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RSA 2019 Toronto

Sheraton Centre, 17–19 March 2019

Conference hashtag: #RenSA19

The submissions website will open in July 2018.


On this page:

Conference sponsors
Submission process
Cancellation policy
CfP blogs
Travel grants
Presentation language
Professional conduct
Conference collegiality and social media
Audio and video recording policy


Conference sponsors

The University of Toronto

Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Victoria University in the University of Toronto

Regis College, University of Toronto


Submission process

Submissions website opens: by 1 July 2018

Submission deadline: 15 August 2018

Acceptance notifications sent out: by 1 November 2018

Deadline to register for the conference: 15 December 2018

Find more detailed information on the Submission Guidelines page.

New for RSA Toronto 2019:

RSA will transition to rolling membership renewal in June 2018. RSA memberships will last twelve months from the date of renewal.

An active RSA membership will be required to submit an individual paper abstract or organized session proposal. There will be no free "conference submitter" memberships offered in this year's submission cycle.

Those who renew their memberships in summer 2018 in order to submit to the 2019 conference will still hold active memberships in March 2019 when the Annual Meeting takes place.

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. 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 2018, 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 2019.

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.

CfP blogs

Members may post calls for papers on our CfP blogs: there are separate blogs for art history, history, literature, and interdisciplinary/miscellaneous; you may cross-post to as many of them as you wish.

Art History CFPs
History CFPs
Literature CFPs
Interdisciplinary CFPs


Travel grants

RSA will offer a limited number of travel grants to assist graduate students and non-tenure track postdoctoral scholars, as well as scholars of any rank traveling to the conference 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 RSA General Fund.

The RSA will also offer diversity grants, of $500 each, to provide financial assistance for minority scholars (African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and other traditionally underrepresented groups), residing in the US or Canada, to attend the conference. International scholars from historically underrepresented minorities residing in the US or Canada are also eligible to apply.

The application period for both types of RSA travel grants will begin in November 2018, after conference acceptance decisions have been sent to applicants.

Presentation language

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.

Professional conduct

As an international, multidisciplinary organization, the RSA seeks to provide an inclusive and productive environment for its diverse conference participants. Professional norms require that we treat others equitably and with respect. These norms cover all participants, including RSA members, staff, volunteers, and venue and event staff, in both formal and informal situations. Accordingly, the RSA deplores harassment in all forms and is sensitive to the harm suffered by persons who experience it. Freedom of inquiry carries with it the responsibility of professional behavior. Ethical and professional conduct advances academic freedom and the mission of our society.

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, following the common understanding of intellectual property, 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.

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.

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.

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