Here’s another great conference I just learned about! SUNY Plattsburgh is having a three day conference on Jane Austen and the Arts which starts on March 23 and ends on the 25th.
From the press release:
This conference is intended to bring together the considerable recent scholarly work of faculty both within and outside of the SUNY system. It welcomes members of the general public, many of whom are themselves experts on Austen. One day of the conference will be devoted to undergraduate papers in order to provide students with professional experience. Fittingly, there will be an English Country Dance, complete with a dance workshop led by Sharon Schenkel.
The conference has topics such as “Exposing Character: The Art of Letter Writing in Pride and Prejudice,” “Art and Artifice: Lady Susan and the Authorial Process,” and “Marianne Dashwood: Songs of Love and Misery.” This conference is geared more towards academia but there are loads of topics that would appeal to the general Austen reader. You can find the program listing here.
Beginning March 29, Trinity College, Cambridge will be hosting a three day conference to celebrate Jane Austen’s Sandition, her unfinished final novel started in January of 1817 and not completed by her death in July of that same year.
From the press release,
This conference will be devoted to discussing a diverse range of subjects relating to Jane Austen’s last work. Papers on thematic, historical, stylistic and biographical topics are invited. Particular attention will be given to the manuscript of Sanditon and Austen’s compositional processes, as well as to the reception and textual history of Sanditon in terms of editions, adaptations and continuations.
The conference will be held at Trinity College, Cambridge, with planned visits to King’s College and to Austen exhibitions at the University Library, Cambridge and the English Faculty, Cambridge.
The Sandition manuscript, currently housed at King’s College, Cambridge will also be on view.
The Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick, NY will kick off their year long* celebration of Jane Austen on Thursday, March 16. The first program is a lecture by Jacqueline George, professor of English at SUNY New Paltz, entitled “The Afterlife of a Literary Icon.” The lecture will answer questions such as why does Jane Austen stay with us and what her legacy means.
The event will begin at 6:30PM EST. You can check the library’s event page for more information as well as find other upcoming events happening with this celebration.
P.S. The library is setting up a standee so you can take a selfie with Mr. Darcy. I’m not sure if this is an awesome thing or barely tolerable.
*I’ve added this celebration to the Jane 200 calendar.