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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
Call for student volunteers
Conference hotel
Room sharing
Travel advisory
Conference events and services
Discounts and dining
Plenary lectures and special events
Book exhibit and advertising
Teaching the conference
Resources for parents
Travel, diversity, and on-site care grants
Annual meeting policies
Professional conduct policy and local resources


Conference sponsors

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
The University of Toronto

Conference program

The program for the 2019 RSA Annual Meeting in Toronto is available online. To request a program change, or to notify the RSA of a withdrawal, please submit this form.


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.


Call for student volunteers

The RSA is looking for graduate student member volunteers to help out at the registration desk at RSA 2019 Toronto. In exchange for a shift at the desk, we will waive or reimburse the meeting registration fees. We do ask that you join the RSA if you are not already a member or renew your membership if expired. Please fill out the form if you are interested in volunteering.


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 and advertising

For full details on our book exhibit and advertising offerings please see our invitation letter then submit an order form to reserve your table or ad space; please reserve by February 1.

A current list of RSA 2019 Toronto exhibitors.


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 rsa@rsa.org to request more information on bringing students to the Annual Meeting as a pedagogical tool.

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