RSS conference Sept.2013/April 15 2013

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The Fifth Biannual conference of the RECEPTION STUDY SOCIETY
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 26-29 2013

The Reception Study Society 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, institutional studies, and gender, race, ethnic, sexuality, postcolonial, religious, and other studies.

Proposals for panels and papers in any of these areas are now welcome. Please submit proposals of 250 words or less, along with a one-page cv, to Amy Blair at by April 15, 2013.

Keynote Speakers will be:
John Carlos Rowe
Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California
"The Reader Writes back: Interactivity and the New Dynamics of Reception"
His current scholarly projects include The Rediscovery of America: Multicultural Literature and the New Democracy and Blackwell's Companion to American Studies.

Ernest Mathijs
Associate professor of film studies at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
"Between Interpretive and Affective Communities: Cultists, the Aesthetic Experience, and Reception Studies."
He has recently published The Cinema of David Cronenberg: From Baron of Blood to Cultural Hero (2008); with Xavier Mendik (eds), The Cult Film Reader (2007); and with Martin Barker (eds), Watching The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien World Audiences (2007).

Joan Rubin
Professor of History
University of Rochester
"Print Culture and the Cosmopolitan Reader"
She has written Songs of Ourselves: The Uses of Poetry in America (2007) and a collaborative History of the Book in America (2000).

Reduced rate rooms will soon be available from the Doubletree Inn in downtown Milwaukee (414-273-2950 or 414-727-1575).

Selected conference papers will be solicited for publication in the RSS journal Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History, which will be published by Penn State University Press as of the fall of 2013. For information about the RSS, including membership information, or the journal, please visit our website: