Category Archives: Conferences and Events

Association for Art History Professional Development Days 2021

Join the Association for Art History online for this year’s virtual Professional Development Days (May 27–28). Taking place over two days, rather than the usual one day, these online events offer professional advice, insights, and career support and development for those at PhD, post-doc and early career stage.  They are designed for people working within arts, art history, curating, education and other areas of work in arts, culture and heritage sectors.

The two days will include a range of different speakers, in different roles, from a variety of different organisations. They will share their expertise and experiences, and cover timely topics such as post-doc funding, working in museums and collections during and after the pandemic and mental health and well-being.

This event is FREE and open to all. It will take place via Zoom.

Day 1: 27 May

  • 1pm Welcome by Gursimran Oberoi, DECR Convenor for the Association for Art History
  • PANEL 1: Teaching and Education
    • 1.10pm   Lenia Kouneni, University of St Andrews
    • 1.20pm   Madeleine Haddon, University of Edinburgh
    • 1.30pm   Rebecca Senior, University of Nottingham
    • 1.40 – 2.10pm   Panel Q&A
  • 2.10 – 2.20pm  BREAK
  • PANEL 2: Publishing
    • 2.20pm   Serena Dyer, DeMonfort University, Leicester
    • 2.30pm   Sunil Manghani, University of Southampton
    • 2.40pm   Marsha Meskimmon (Loughborough University)
    • 2.50 – 3.20pm   Panel Q&A
  • 3.20-3.30pm   BREAK
  • PANEL 3: Post-Docs, Fellowships and Funding Opportunities.
    • 3.30pm   Kathryn Desplanque, Banting Post-Doctoral Fellow at Carleton University
    • 3.40pm   Apurba Chatterjee, German Maritime Research Fellow
    • 3.50pm   Miguel de Baca, Senior Programme Officer, Getty Grants
    • 4.00 -4.30pm   Panel Q&A
  • 4.30pm – 4.45pm  Closing Remarks
  • 4.45pm End of Day 1

Day 2: 28 May

  • 1pm Welcome by Gursimran Oberoi, DECR Convenor for the Association for Art History
  • PANEL 1: Sharing Your Expertise
    • 1.10pm   Isabella Rosner, PhD student, Kings College London
    • 1.20pm   Bolanle Tajudeen, Curator, artist-advisor
    • 1.30pm   Taous Dahmani, PhD student, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
    • 1.40-2.10pm Panel Q&A
  • 2.10-2.20pm BREAK
  • PANEL 2: Museums and Collections in the Pandemic and Beyond
    • 2.20pm   Sushma Jansari, curator at The British Museum
    • 2.30pm   Laura Bauld, Project Curator for the Burrell Renaissance Project at Glasgow Museums
    • 2.40pm   Anjalie Dalal-Clayton, University of the Arts, London
    • 2.50-3.20pm  Panel Q&A
  • 3.20-3.30pm BREAK
  • PANEL 3: Dealing with Precarity and the Impact on our Mental Health and Wellbeing
    • 3.30pm   Emma Brodzinski, Royal Holloway, University of London
    • 3.40pm   Bee Hughes, artist and lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University
    • 3.50pm   Sam Metz, artist, producer and curator
    • 4.00pm TBC
    • 4.10 – 4.50pm Panel Q&A
  • 4:50 -5.00pm Concluding Remarks
  • 5.00pm End

Professional Development Days are organised by the Association’s Doctoral and Early Career Research (DECR) Committee. The 2021 event is co-organised by Lucy Mounfield, Clare Fisher and Caitlin Doley. Visit the Professional Development Days page for registration details.

RSA Virtual 2021

RSA Virtual 2021

RSA Virtual 2021 starts this week! The conference will be held online April 13–15 and April 20–22, 2021. Register today, and acquaint yourself with our conference pages for useful information such as our meeting calendar and program calendar.

Our Annual Meeting will be held entirely online. Registration for the conference provides you access to:

  • More than 500 sessions by 1,800 presenters
  • More than 2,600 conference participants
  • Recordings of all sessions that are viewable for 30 days following the conference

Dates of Note

Graduate Student Social

Monday, April 12 at 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

Students are invited to attend the virtual Student Social and do not need to be RSA members to participate. Click here for details and registration.

RSA Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, April 13 at 4:00 p.m. (EDT)

Join us as we honor the recipients of the RSA awards and prizes for 2021. The Awards Ceremony is open to anyone who would like to attend and conference registration is not required. Please register here for the ceremony and we will send you a Zoom link shortly before the event.

Josephine Waters Bennett Lecture

Wednesday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m. (EDT)

The Josephine Waters Bennett Lecture will be presented during the conference by Ayanna Thompson, Professor of English at Arizona State University and Director of the Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies (ACMRS).

