2024 Conference Information

University of Pennsylvania, 31 May and 1 June 2024


The conference will take place at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, in Room 300.

The Annenberg School is located in main University of Pennsylvania (Penn) campus. See the campus map.

Directions to Room 300

Please use the Walnut Street entrance to the Annenberg School.

After entering through the Walnut Street doors turn right after the security desk and access the elevator, go to the third floor and turn left off the elevator. You will see a small sitting area right in front of Room 300.



The University of Pennsylvania is located in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia, which is well-serviced by public transportation to and from Center City, where most of Philadelphia’s sites are concentrated.

Map of University City and Center City

About University City

About Center City Philadelphia

Transportation to Philadelphia by flight

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is about 30 minutes from the University of Pennsylvania campus.

The easiest way to get from the airport to the University of Pennsylvania is to take SEPTA Regional Rail Airport Line to the Penn Medicine Station ($7 one way, contactless pay supported). The train may be picked up at any of the airport terminals. Once you arrive at Penn Medicine, you will need to walk to the campus or your hotel—see the map below.

You may use the SEPTA Trip Planner, Google Maps, or Apple Maps to find the next train. You may also download the SEPTA app (Apple | Google).

Transportation to Philadelphia by train

Trains to Philadelphia arrive at 30th Street Station, which is a 15 minute walk to the University of Pennsylvania campus. Alternatively, SEPTA’s Drexel 30th Street Station, across the street from the train station, can be used to take the “Trolley” lines 11, 13, 34, or 36 to 36th St. Station, at the edge of the University of Pennsylvania campus.

Traveling within Philadelphia

The SEPTA Metro (subway) network is $2 (contactless) for a ride, and connects the University of Pennsylvania to Center City. You may use the SEPTA Trip Planner, Google Maps, or Apple Maps to plan your route. You may also download the SEPTA app (Apple | Google).

SEPTA Metro map

Center City is quite walkable, and it is possible to walk from the University of Pennsylvania to Center City in about 30 minutes.

Map of Center City and University City with SEPTA


There are a number of hotels in and around the University of Pennsylvania (see below). There are also many hotels in Center Center, discoverable through a web search on Kayak and similar services ($150 and up).

Hotels near the University of Pennsylvania

We have confirmed that there are rooms available at the following hotels, with estimated per-night charges listed. We have included a budget option below as well, given the relatively high prices.Sonder The Sloan ($170). 13 minute walk to conference location.
The Study at University City ($270). 8 minute walk to conference location.
Cornerstone Bed & Breakfast ($279 to $330). 18 minute walk to conference location.
The Gables Bed & Breakfast ($175 to $210). 25 minute walk to conference location.

Budget option

Note: shared bathroom.

Legacy – Spring Garden University City ($55). 17 minute walk to conference location.


All papers are pre-circulated and read in advance, with ample time set aside for full-plenary discussion of each paper. The deadline for submitting your paper is May 13, with PDF format preferred. Target length is 15 to 25 pages, though please aim to keep your papers under 12,000 words. To honor the intensive workshop format, it is important that all papers are ready at that time.


The conference is organized as a series of one-hour, single-paper sessions attended by all participants. Ample time will be set aside for intellectual exchange between presenters and attendees, as all participants are expected to read pre-circulated papers in advance.

Please assume that all participants have read your paper. Presenters should take around 5 and 8 minutes to describe the paper’s background and relationship to other work and/or broader projects. Many presenters find it useful to conclude with a few questions for discussion, including requests for feedback on specific elements of the paper. Most speakers talk informally from notes, although Powerpoint facilities are available upon request. After the brief remarks, the balance of the 50-minute session will be devoted to a discussion between you and the other participants.


Please register for the conference, which includes a conference fee.


Please contact the Organizing Committee


HISRESS gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsors: