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RSA 2019 Toronto

Sheraton Centre, 17–19 March 2019

Conference hashtag: #RenSA19

Conference sponsors

Aga Khan Museum
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
Textile Museum of Canada
The University of Toronto

Conference program

The full version of the conference program is available for download as a PDF document file.

Book exhibitors

Amsterdam University Press
ARC Humanities Press
Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS)
Brepols/Harvey Miller Publishers
Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press History Journals
Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (CRRS)
Getty Publications
Hackett Publishing Company
Harvard University Press
ISD, Distributor of Scholarly Books
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Penn State University Press
Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group
The Scholar's Choice
The University of Chicago Press
University of Delaware Press
University of Toronto Press

Plenary lectures and awards

Josephine Waters Bennett Lecture

6:00–7:00 p.m., 18 March 2019

Anthony Grafton, Princeton University

The Winged Eye at Work: Leon Battista Alberti Surveys Old St. Peter’s

Leon Battista Alberti’s emblem was the winged eye. And no wonder. He studied optics, wrote about perspective and taught his contemporaries how to look at streets and buildings. Could he also see through time? In the old basilica of Saint Peter, Alberti did his astonishing best. This lecture will follow him at work, step by step, drawing on a wide range of sources. It will identify as much as possible of what he saw. It will reconstruct his practices as an architect and antiquarian and as a historian of the early church. And it will set them into the wider contexts of Roman projects both for the study of the ancient and for construction in the present. Alberti—so it will argue—envisioned the past as a jewel of many facets, which had to be seen and studied in many complementary ways.

Keynote Lecture, Society for Renaissance Studies, UK

12:45–1:45 p.m., 19 March 2019

Katherine Ibbett, University of Oxford

Staying Afloat: At the Surface of the Water in New France

In this talk I’ll think through accounts of river navigation from sixteenth- and seventeenth-century New France. These accounts repeatedly return to the difficulties of staying afloat in new waters, and to the techniques needed to do so. This body of knowledge shapes what I am calling a literature of buoyancy; I’ll ask how these concerns about staying afloat shape European appraisals of Indigenous knowledge and behavior.

Awards ceremony

6:15–6:45 p.m., 19 March 2019

Paul Oskar Kristeller Lifetime Achievement Award
The Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Book Prize
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Best Book Prize in Renaissance Venetian Studies
The William Nelson Prize

For a full list of 2019 RSA award winners please see our awards page.

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