The official conference hashtag for our 67th Annual Meeting is #RenSA21. Please take a moment to review our conference policies and email us with any conference-related questions.

RSA Graduate Student Social

RSA  Graduate Student Social

To kick off RSA Virtual 2021, the RSA Graduate Student Advisory committee is pleased to announce a virtual Student Social on Monday, April 12 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Students are invited to attend and do not need to be RSA members to participate.

The Student Social will provide attendees with a space to meet and connect with one another in an informal setting. Members of the RSA Board will be present to engage with students and enable attendees to get to know the RSA’s leadership. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP online. We will follow up in the weeks ahead with more specifics about the event!

In addition to the Graduate Student Social, the RSA will also be launching a Graduate Student Member Slack channel, where graduate students can further connect and discuss panels and presentations at RSA Virtual 2021. Please submit your name and email address to join the channel.

For more information, please contact the Graduate Student Advisory committee.

Expanding the Renaissance: RSA Graduate Student Virtual Lightning Talks

The RSA Graduate Student Advisory Committee invites the Renaissance studies community to the second session of the Online Graduate Student Lightning Talk Series “Expanding the Renaissance,” taking place on 26 February 2021 from 12:00–1:30 p.m. EST.

Join us online and engage with graduate students presenting topics, sources, or methodologies that are commonly excluded or overlooked from mainstream narratives. Register online at

To connect with the RSA Student Community, visit the RSA Student Community Humanities Commons page.


Anna Cruse, University of Warwick
Conditioned Perspectives: Approaching Accounts of Art in the Vijayanagara Empire

Sunghoon Lee, University of Pennsylvania
Escala: Art, Scale, and Geographic Vastness in the Art of the Spanish Empire, 1521–1621

Gianamar Giovannetti-Singh, University of Cambridge
Monuments, Hermeneutics, or Astronomy? The Jesuit China Mission and the Expansion of Historical Sources from the Late Renaissance to the Early Enlightenment

Xinyi Wen, University of Cambridge
New World materia medica in Paracelsian Medicine and the Closure of Mystical Philosophy

Amy Chang, Harvard University
Architecture at the Edge of Empire: Seville, Manila, and the Formation of Spanish National Architecture, 16th–17th c.

Luc Wodzicki, Freie Universität, Berlin
Ottoman Virtue Politics, or, the trans-Mediterranean Renaissance of Virtue

Expanding the Renaissance: Graduate Student Virtual Lightning Talks

Image: Akbar Ordering the Slaughter of Animals to Cease in 1578, attributed to Miskina, folio from the Akbarnama, ca. 1590, Mughal India; pasted into the Johnson album. British Library J.8, 4

RSA 2021 Day(s) of Digital Learning

The Renaissance Society of America is pleased to offer Day(s) of Digital Learning for the third time, in connection to the annual conference. Since the RSA conference is entirely virtual this year, we will hold the workshops separate from the conference between March 8–21, 2021.

Organized by members of the Digital and Multimedia Committee of the RSA, the Day of Digital Learning will feature a varied menu of sessions involving hands-on, participatory work with digital tools and resources. Working under the direction of scholars, librarians, and IT specialists, participants will have a chance to see how their own research and teaching might benefit from digital concepts and tools, and how to develop digital literacies that will help us all understand the new tools of the trade.

Visit the RSA 2021 Day(s) of Digital Learning website for more information. The events will be open to all RSA members without charge. Registrations will be open between February 10–25, 2021.

The Newberry Library’s Center for Renaissance Studies 2021 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference #NLGrad21

Monday, February 8, 2021–Saturday, February 13, 2021, Online

The Newberry Library’s Center for Renaissance Studies 2021 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference (#NLGrad21), organized and run by advanced doctoral students, has become a premier opportunity for emerging scholars to present papers, participate in discussions, and develop collaborations across all fields of medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies. Participants from a wide variety of disciplines find a supportive and collegial forum for their work, meet future colleagues from other institutions and disciplines, and become familiar with the Newberry and its resources. In 2021, the conference will be held virtually in a seminar-style format.

Visit the #NLGrad21 website for the complete conference schedule or download the PDF conference schedule. The roundtable sessions are free and open to the public, but registration in advance is required. To register, complete the online registration form.


Rachel Carlisle, Florida State University
Charmaine Cordero, Claremont Graduate University
Maggie Heeschen, University of Minnesota
Paulina Leon, University of Chicago
Hayla May, Oklahoma State University
Matthew Mullin, University of Notre Dame
Elizabeth Neary, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Arianna Ray, Northwestern University
Pierpaolo Spagnolo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Krislyn Zhorne, Loyola University Chicago