member Rate – students, independent scholars, adjunct instructors, part-time instructors, unemployed non-students, and retired scholars $145
Non-member $370

Accepted presenters are required to be current members of the RSA and to register for the conference by 31 January 2019; after this date, unregistered presenters will be permanently removed from program. For details on RSA member benefits and a full list of dues rates please visit our Join RSA page.

By registering to attend the conference, you agree to the Participant Disclaimer, Release and Indemnification and to abide by the RSA Professional Conduct Policy.

Conference hotel

On the first day of the conference, sessions will be held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel and the University of Toronto (two subway stops away). On the second and third days, all sessions will be held at the Sheraton Centre. The RSA has reserved a block of sleeping rooms. The $199 rooms have more than sold out, but we have deluxe rooms at $239 CAD per night (plus taxes and fees) 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 the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel group reservations line at 1-888-627-7175 and identify yourself as a member of the Renaissance Society of America. Please be advised that the hotel will charge a deposit equal to one night's stay (one night's rental fee plus taxes and fees) to guarantee your reservation; the deposit is refundable up to 72 hours in advance of your arrival date.

Room sharing

Conference attendees who wish to share a room at the Sheraton Centre with another member in order to split the costs of accommodation may post their contact information on the RSA's Room sharing blog. A current RSA membership is required to make a new post. The RSA plays no additional role in brokering agreements made between individual members using this blog.

Travel advisory

For visa-exempt foreign nationals: Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Visa-exempt foreign nationals need an eTA (CAD $7) to fly to or transit through a Canadian airport. Unless you are a citizen of the U.S. or Canada, a legal resident of Canada, or required to obtain a visa before traveling to Canada, please review the eTA website to determine if you need to apply. For more information please see the Government of Canada's eTA website.

For U.S. citizens: passport or passport card required for travel to Canada

Canadian law requires that all persons entering Canada carry both proof of citizenship and proof of identity. A valid U.S. passport, passport card, or NEXUS card satisfies these requirements for U.S. citizens. While U.S. citizens used to be able to travel to Canada using just a state ID or driver's license in the past, requirements have changed. For more information please see the U.S. State Department's Canada Country Information.

Conference events and services

The following events and services are open to all conference registrants and there's no additional charge for using or attending them. In the case of some services such as the Headshot booth or Lactation room, you may encounter a delay if the service is popular.

The first morning of the conference is always busy at Registration; we recommend building a bit of extra time into your schedule if you plan to pick up your badge then. To make the experience more enjoyable, we've added a Welcome Breakfast with coffee, tea, and some light pastries right by Registration so you can have a bite and chat with colleagues before attending your first session. Conversely, if you're at the Sheraton Centre on Saturday, you can pick up your badge before the conference even starts.

Saturday, 16 March
Registration Sheraton Centre Concourse 2:00–7:00pm
Sunday, 17 March
Registration Concourse 7:30am–6:30pm
Welcome breakfast Concourse 7:30–9:00am
Coat check Concourse 7:00am–9:00pm
Lactation room Key at Registration Help Desk 7:30am–6:30pm
Book exhibit Sheraton E 10:00am–6:00pm
Coffee and tea Sheraton E 10:00am–12:00pm
Headshot booth Sheraton E 12:00–4:00pm
Workshops Sheraton Centre 6:15–7:15pm
Monday, 18 March
Registration Concourse 8:00am–6:00pm
Coffee and tea Concourse 8:00am–12:00pm
Coat check Concourse 7:00am–9:00pm
Lactation room Key at Registration Help Desk 8:00am–6:00pm
Book exhibit Sheraton E 9:00am–6:00pm
Coffee and tea Sheraton E 9:00am–12:00pm
Headshot booth Sheraton E 11:00am–3:00pm
Bennett Lecture Grand East Ballroom 6:00pm–7:00pm
Tuesday, 19 March
Coffee and tea Concourse 8:00am–12:00pm
Registration Concourse 8:30am–2:00pm
Coat check Concourse 7:00am–9:00pm
Lactation room Key at Registration Help Desk 8:30am–2:00pm
Book exhibit Sheraton E 9:00am–4:00pm
Coffee and tea Sheraton E 9:00am–12:00pm
Headshot booth Sheraton E 10:00am–2:00pm
SRS Keynote Lecture Birchwood Ballroom 12:45–1:45pm
Annual member meeting Birchwood Ballroom 5:45–6:15pm
Awards ceremony Birchwood Ballroom 6:15–6:45pm
Closing reception Grand Ballroom East & Centre 7:00–8:30pm

Book exhibit

A current list of RSA 2019 Toronto exhibitors.

Free professional headshots

We're picking up the bill for your latest set of headshots. Visit the headshot booth in the book exhibit (Sheraton E) to take your photos with a professional photographer then receive a card directing you to a download page. In about two business days, the headshots will be available in a private, secure online gallery like this.

Headshots will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Headshot booth hours:

Sunday, March 17: 12:00–4:00 p.m.
Monday, March 18: 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 19: 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Teaching the conference

Attending the conference can be a useful educational tool for undergraduates and beginning graduate students who are interested in learning about Renaissance studies or the academic profession generally. Professor Christopher Carlsmith wrote about his experience bringing undergraduates to the 2016 Annual Meeting in Boston. 

Please contact to request more information on bringing students to the Annual Meeting as a pedagogical tool.

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