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Boston 2016

The 62nd Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America

Boston, 31 March–2 April 2016

Park Plaza Hotel & Hynes Convention Center

Conference program

A PDF version of the full program is available here

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the RSA was held on 2 April 2016. The minutes from that meeting are available for download on our past general meetings page.

RSA Plenaries

Thursday, 31 March 2016 – Margaret Mann Phillips Lecture

Sponsor: Erasmus of Rotterdam Society

Organizer and Chair: Eric Macphail, Indiana University

Location: Hynes Convention Center, Level Three, 302

Mark Vessey, University of British Columbia
A More Radical Renaissance: The Novum Instrumentum (1516) in Its Time and Ours

Two modern collected editions of Erasmus, the ASD in 1969 and the CWE in 1974, were launched on the quincentenary of the author’s birth, in a spirit of religious ecumenism and classical-humanist revival. The Erasmus they set forth was still essentially author of the Adages, Praise of Folly, De Copia, and other “literary and educational writings” in a fashionable style. Nearing completion five decades later, these same editions are now deep in the edition and paraphrases of the New Testament, translations and editions of Church Fathers, and the sharp controversies in which the author engaged after 1517. How did the once-congenial Erasmus, for whom three sets of annual lectures were organized in different places, turn into his troubling and divisive counterpart? As critical scholarship catches up with a more radical Erasmus, this lecture offers a fresh look at texts that mark the turn of an era.

Friday, 1 April 2016 – Josephine Waters Bennett Lecture

Sponsor: The Renaissance Society of America

Organizer and Chair: Joseph Connors, Harvard University

Location: Hynes Convention Center, Level Three, 302

Ann Blair, Harvard University
Humanism and Printing in the Work of Conrad Gessner

The humanist movement was well underway before the spread of printing in Europe, but humanists were also quick to adopt the new technology for their editions, translations, and writings. I will discuss how printing affected the practice of scholarship by examining the working methods of Conrad Gessner (1516–65), a prolific humanist, bibliographer, and natural historian. Gessner used his publications in innovative ways to advertise and develop his projects through multiple iterations and to solicit contributions of materials from readers all over Europe. Gessner also used them as an opportunity to print a surprising range of manuscripts by ancient or recent authors or his own composition, creating miscellanies that expand our understanding of the uses of printing.


Boston College

Brandeis University | Dean of Arts and Sciences

Harvard University | Division of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Sciences | Department of English

Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences | The Tomasso Family Fund; Professor Vincent Pollina, Curator | Tufts University | The Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT) | Department of Art and Art History | Department of Drama and Dance | Department of English | Department of History | Department of Music

University of Massachusetts Boston

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Wellesley College | Medieval/Renaissance Studies Program


  • Boston Athenaeum
  • Boston College Tour 1: Jesuitica Collection at the John J. Burns Rare Book Library
  • Boston College Tour 2: Irish Arts & Crafts exhibition at the McMullen Museum of Art
  • Houghton Library Tour 1: Strategies for Finding Primary Sources for Research and Teaching the Renaissance
  • Houghton Library Tour 2: A Tour of Houghton Library
  • Houghton Library Tour 3: Shakespeare: His Collected Works, a Curator's Chat
  • Houghton Library Tour 4: Introduction to the Printing and Graphic Arts Collection
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • Museum of Fine Arts Tour: Paintings Conservation
  • Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard University



Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS)
Basileia Books
Brepols/Harvey Miller Publishers
Cambridge University Press
Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Victoria University in the University of Toronto
Getty Publications
Hackett Publishing Company
Harvard University Press
Institute of Jesuit Sources
ISD, Distributor of Scholarly Books
Leo Cadogan Rare Books
Medieval Institute Publications/Arc Medieval Press
National Endowment for the Humanities
Northwestern University Press
Officina Libraria
Paul Holberton Publishing
Peeters Publishers
Penn State Press
The Scholar's Choice
Society for European Festivals Research
Truman State University Press
University of Chicago Press
University of Toronto Press

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