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The South-Central Renaissance Conference (SCRC) is an interdisciplinary association of Renaissance scholars with membership drawn primarily from North America and Europe. SCRC takes pride in being one of the oldest and friendliest Renaissance conferences in North America.

SCRC hosts an annual meeting entitled Exploring the Renaissance: An International Conference. Host cities have included Malibu, CA, Savannah, GA, St. Louis and Kansas City, in addition to New Orleans, and cities in our traditional geographical region of Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. The SCRC's international flavor comes partly from organizations such as The Queen Elizabeth I Society, The Andrew Marvell Society, and The Society for Renaissance Art History, which meet in conjunction with SCRC and sponsor paper sessions. In recent years, the conference has averaged 120 juried papers in concurrent sessions over three days.

Special features of each annual meeting include the keynote address at the Saturday luncheon, and two other invited lectures, the William B. Hunter Lecture in Renaissance Studies and the Louis L. Martz Lecture in Renaissance interdisciplinary studies. Depending upon the resources of the host city, local hosts have also made arrangements for theater outings and art museum tours.

SCRC sponsors two distinguished publications: Explorations in Renaissance Culture (ERC), which recently released a gala 40th anniversary issue and is currently produced by Brill; and Discoveries, an online periodical of notes and book reviews.

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Exploring the Renaissance 2018: An International Conference

67th annual meeting of the South-Central Renaissance Conference

When: April 12-14, 2018

Where: The Georgian Terrace Hotel, Atlanta, GA

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Program Chair: Pat Garcia, The University of Texas at Austin,

Local Host: Renee Bricker, University of North Georgia,

Call for Proposal: Exploring the Renaissance 2018 CFP

Invited Speakers:
William B. Hunter Lecturer: Peggy O’Brien, Folger Shakespeare Library
Louis L. Martz Lecturers: Dorothy Metzger Habel, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Keynote Lecturer: Brian Corrigan, University of North Georgia

Hotel Information:
Hotel reservations at the Georgian Terrace Hotel should be made through the following website -
(Hotel room rates are $179/night, and reservations must be made by Monday, 3/12/18 to ensure the conference rate.)

Affiliate Societies:
The Queen Elizabeth I Society
The Marvell Society
The Society for Renaissance Art History

Conference Registration: Click Here

Explorations in Renaissance Culture

Explorations in Renaissance Culture ERC Submissions

SCRC proudly produces two publications: Explorations in Renaissance Culture (ERC), a multidisciplinary scholarly journal devoted to all disciplines of study in the Early Modern/Renaissance period, is produced twice a year in winter and summer. Discoveries, the official online newsletter of the South Central Renaissance Conference, features news, reviews, and short articles on Early Modern literature, music, art, and architecture. Also included in this biannual publication is membership news, notes on future Conference meetings, upcoming events, and calls for papers.


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SCRC proudly produces two publications: Explorations in Renaissance Culture (ERC), a multidisciplinary scholarly journal devoted to all disciplines of study in the Early Modern/Renaissance period, is produced twice a year in winter and summer. Discoveries, the official online newsletter of the South Central Renaissance Conference, features news, reviews, and short articles on Early Modern literature, music, art, and architecture. Also included in this biannual publication is membership news, notes on future Conference meetings, upcoming events, and calls for papers.


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SCRC Membership

Membership dues are $25 ($15 for students) and includes an electronic subscription to Explorations in Renaissance Culture; add $10 for print copy.

Join as an SCRC Angel by sending $50/year (helping to defray the costs of our publications), or as a life member by sending $500 (the yearly dues times 20).

To join, please print and complete this membership form. Remit the form and your check (payable to SCRC) to SCRC’s Secretary-Treasurer:

Dr. Greg Bentley
Department of English
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Affiliate Societies

Society for Renaissance Art History
Andrew Marvell Society
Queen Elizabeth I Society
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In The Light of Gloriana
Tower of London

18-21 November 2016

(Presented by the University of York in partnership with the Tower of London, Winchester University, the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and supported by the Queen Elizabeth I Society)

This event is the result of many discussions about having a dedicated conference and society focusing on the emerging scholarly works within Elizabethan studies. The long-term goal is to produce a bi-annual publication and host a bi-annual conference highlighting these innovative ideas; we will begin with an inaugural conference. It will be held from 18th to 21st November 2016 at Hatfield House, a place of huge significance and importance for Queen Elizabeth I.

