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The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) promotes scholarship on the early modern era, broadly defined (ca. 1450 – ca. 1660). Providing opportunities for intellectual exchange among scholars of the period, the Society also actively encourages the integration of younger colleagues into the academic community. The geographical scope of the organization is as international as its membership. The SCSC welcomes scholars from all disciplines in early modern studies including history, art history, religion, history of science, musicology, digital humanities, Ottoman studies, and literary and cultural studies in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The Society holds one annual meeting in a different city each year, usually during the month of October, with an average of more than 800 participants.


SCSC Book and Article Prizes Announced!

The following prizes were awarded that the SCSC Business Meeting on October 17, 2014.

  • Roland H. Bainton Book Prizes
    • History/Theology: Sandra Cavallo and Tessa Storey, Healthy Living in Late Renaissance Italy (Oxford University Press, 2013)
    • Literature: Carmen Nocentelli, Empires of Love: Europe, Asia and the Making of Early Modern Identity (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013)
    • Art History: Sarah Blake McHam, Pliny and the Artistic Culture of the Italian Renaissance: the Legacy of the Natural History (Yale University Press, 2013)
    • Reference: Tom Cain and Ruth Connolly, The Complete Poetry of Robert Herrick (Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • Gerald Strauss Book Prize
      Alisha Rankin, Panaceia's Daughters. Noblewomen as healers in Early Modern Germany (University of Chicago Press, 2013)
  • Nancy Lyman Roelker Prize
      Stuart Carroll, "'Nager entre deux eaux.' The Princess and the Ambiguities of French Protestantism" Sixteenth Century Journal (2013)
  • Harold Grimm Prize
      Matthias Range, “'Wandelabendmahl': Lutheran 'Walking Communion' and Its Expression in Material Culture” Journal of Ecclesiastical history 64 (2013).
  • Carl S. Meyer Prize
      Amy Newhouse, “Bodies as Boundaries: Corporal Jobs and Contagious Disease in 16th Century Nuremberg” presented at SCSC Puerto Rico 2013.
  • Future conferences:

    • 22-25 October 2015: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    • 18-20 August 2016: Bruges, Belgium
    • 26-29 October 2017: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Submit a paper or panel proposal, register for the conference, and get hotel and travel information.

    Become a member of the SCSC, edit membership information, learn about the SCSC endowment.

    Learn about SCSC book and article prizes, nomination guidelines, and view past prize winners.

    Information about library collections, Iter databases, fellowship opportunities, announcements, and SCSC Affiliated Societies

    Information about the Sixteenth Century Journal, and Early Modern Studies book series.

    Contact information for SCSC officers, council, and committees, and to view the SCSC Constitution.