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RSA 2020 Philadelphia

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
The Notary Hotel

2–4 April 2020

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Conference hashtag: #RenSA20

16 March 2020: RSA 2020 Annual Meeting CANCELLED

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Reigstration Refund Request Form

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Conference details:
Annual Meeting program
Conference hotels
Teaching the conference
Travel, diversity, and on-site care grants

Annual Meeting sponsors

Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania

Annual Meeting program

16 March 2020: The 2020 RSA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia has been cancelled. 
Please complete this form to request a registration refund.

The RSA 2020 Philadelphia Annual Meeting program is available to view online. RSA members can sign in to the program website to save sessions to their personal schedule for future reference.

The Annual Meeting program is available for download as a smartphone/tablet app. Follow the links below to download the version compatible with your device.

Conference hotels

The 2020 RSA conference was booked at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown and the Notary Hotel, Autograph Collection. If you have a hotel room reserved in our conference block, Marriott will be cancelling your reservation automatically on Monday, March 16, in the late afternoon, Eastern Daylight Time. Please watch for a cancellation confirmation email from Marriott or The Notary Hotel.


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 were invited to apply for travel, diversity, and on-site care grants for the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Each grant had a separate application with different requirements. The deadline for all grant applications fell 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%.

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