Academic Keynote: Dr. Carole Levin, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Public Keynote & Lecture: Dr. John Cooper, University of York

Therefore, we are currently seeking proposals on any of (but not limited to) the broad themes outlined below:

  • National and international concepts of power, authority, kingship and queenship during the Elizabethan period

  • Court politics and diplomacy in the Elizabethan period

  • International dynamics and relations between England and continental Europe between 1558-1603

  • Religious discourse such as the implications of the royal supremacy in the establishment and maintenance of a state church

  • Film and television depictions of Elizabeth I and/or the Elizabethan period

  • Imagery, rhetoric and constructions of the Queen in literature, art, fashion and drama

  • Trade, currency and economic relations in Elizabethan England

  • Medicine, illness, senses and concepts of the body in the Elizabethan period

  • Gender and female networks

  • Functions of daily life for all Elizabethans

  • Law, crime, and Elizabethan court systems

  • Elizabethan letter writing, correspondence and female writing

  • Music & Material Culture

We welcome proposals from postgraduate researchers, early career researchers and established scholars. Please send proposals consisting of your name, affiliation and status [e.g. postgraduate/ faculty member] with an abstract of 250 words outlining the theme of your paper to the conference committee at All inquiries can be sent to the same address. Please note that the deadline for submissions is 15 April 2016.

Louis Martz Lecture

Louis Martz
Louis Martz

Inaugurated in 2006, the Louis L. Martz Lectureship (before 2006, Martz Prize) will be used to invite a distinguished speaker to "Exploring the Renaissance: An International Conference" each year. An honorarium of $1,000 will be offered to the invited lecturer. The Louis L. Martz Lectureship rotates among the various affiliate societies who constitute "Exploring the Renaissance."


2014: Joseph Loewenstein (Washington University), on "The Publicity of the Public Theaters: Shakespeare and the Comedy of Consent" (April 4, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona)

2013: Nicholas Von Maltzahn (University of Ottowa), on "Andrew Marvell's Paperwork: The Secretary Poet" (March 22, 2013 in Omaha, Nebraska)

2012: Claire Jowitt (Nottingham Trent University), on "Elizabeth I, Piracy, and Models of Female Rule" (March 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana)

2011: Diane Cole Ahl (Lafayette College), on "'This splendid, noble art': Re-Viewing Fifteenth-Century Painting in Italy" (March 4, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri)

2010: Martin Dzelzainis (Royal Holloway, University of London), on "Andrew Marvell and George Villiers, Second Duke of Buckingham" (March 19, 2010 in Corpus Christi, Texas)

2009: Carole Levin (U of Nebraska, Lincoln), on "Dreaming About the Living and the Dead" (March 6, 2009 in Hot Springs, Arkansas)

2008: Sarah Blake McHam (Rutgers U), on "Inscriptions in Renaissance Art: Pliny Creates Cultural Capital" (March 7, 2008 in Kansas City, Missouri)

2007: Annabel Patterson (Yale U), on "Marvell at the Heart of Parliamentary History" (March 9, 2007 in San Antonio, Texas)

2006: Susan Doran (Christ Church College, Oxford U), "Elizabeth I and Her Favourites: The Case of Walter Raleigh" (March 10, 2006 in Houston, Texas)

2005: Frank Ardolino (University of Hawaii), on "The Induction of Sly: The Influence of The Spanish Tragedy on the Two Shrews" (March 4, 2005 in Malibu, California)

2004: Kate Narveson (Luther College), "Godly Gentility as Spiritual Capital: The Appeal of Hall's Meditations in Early Stuart England" (April 2, 2004 in Austin, Texas)

2003: Derek Alwes (Ohio State University), "'To serve your prince by . . . an honest dissimulation': TheNew Arcadia as a Defence of Poetry" (March 7, 2003 in New Orleans, Louisiana)

Rotation for Selection of Martz Lecturer through 2025:

William B. Hunter Lecture Series
in Renaissance Studies

William B. Hunter
William B. Hunter

At Lafayette, Louisiana, in April, 2000, the South-Central Renaissance Conference's executive board voted to recognize one outstanding scholar of Renaissance studies each year. William B. Hunter (1915-2006) was a former president of SCRC and a distinguished Renaissance scholar. The Hunter Lecture Series is supported by the generosity of St. Edward's University.


2014: Jeffrey Shoulson, University of Connecticut, Storrs, on "Hugh Broughton, the King James Bible, and the Challenge of Hebraic Scholarship" (April 3, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona)

2013: Liana de Girolami Cheney, University of Massachusetts Lowell, on "Giorgio Vasari's Vision: The Arts and the Belles Lettres" (March 21, 2013 in Omaha, Nebraska)

2012: Sabine Mödersheim, University of Wisconsin, Madison, on "Ut pictura poesis—Emblems and the Material Culture" (March 8, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana)

2011: Kevin R. Moll, East Carolina University, on "Some Straight-Shooting Observations on the EarlyL’homme armé Masses" (March 3, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri)

