Our 2021 conference was cancelled due to the pandemic, and information about our 2023 conference will be posted in advance. Our latest conference took place in 2019 in Provo, Utah and the details from that conference as well as our previous conference programs are posted below.
2019 RSS Conference (Brigham Young University, Provo, UT)
Our last conference took place from September 26-28, 2019 and the presentations included a wide array of topics within the fields of reader-response criticism, reception history, book history, media studies, and more, while several panels focused on the conference theme, “Reception/Politics.” The program is available here, and the plenary speakers included Dr. Racquel Gates, 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) and Dr. Greg Barnhisel, Professor and Chair of English at Dusquesne University, editor of Book History, and author of Cold War Modernists: Art, Literature, and American Cultural Diplomacy.
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.