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RSA 2020 Philadelphia

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown

2–4 April 2020

Conference hashtag: #RenSA20

Submission deadline: 15 August 2019

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Sponsored Submissions: RSA Discipline and Associate Organization Representatives should use this link to submit sponsored sessions.

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Conference details:

Conference submission process
Calls for papers
Seminar sessions
Conference hotel
Teaching the conference
Travel, diversity, and on-site care grants
Annual meeting policies
Professional conduct policy

Conference submission process

The submission period for RSA 2020 Philadelphia is now open and will close on 15 August 2019. Acceptance decisions will be conveyed to submitters in early November 2019.

The RSA Program Committee solicits proposals for both individual papers and organized sessions, which may take the form of a panel, roundtable discussion, or workshop. For more information on the types of proposals accepted, see the Submission guidelines page.

Calls for papers

Calls for papers can be found on the 2020 Philadelphia CfP Blog. Session organizers may post a call for papers by using the "Add New Post" link above the most recent entry (you must be logged in to a current membership to create a post).

Seminar sessions

The RSA Program Committee invites proposals for topics for seminar sessions to be held at the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Each seminar session will be moderated by one or two conveners and will feature discussion of a set of papers circulated in advance of the conference. Seminar topics may address any theme of relevance to Renaissance studies (1300–1700). Seminars that encourage dialogue across disciplines and/or open up new fields are especially welcome.

Find more information and the link to the seminar proposal form on the Philadelphia 2020 Seminars page.

Conference hotels

We have booked accommodations and meeting rooms at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown and the nearby Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown, 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.

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.

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 in November 2019 (precise date TBA). For more information on eligibility and the grants application process, see the Conference grants page.

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%.

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