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RSA 2020 Philadelphia

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
The Notary Hotel

2–4 April 2020

Conference hashtag: #RenSA20

Conference details:

Acceptance timeline
Travel, diversity, and on-site care grants
RSA 2020 Philadelphia registration
Conference hotels
Special events
Book exhibit and advertising
Teaching the conference
Annual meeting policies
Professional conduct policy

Acceptance and travel grant timelines

Annual Meeting acceptance decisions were sent out to all submitters via email on Friday, 1 November 2019. Travel grant applications are currently open on the RSA website.

Travel, diversity, and on-site care grants

RSA members are invited to apply for travel, diversity, and on-site care grants for the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Each grant has a separate application with different requirements. The deadline for all grant applications will fall on December 3, 2019. For more information on eligibility and the grants application process, see the Conference grants page.

New: grants will be awarded only to those applicants who have not won a conference travel grant in the past three years. 2019 (Toronto), 2018 (New Orleans), and 2017 (Chicago) grant winners are not eligible to win an RSA 2020 Philadelphia Travel or Diversity Grant. Past winners may apply for an On-Site Care Grant.

Applicants should be aware that there is a high demand for travel grants and funding available for only a limited number of grants. The acceptance rate for travel grants is 15%.

RSA 2020 Philadelphia registration

Registration for RSA 2020 Philadelphia is now open. Log into your RSA member account and register by 31 January 2020 to receive the best rates.

The RSA is pleased to announce that registration rates have not increased for the Philadelphia conference. In order to make the conference more accessible to our members, Annual Meeting registration rates have been frozen for the past five years.

  until 31 January 2020 from 1 February 2020 to 19 March 2020, including on site
Regular Member Rate $185 $235
Reduced Member Rate – students, independent scholars, adjunct instructors, part-time instructors, unemployed non-students, and retired scholars $120 $145
Non-member $330 $370

Accepted presenters are required to be current members of the RSA and to register for the conference by 31 January 2020; 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 hotels

We have booked accommodations and meeting rooms at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown and the Notary Hotel, Autograph Collection, both of them a short walk from the famed Reading Terminal Market and City Hall. The Philadelphia Historic District, which was the first World Heritage city in the US, is also within walking distance or accessible by a short cab, bus, or subway ride. The Library Company of Philadelphia houses collections on American society and culture dating from the seventeenth century. The majestic Philadelphia Museum of Art, originally chartered for the Centennial Exposition in 1876, with its main building on Fairmont Hill completed in 1928, has pay-as-you-wish evening hours on Wednesdays and evening hours on Fridays as well.

Rooms in our block at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown may be reserved for $229 per night (plus taxes and fees) for a standard room with one bed. We have also reserved a block of rooms at the Notary Hotel, Autograph Collection for $229 per night (plus taxes and fees) for rooms with one or two beds. Both hotels will host conference sessions. Reservations for both RSA hotel blocks can be made by booking online at our reservation mini-site. If you prefer to book using the telephone, please call the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown at 1-800-320-5744 or the The Notary Hotel at 1-800-266-9432 and identify yourself as a member of the Renaissance Society of America. You must cancel at least 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid a fee equal to one night's room and tax.

Special events

The Josephine Waters Bennett Lecture will be presented by Jill Bepler, Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, and the Society for Renaissance Studies (UK) keynote will be presented by Nandini Das, University of Liverpool.

The Day of Digital Learning will take place on Sunday, 5 April. Registration for these events will open in January.

View the list of special events happening before, during, and after the conference.

Book exhibit and advertising

Registration for RSA 2020 Philly book exhibitors and advertisers is now open. Read our letter on the conference-related promotional opportunities this year and reserve your space by submitting an order form.

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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