Our next RSS Biennial Conference will 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

RSS 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, media studies, institutional studies, and gender, race, ethnic, sexuality, postcolonial, religious, and other studies. We welcome presentations on all aspects of reception, but this year we especially encourage papers and panels on the theme: “Reception/Politics.”

Scholars of literature and media have, since the Cold War, theorized the ways in which reception practices are political. Our engagement with texts as readers, viewers, listeners, users, and consumers both reflect naturalized assumptions and obscure patterns of hierarchy. At the same time, as recent events have made clear, politics is also a site a reception. From the virality that shaped the #MeToo movement to the Alt National Parks Service with its rogue website and counter Twitter feed, the political realm has increasingly become a space in which intriguing and innovative forms of audience/user response takes place, redefining what “politics” means.

Proposals for panels and papers in this or any area of reception studies are now welcome. Please submit proposals of 250 words or less, along with a one-page CV to Professor Daniel Morris by May 20, 2019. Questions or queries are also welcome.

Plenary Speakers:

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. Bambi Haggins is Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Laughing Mad: The Black Comic Persona in Post-Soul America.

Selected conference papers will be solicited for publication in the RSS journal, Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History, published by Penn State University Press. For registration fees and RSS dues, please visit the membership page. Reduced rate rooms will be available at the Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center ($139/night). Further details to be posted in May, 2019.

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.