Announcements about upcoming panels and publications are listed below, and previous panels are included lower on this page, while programs of previous RSS conferences are posted on the Conference page. Please use our contact form to submit further events or ask questions, and keep in mind that our next conference will take place in 2019!
Upcoming panels & CFPs
RSS panel at the American Literature Association Conference (May 24-27, 2018, San Francisco)
The Reception Study Society seeks contributions for a guaranteed panel at the annual conference of the American Literature Association. This panel will address the reception of neglected works, and proposals could either offer case studies, or address theoretical implications of reception and neglect. Possible topics include neglected works of sentiment, queer texts, black history, activist poetry or fiction, working class literature, encyclopedias, periodicals, TV soaps, comics, detective fiction and more. Neglected aspects of the material text (book jackets, illustrations, headings, dedications, prefaces, etc.) are also welcome, as are inquiries about additional topics. Send inquiries or abstracts of 250 words by January 22 to Ildi Olasz. For further details about the conference, please visit the ALA conference page.
"Reception Histories of the Future" Conference (Aug. 4-6, 2017, Uppsala, Sweden)
The Department of Linguistics and Philology at Uppsala University is organizing a conference on Byzantinisms, speculative fiction, and the literary heritage of medieval empire. The study of Classical reception in modern speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy) is an old and broad field, with roots in both the academy and the popular press. Since Classics are often reluctant to look beyond the temporal borders of the antique world and venture into its medieval Greek imperial successor, the consideration of classical reception in speculative fiction has mostly neglected the significant impact of Byzantium and other post-Roman imperial formations and their literatures on modern SFF. However, many of the central thematic tenets of the literary heritage of medieval empire – including but not limited to decadence, the post-Roman world, the problem of defining barbarian and citizen, and the use of 'Byzantine' settings and symbology as codes for the foreign or exotic – have had deep effects on the development of science fiction and fantasy in the 20th and 21st centuries. This conference aims to bring together some of the most innovative modern writers of speculative fiction with scholars working at the cutting edge of Byzantine reception studies for a two-day discussion of Byzantinism, decadence, empire, and storytelling. The conference will therefore collapse the distance between practitioners and critics, and bring reception studies into a direct dialogue with one of today's most vibrant genres of popular fiction. For further information, please visit the conference page.
RSS panel at the MLA Convention (Jan. 4-7, 2018, New York, NY): Insecure Receptions
"The Forceful Insecurity of Minority Youth Authorship: Thea Behran’s 'Anti-Semitism'." Amy Fish, Harvard University.
"Staging Reception: Mary Elizabeth Braddon, 'Babington White,' and Colonel Shandon Face Off in the Victorian Press." Naomi Salmon, University of Wisconsin/Madison.
"'Facts are Stubborn Things': Reception Theory in the Forgeries of Iolo Morganwg." Timothy Heimlich, University of California/Berkeley.
"New Propaganda and the Regression of Reading: Harold Laswell Counts the News." Maxwell Larson, Penn State University.
RSS panel at the MLA Convention (Jan. 5-8, 2017, Philadelphia, PA): Fandom and Reception Studies
In a recent issue of Reception, Daniel Cavicchi called for a history of fandom. This panel explored the ways in which reception scholars and fan specialists contribute to an exploration of this phenomenon.
RSS panel at the MMLA Conference (Nov. 10-13, 2016, St. Louis, MO): History of Critical Reception
RSS hosted an open topic session at the 2016 MMLA Conference in St. Louis.
RSS panel at the MLA Convention (Jan. 7-10, 2016, Austin, TX)
"The Politics of Reception: Race, Gender and Ideology" (session chair: Genevieve West)
"Konstanz and the Liberals," David Rosen and Aaron Santesso
"Reading Themselves into the World: Considerations of Race and Gender in a Black Woman Book Club," Florence Kabba
"A Winnicottian Reading of Fans’ Sociopolitical Fulfillment in the Potential Space of Online Fandom," Olga Kuminova
RSS panel at the MMLA Convention (Nov. 12-15, 2015, Columbus, OH)
RSS hosted a session titled “Reception Controversies: Theory and History” at the 2015 MMLA Conference in Columbus, OH.
A War of No Common Description: The Transnational Reception of Waterloo in the 19th Century (June 18-19, 2015, KU Leuven, Brussels)
On the occasion of the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, the Centre for Reception Studies of the KU Leuven organized a conference on the transnational reception of the event in the 19th century as an open invitation to reconsider the Battle and its broad cultural reception throughout the century. Keynote speakers were: Jeffrey N. Cox (University of Colorado at Boulder); Norbert Eke (Universität Paderborn); Jean-Marc Largeaud (Universite Francois Rabelais de Tours); Philippe Raxhon (Universite de Liege); Peter Philipp Riedl (Universitat Freiburg); Philip Shaw (University of Leicester); Jeroen Van Zanten (Universiteit Amsterdam) and Janneke Weijermars (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen).
RSS panels at the ALA Conference (May 21-24, 2015, Boston, MA)
• Reading African-American Women’s Fiction: From Alice Browning to Toni Morrison (session chair: Barbara Hochman)
“Recovering the Black Chicago Renaissance: The Case of Chicago Girl,” Mary Ungar
“A Cognitive Reading of Beloved,” Lydia Magras
“Toni Morrison’s A Mercy: The Critique of Patriarchy and History’s Lost Opportunities,” Philip Goldstein
• Mark Twain’s Audiences: Reception Histories and Reconstructed Reading Communities (session chair: Philip Goldstein)
“Reconstructing the Reading Community of the Century: The Pre-Published Chapters of Huckleberry Finn,” Barbara Hochman
“The Political Theology of Reception: From Huck Finn to Francis Finn, S.J.” Steven Mailloux
“The Reception of The Prince and the Pauper in the Early 1880s,” James L. Machor
RSS panels at the 2015 MLA Convention (Vancouver, Canada)
• Adaptation as Reception: Yung-Hsing Wu organized a panel focused on multimodal reception, especially adaptations as a proof that reception has happened.
• Zora Neale Hurston Reception: Genevieve West and Jennifer Marshall led a panel on the reception of Zora Neale Hurston’s work.
RSS roundtable at the 2014 MMLA Convention (Detroit, MI)
From Twitter and fan fiction sites to Amazon.com book reviews, the topics brought up by the presenters invited audience members to a lively discussion on personal experiences and research findings about the opportunities and challenges for Reception Study in the age of the digital social media.
RSS panel at the 2014 SAMLA Convention in Atlanta:
The panel organized by Paul Dahlgren focused on the new directions in Reception Study with paper topics ranging from pedagogy to digital reading communities, and more.
RSS panel at the 2014 ALA Conference (Washington, D.C.)
Philip Goldstein brought together a panel on Mark Twain’s readers in an effort to provide insight into eccentric fan letters, sensation effects and mysteries.
RSS panel at the 2014 MLA Convention (Chicago, IL)
Our RSS panel at the 2014 MLA Convention (January 9-12, Chicago, IL) was selected for inclusion in this year’s presidential theme, Vulnerable Times. We had an interesting group of presentations that each extended the field of reception—while focusing even more closely on specific audience groups and reception periods. Thanks for all the presenters and attendees for the engaging discussion afterwards!
RSS panel at the 2013 MMLA Convention (Milwaukee, WI)
We had an RSS panel at the 2013 MMLA Convention (November 7-10, Milwaukee, WI). Reports from presenters and attendees are always welcome!