The Renaissance Society of America

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For the Museum on the campus of the University of Chicago, see The Renaissance Society.

The Renaissance Society of America (RSA) is an academic association founded in 1954 supporting the study of the Renaissance period, 1300–1650, in Western history. Its headquarters are in New York; the annual meeting takes place in changing cities within North America and in Europe. Art historian Horst Waldemar Janson was a founding member and president of the society.

It publishes the Renaissance Quarterly (ISSN 0034-4338) a peer-reviewed publication which began in the 1940s as Renaissance News and was renamed beginning with volume 20 in 1967. It subsumed a separate publication, Studies in the Renaissance, in 1975;[1] Studies was published by the University of Chicago Press from 1954 to 1974 (ISSN 0081-8658, vols. 1-21) and is indexed by JSTOR. It also publishes an internal newsletter (Renaissance News & Notes), and the Renaissance Society of America Reprint Text Series.

The Society has a number of annual awards, including a prize for digital research in the Renaissance, the Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Prize for the best book published in Renaissance studies, and an annual prize for the best article in Renaissance Quarterly.[2]


  1. ^ "Renaissance Quarterly". Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Awards". Renaissance Society of America. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 

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