Welcome!

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.


New Orleans Conference had record attendance!

Attendance a the New Orleans 2014 conference was just over 950 participants, making it the SCSC largest. The conference included a mix of traditional panels, roundtables, digital humanities panels, and a poster session.


The program for the 2014 New Orleans Conference is still available: Click here to view or download the program.


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.