The next RSS Biennial Conference will take place from September 21-23, 2017 in St. Paul, MN, and we will also collaborate with CERES (Centre for Reception Studies, Brussels, Belgium) on their 2018 conference (call for papers to be announced in advance). Our current call for papers and the conference details are posted below, while the previous conference programs are available lower on the page:

The Seventh Biennial Conference of the Reception Study Society

The St. Paul Hotel and St. Catherine University, Sept. 21-23, 2017, Saint Paul, MN

The Reception Study Society promotes informal and formal exchanges between scholars in several related fields: reader-response criticism and pedagogy, reception history, history of reading and the book, audience and communication studies, institutional studies, and gender, race, ethnic, sexuality, postcolonial, religious, and other studies. We welcome presentations on all aspects of reception studies, but this year we especially encourage papers and panels on the theme: “Feminist Reception: Celebrating Thirty Years,” which commemorates the Women’s March on Washington as well as the publication of books like Gender and Reading, the anthology by Beth Flynn and Patsy Schweickart, who will be speaking at the conference. (For printout or emailing, please use the PDF version of the CFP.)

Queries or proposals for panels and papers in any of these areas are now welcome. Please send questions to Daniel Morris, or submit proposals of 250 words or less to Professor Morris, along with a one-page CV by June 1, 2017.

Keynote Speakers:

Paula Rabinowitz, University of Minnesota

"Scenes of Women Reading/Scenes of Reading Women: The paperback revolution and feminist consciousness"

Sumana Chattopadhyay, Marquette University

"Understanding Voters in a mediated world: Authoritarianism, Trust, Cynicism and Political Interest in Election 2016"

Patsy Schweickart, Purdue University

"Reading Gender in the Interstices of Theory"

Reduced rate rooms will be available at The Saint Paul Hotel, a 2016 Condé Nast Traveler: Readers’ Choice Award “Top 10 Hotels in the Midwest.”

Selected conference papers will be solicited for publication in the RSS journal, Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History, published by Penn State University Press. For further information about the RSS, please visit membership, and check out our previous conferences below.

Registration fees and membership dues:

  • Assistant Professors: $80

  • Associate Professors: $110

  • Full Professors: $130

  • Students and all others: $45

  • Saturday evening banquet (separate fee): $35

Participants are encouraged to create an account in order to gain access to special conference features such as communication with other participants, file exchange and more. Account holders can also pay their membership and registration online. Please contact us if you have any questions about membership or registration.

Previous conferences:

2015 RSS Conference (IPFW, Fort Wayne, IN)

Our latest conference brought together many scholars in the field, and the program is available here.

2013 RSS Conference (Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI)

The fifth RSS conference took place from September 26-29, 2013, and the program is available here.

2011 RSS Conference (Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO)

Our fourth biennial conference took place between September 8-10, 2011, and the program is available here.

2009 RSS Conference (Purdue University)

The third RSS conference took place between September 11-13, 2009, and the program is available here.

2007 RSS Conference (University of Missouri at Kansas City)

Our second biennial conference took place between September 27-29, 2007, and the program is available here.

2005 RSS Conference (University of Delaware)

The first RSS conference took place between September 29-31, 2005, and the program is available here.