Conference

Our latest RSS Biennial Conference took place in Provo, Utah from September 26-28, 2019, and details are posted below, while the previous conference programs are available lower on the page.

The Eighth Biennial Conference of the Reception Study Society

Brigham Young University and The Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Sept. 26-28, Provo, UT

This year's presentations included a wide array of topics within the fields of reader-response criticism, reception history, book history, media studies, and more, and several panels focused on the conference theme, “Reception/Politics.” The program is available here, and the registration fees and RSS dues are listed on the membership page. Plenary speakers were:

Dr. Greg Barnhisel is Professor and Chair of English at Dusquesne University. He is editor of Book History, series editor of Studies in Print Culture and History of the Book (University of Massachusetts Press), editor, with Catherine Turner, of Pressing the Fight: Print, Propaganda, and the Cold War, and author of Cold War Modernists: Art, Literature, and American Cultural Diplomacy.

Dr. Racquel Gates is Associate Professor of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island/CUNY, and author of Double Negative: The Black Image and Popular Culture (Duke UP, 2018).

Previous conferences:

2017 RSS Conference (St. Catherine University, Saint Paul, MN)

The theme of our 2017 conference was “Feminist Reception: Celebrating Thirty Years” in commemoration of 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. The program can be downloaded here, and the keynote speakers were: 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"); and Patsy Schweickart, Purdue University ("Reading Gender in the Interstices of Theory").

2015 RSS Conference (IPFW, Fort Wayne, IN)

Our sixth 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.

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