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Welcome Farah Bazzi and the New Student Advisory Committee!

We are excited to welcome Farah Bazzi, who is the first Student Counselor (Director) on the Board of Directors in the Renaissance Society of America!

Farah Bazzi (she/her) is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in early modern global history at Stanford University. Farah’s work attempts to bridge both Mediterranean and Atlantic history by focusing on how objects, people, and imaginations moved between the Ottoman world, Morocco, Iberia, and the Americas during the sixteenth and seventeenth century. Furthermore, Farah’s research interests include environmental thought, race, indigeneity, cosmology, cartography, and technologies of conquest.

Currently, Farah is one of the project founders and managers of the ‘Life in Quarantine: Witnessing Global Pandemic’ project sponsored by CESTA, the History Department, and the Division of Languages and Cultures. She is also the graduate coordinator for the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (CMEMS) at Stanford. Farah holds a BA in Political Science, a BA and MA in Middle East Studies from Leiden University, and an MA in History from the University of Chicago.

Farah will be working with the new student advisory committee in the coming years. Thank you to Celine Camps (Columbia University), Samantha Chang (University of Toronto), Barbara Dietlinger (University of Chicago), and Thomas Franke (University of California, Santa Barbara) for their service over the past two years.

RSA Professional Development Webinar: Careers in Academic Publishing

The Renaissance Society of America (RSA) is delighted to announce that the next professional development webinar will explore the topic of careers in academic publishing. The event will be held Tuesday, May 25 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.

Panelists include Sara K. Austin, Editor-in-Chief of the Huntington Library Quarterly; Christopher McKeen, Senior Editorial Assistant at Cambridge University Press; and Erika Suffern, Head of Publications at the Modern Language Association.

Register online. You must be logged in as a current RSA member to register for the webinar.

RSA Webinar Series: Online Renaissance Dance Workshop

RSA members are invited to attend an online workshop on Renaissance dance with Dorothy Olsson and Peggy Murray on Sunday, May 2, 2021, from 2 to 3:30 PM EDT.

The workshop introduces some of the popular western European dances from the late 16th and early 17th centuries, including pavane, branle and gaillarde. After a brief discussion about dance sources, participants will have the opportunity to try steps for some simple yet enjoyable dances (with recorded music). A handout will be available. Participants should wear comfortable flat or low-heeled shoes. No prior dance experience is necessary! Registration required.

This online workshop will be recorded and posted on the RSA webinar page following the event. Visit the RSA webinar page for more resources about research, teaching, and fellowships and grants.

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 rsa.org.

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.

RSA Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers at the Renaissance Society of America dedicate their time and skills to enrich the Society and support the study of the period 1300–1700. We hope you will consider volunteering. There are several opportunities for RSA members to become involved including:

Please click the links above for additional information and to volunteer. Thank you in advance for your dedication to the Society. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Grants for RSA Virtual 2021

The RSA will offer a limited number of competitive, need-based grants to assist scholars presenting a paper at RSA Virtual 2021 with the cost of registration. Presenters of panel papers and seminar papers are eligible; session monitors and discussants in roundtables are not. To be considered for a grant, please submit the grant application by 19 January 2021.

If you have a question about the grants or the application, please email rsa@rsa.org.

Call for Nominations: RSA Board of Directors

The RSA seeks to fill the position of Student counselor on the Board of Directors.


The Student Counselor must be currently enrolled in a PhD program and be at the dissertation writing phase of their graduate work. They must also have been an RSA member since at least January 2020.


The Student Counselor will be a full voting member of the Board of Directors and will attend all Board meetings and perform all duties incumbent upon Directors. For Board meetings held in person, the student’s expenses for travel and accommodation will be reimbursed. The Student Counselor will also serve ex officio on the RSA Graduate Student Advisory Committee, which meets with the RSA President via Zoom. The optimal candidates will have both a record of involvement with graduate students beyond their own institution and a demonstrated interest in governance and organizational strategy.


Students may be nominated by others or may nominate themselves. In either case, they should submit a CV and a statement that explains how they would be able to address the following priorities:

  1. Helping the Board to think about new and diverse career paths for RSA student members
  2. Advancing representation of the range of situations and concerns of RSA student members
  3. Contributing to the goal of expanding diversity, equity, and inclusion at the RSA
  4. Providing advice on the best channels of communication for keeping students connected with the RSA.

The RSA Nominating Committee will review nominations and select a final candidate, whose name will be placed on the ballot for approval by the RSA Members at the Society’s spring 2021 Member Meeting.

The Student Counselor will serve up to a three-year term beginning on 1 July 2021, provided continued student status.

Contact the RSA Executive Director with any questions regarding this position.

To submit a nomination or self-nominate for this role on the RSA Board, complete the application form on the RSA Board of Directors Nomination page. Applications are due on 20 January 2021.