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Renaissance Border Crossings: Documented and Undocumented
October 19-22, 2017

The Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society

Our theme rises out of our current political context of rising nationalism and renewed interest in building walls. We think it is fitting that the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society, which spans a region encompassing two countries and is devoted to a historical period of always-contested boundaries, should devote a conference to the theme of border crossings. This year’s meeting invites papers that consider, in the broadest sense, how we encounter the in-between spaces of contact, conflict, and possibility in the Renaissance.


Marylhurst University


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The registration fees are as follows:

Early Bird Registration (by September 1)

  • Faculty/Independent Scholars: $115
  • Students: $65

Regular Registration (after September 1)

  • Faculty/Independent Scholars: $135
  • Students: $85

Day-of Registration (October 19)

  • Faculty/Independent Scholars: $150
  • Students: $85

Additional Conference Events:

Don’t forget to register specifically for conference events taking place Friday, October 20:

Portland Art Museum Tour | Friday, October 20 | 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm

Tour of the Portland Art Museum European Collection with Curator Dawson Carr. Followed by optional beer and pizza at the Arts Pub.

RSVP required.

Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Oecologies Cash Bar Mixer | Friday, October 20 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Attend the Oecologies Cash Bar Mixer hosted by the Oecologies network. This happy hour welcomes all scholars from the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Conference who wish to attend. Please join us, bring friends, enjoy a drink and conversation, meet new friends, and help us plot some ecocritical futures for the humanities along the Pacific West Coast!

Let us know you’ll join us and RSVP here.

Barlow / Picnic House, 723 SW Salmon St. Portland, OR 97205


View the conference schedule and other event details by downloading the official conference program:

Download the 2017 PRNS Program (PDF, 37.4 MB)

Conference Details and Lodging


Lincoln Hall, Portland State University 

1620 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97201


A group rate has been secured at the Hyatt House in Portland. Mention the PNRS Conference at time of booking to receive the group rate of $154 for a king room or $169 for a king suite with fold-out sofa (sleeps up to 4).  Lodging-Share Sign-Up Sheet.

Accommodations are a 10-minute walk or 8-minute streetcar ride to PSU.

Hyatt House Portland

2080 SW River Dr.
Portland, OR 97201


Thank you to the Portland Art Museum for waiving admission fees for all conference attendees.