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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

Paper Submissions

Deadline for submission of abstracts, session, and roundtable proposals: June 1, 2017.

Please send proposals via email to: Eliza Greenstadt, Associate Professor of Theater +Film, Portland State University
Subject line: PNRS Submission; Word Count: 250 words

Find details and updates write pnrenaissancesociety@gmail.com

Topic considerations:

  • Historicizing the categories of “East” and “West”
  • Nationality before the nation state
  • Migrants, nomads, vagrants, refugees
  • Borders, crossings, and early modern space/place
  • Xenophobia amidst globalization
  • Hospitality and the stranger
  • Periodization and queer temporalities
  • Genre crossings
  • Global Shakespeares, “Ethnic” Shakespeares
  • Intertextual Crossings
  • Corporeal boundaries, gender crossings, trans studies
  • Interdisciplinarity, intersectionality
  • Empathy and intersubjectivity
  • Reputation, rumor, censorship, “fake news”
  • Allegiance and alliance across difference


Click here to register!

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


As ours is an intimate conference, we encourage all participants to plan on attending the whole time.

Thursday, October 19

3:00 – 9:00 — Conference Registration, to be followed by a reading of a Renaissance play

Friday, October 20

9:00 – 10:30 — Plenary

Frances Dolan, UC Davis: “Hedge/Rows”

10:45 – 12:15 — Panel 1 Sessions
12:15 – 1:30
— Lunch; board meeting of the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society
1:30 – 4:45
 — Panel 2 Sessions
3:15 – 4:45
  — Panel 3
5:30 – 6:30
 — Portland Art Museum Tour: 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205

The Portland Art Museum is offering attendees of the PNRS conference a guided tour of the museum’s relevant collections and educational resources. The museum is open until 8 and has a pizza/beer pub Friday nights for anyone who would like to continue to explore after the tour. Hosted at the Portland Art Museum, European Galleries. Please RSVP here.

6:30 – 8:30 — Oecologies Cash Bar Mixer: Hosted at Barlow / Picnic House, 723 SW Salmon St. Portland, OR 97205

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! Please RSVP here.

Saturday, October 21

9:00 – 10:30 — Plenary

Daniel Vitkus, UC San Diego: “Rogue Cosmopolitans: Transgressing National and Religious Boundaries on the English Renaissance Stage.”

10:45-12:15  — Panel 1 Sessions
  — Lunch; Portland Farmer’s Market on campus
1:30 – 4:45
 — Panel 2 Sessions
3:15 – 4:45
  — Panel 3
5:00 – 7:00:
— PNRS Reception

Sunday, October 22

9:00 – 2:00  — Closing Events; TBA

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.