CALL FOR SESSION AT THE 64TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE RENAISSANCE SOCIETY OF AMERICA, NEW ORLEANS
The Program Committee for the 64th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America invites submissions for individual papers or sessions on any aspect of Renaissance studies or the era 1300–1700. Because RSA is a multidisciplinary society, it especially welcomes submissions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries, as well as those that spotlight scholarship that is discipline-specific. Sessions sponsored by our Associate Organizations and Discipline Representatives will make up part of the program. The rest will consist of sessions and individual papers proposed by RSA members and selected by the Program Committee.
Anyone who wishes to submit a proposal for a session or an individual paper on a topic from before 1300 or after 1700 must provide a short rationale for review by the Program Committee.
Because the RSA Annual Meeting is a large conference, with as many as fifty sessions meeting concurrently, we have developed guidelines over the years, which greatly facilitate the work of the Program Committee and help ensure that there will be an audience for every session. Please note that proposing a session or a paper indicates your commitment to attend. The Committee will not be able to accept every submission. Good papers will have to be turned away. To take a slot and then later withdraw is discourteous to colleagues who would have liked to present a paper. Once the rooms are scheduled and the a-v equipment ordered, no substitutions are possible.
Organizers may propose a series of linked sessions, up to a limit of five. However, the Program Committee prefers that series be limited to three, to facilitate scheduling them in a row. Sessions organized in honor or in memory of an individual scholar are limited to no more than two per honoree.
Proposals for roundtables are also welcome but the Committee asks that roundtables be stand-alone sessions in terms of their content. Roundtables that merely involve recapping the content of a series of sessions take up valuable space in the program that could be used to present other research and are not likely to be accepted.
Submission deadline for all proposals: Wednesday, 7 June 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time).
Funding: Participants and attendees, or their sponsoring organization, must fund their own travel and lodging expenses as well as the annual membership dues and conference registration fee. The registration fee pays for conference facilities, audio-visual expenses, electronic and printed program materials, and a portion of the staffing needed to produce the conference. A limited number of grants to support paper presenters traveling from outside of North America are available to scholars in all disciplines by separate application.
RSA Conference Travel Grants
RSA will offer a limited number of travel grants to assist speakers who will be traveling to New Orleans from outside North America. These grants are competitive, not guaranteed; the average award is $500. Funding comes from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Renaissance Society of America General Fund.
How to apply for grants
The submission deadline will be 7 June 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time). Late submissions are not accepted.
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