About RCSC

Welcome to the website for the Renaissance Conference of Southern California.

The RCSC promotes study of the period c. 1300–1800, broadly interpreting the Renaissance within a global framework.

The Renaissance Conference of Southern California (RCSC) is a scholarly association dedicated to the advancement of learning in Renaissance Studies. Since 1956, the RCSC has sponsored and organized conferences at centers of learning in Southern California. Our conference brings together academics, students, and independent scholars whose interests include the history, literature, visual arts, architecture, music, theater, religion, rhetoric, science, and languages of the Renaissance. The RCSC is an affiliate of the Renaissance Society of America.

The RCSC holds an annual conference at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, located in San Marino, CA. The Huntington holds one of the finest collections of Renaissance books and manuscripts in the United States and provides a conference venue of exceptional beauty and interest.

Become a Member today!

Members of the RCSC are able to apply for sponsored panels at the Renaissance Society of America’s annual conference, are a part of a thriving community of scholars, and enjoy access to specialized events and activities. Membership is required for Annual Conference participation.

Check out our page for the Annual Conference!

The RCSC will return to the Huntington for an in-person conference in March 2023. Please visit our Annual Conference page for more details.


Any questions about RCSC or the annual conference can be directed to the current Secretary.

For 2022-2023, the RCSC Secretary is Amy Buono (Art History Program, Department of Art, Chapman University, buono@chapman.edu).

Promoting study of the period c. 1300–1800