2010: Sheila Rabin, Professor of History, St. Peter's College, New Jersey, on "Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and the Historiography of Renaissance Astrology" (March 18, 2010 in Corpus Christi, Texas)

2009: Laurinda S. Dixon, Professor of Art History, Syracuse University on "The Eye, Heart and Brain of the Beholder: Experiencing English Renaissance Portraits" (March 5, 2009 in Hot Springs, Arkansas)

2008: William B. Wallace, Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor of Art History, Washington University, St. Louis on "The Greatest Ass in the World: Michelangelo as Writer" (March 6, 2008 in Kansas City, Missouri)

2007: Regina Schwartz, Professor of English, Northwestern University on "Sacramental Poetics" (March 8, 2007 in San Antonio, Texas)

2006: Paul Alpers, Class of 1942 Professor of English Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, and Professor-in-Residence, Smith College on "Renaissance Lyrics and Their Situations" (March 9, 2006 in Houston, Texas)

2005: Andrew Ladis, Professor of Art History, University of Georgia on "Giotto and That Obscure Object of Desire" (March 3, 2005 in Malibu, California)

2004: Rebecca Wagner Oettlinger of the University of Wisconsin on "Public Relations in the Sixteenth Century: Luther's Image in Popular Songs." (April 1, 2004 in Austin, Texas)

2003: Russ McDonald of the University of North Carolina (Greensboro) on "The Elizabethan Shakespeare." (March, 2003 at New Orleans, Louisiana.)

2002: Ingrid Rowland of the American Academy, Rome, author of The Culture of the High Renaissance: Ancients and Moderns in Sixteenth-Century Rome. (April, 2002 at St. Louis University.)

2001: The first honoree in the SCRC William B. Hunter Lecture Series in Renaissance Studies was Michael Schoenfeldt of the University of Michigan. The lecture was titled "'Commotion Strange': Milton and Passion" (April, 2001, at the Texas A & M Conference).

Michael Schoenfeldt
Michael Schoenfeldt

Professor Schoenfeldt received his graduate training at the University of California at Berkeley and has published widely in Renaissance studies. His first book, Prayer and Power: George Herbert and Renaissance Courtship (University of Chicago Press), appeared in 1991. His second, Bodies and Selves in Early Modern England: Physiology and Inwardness in Spenser, Shakespeare, Herbert, and Milton(Cambridge University Press) appeared in December, 1999.

SCRC Emeritus Members
(Date of Election to Emeritus Status, if known)

  1. Dorothy Brown (2003)
  2. Liana De Girolami Cheney (2011)
  3. Robert Collmer (2006)
  4. Donald Dickson (2008)
  5. Gloria Fiero (2000)
  6. Margaret Flansburg (2006)
  7. David Hart (2010)
  8. George Klawitter (2012)
  9. Majorie Lewis (2000)
  10. Frances Malpezzi (2012)
  11. Paul Parrish (2012)
  12. James Potts (2000)
  13. Clifford Ronan (2009)
  14. James Sims
  15. Phoebe Spinrad (2006)
  16. Louis Stagg (2000)
  17. Helen Thomas (2000)
  18. Raymond Frontain (2015)

SCRC Emeritus Members, deceased

  1. Albert and Joan Fields (2001)
  2. Kate Frost (2010)
  3. Karl Josef Höltgen

Hotel Accommodation

The conference will meet on the campus of St. Louis College of Pharmacy with hotel accommodation at Parkway Hotel.

Special conference rates are available at the Parkway Hotel, adjacent to St. Louis College of Pharmacy and a comfortable walking distance (approximately 250 steps) from the campus.

The rates are as follows:
King Room $132.00
Double Room $137.00

These special conference rates will expire after February 23rd, 2016. To book your room, contact the hotel using the link given here:

Please see the Parkway Hotel’s website for additional information:

Transportation from the Airport

St. Louis College of Pharmacy has a Metrolink station very nearly on our campus (Central West End Station). The Metro “Red” line runs from Lambert St. Louis Airport directly by the college, no transfers. The ride takes approximately twenty-five minutes. Single trip rides cost $4.00 if purchased at the airport; $2.50 at any other station.

The Parkway Hotel shuttle does not offer service to or from the airport, but GoBest Express Airport Shuttle Service has a special conference rate for us, $18 each way per person. Reservations MUST be made online using the link below to receive the discounted rate. Standard rates ($22 one way) will apply for walk up reservations made on the spot. They have provisions for ADA with advance notice. Airport taxis are also available; rates on these vary.

Click here to reserve your airport shuttle ride to/from Lambert International Airport and your hotel.

Day parking for the conference will be available in the college garage adjacent to the building in which we will hold the conference sessions. Parking at the Parkway Hotel is available as well. Rates there will be $5.00 per day.