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Seminar Sessions at RSA 2020 Philadelphia

Deadline for seminar topic proposals: Monday, 3 June 2019

Seminar paper submissions open: June–August 2019
(concurrent with standard submissions period)

Seminar topic submission form

The RSA Program Committee invites proposals for topics for seminar sessions to be held at the RSA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on 2–4 April 2020.

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. Seminars should not be proposed with the sole purpose of furthering the research undertaken by existing working groups.

Seminars will be scheduled as stand-alone, regular 90-minute conference sessions. Three to six pre-circulated papers will be discussed in each seminar session. The authors of the papers will be listed as presenters in the conference program, but instead of reading their papers aloud, they will provide five-minute synopses, followed by discussion. Seminars will be open to all registered attendees at the Annual Meeting.

Seminar organizers must be established scholars who hold an advanced degree in their disciplines. The authors of the papers may be established scholars or advanced graduate students, following the same eligibility requirements that pertain to other RSA conference sessions.

After the list of seminar topics for 2020 has been finalized, all RSA members will have the opportunity to submit an abstract for inclusion in a particular seminar session, during the standard submission period (June–August 2019). Seminar organizers will review the submitted abstracts in late August and decide which papers to include. Any abstracts not chosen for inclusion in a seminar will be reviewed by the RSA Program Committee as standalone individual paper submissions, for inclusion in a traditional panel session.

The deadline for proposals for seminar topics is Monday, 3 June 2019 (11:59 p.m. EDT). Please submit no more than one seminar application. By submitting a proposal, organizers agree to abide by and enforce the RSA seminar guidelines, including the timely submission of papers to accommodate discussion. All papers will be shared on the secure RSA website prior to the start of the conference.

For full information about how to propose a seminar session and to apply, please visit our application form.

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