JASNA AGM 2023

JASNA Denver-Boulder region would like to welcome you to the 2023 AGM.

Settled at the  The Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, the 2023 AGM introduces the theme: “Pride & Prejudice: A Rocky Romance,” which is perfect for the location.

From Elizabeth and Darcy’s rocky beginnings to the possibly rocky futures of Charlotte and Mr. Collins and Lydia and Wickham, difficult relationships are at the heart of Pride and Prejudice. Nature also plays a significant role in the novel as Elizabeth and Jane worry over Lydia’s crisis “walking together in the shrubbery behind the house,” and as Elizabeth shares her eagerness to visit the Lake District—“Adieu to disappointment and spleen. What are men to rocks and mountains?” Lady Catherine, Caroline Bingley, and many others, including Darcy, see themselves as being above others. Their arrogance is attitude with altitude.

The dates for the AGM are October 27–29, 2023.

For more information, check out the AGM website. More details on cost and other information will be coming soon.

Jane Austen in the Arts the 2021 AGM is Now On Demand

JASNA has opened up registration to view over 13 hours of AGM content online! Streaming until February 15,

…includes a mix of sessions recorded during the live event as well as a few presentations recorded afterwards by the speakers themselves—some of them exclusive to the AGM On Demand.

The list of presentations are amazing with everyone from Devoney Looser and Gillian Dow headlining the plenaries.

Cost is $99 for members  and $49 for students. For more information, including how to register, JASNA has put together a packed webpage of everything you will need to get access and a list of who’s who for the program.

JASNA 2022 Annual Student Essay Contest

JASNA Essay Contest 2022

It’s that time of year again for the JASNA Annual Student Essay Contest.

The theme this year is “Jane Austen’s first published novel, Sense and Sensibility” to match this years AGM.

From JASNA:

Family relations loom large in this book, and Austen has more than one story to tell, with four sets of siblings and notable mothers. Essays can focus on relations between siblings or pairs of siblings, between mothers and their offspring, or perhaps on characteristics (apart from sense and sensibility) embodied by a related or unrelated pair.

A PDF of the family tree is available here.

The contest is open to all students from high school to graduate school. You do not need to be a member of JASNA to enter.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, June 2, 2022. For more information, visit the submissions page.

Per the entrance information page, JASNA awards scholarships to winners in three divisions:

  • First Place:  $1,000 scholarship and free registration and two nights’ lodging for JASNA’s upcoming Annual General Meeting (Transportation to the conference is not provided.)
  • Second Place:  $500 scholarship
  • Third Place:  $250 scholarship

The winners will receive a single year memeber to JASNA, a set of Norton’s Critical Editions of Austen’s work, and the winning essay will be published on JASNA’s website.

For more information, FAQs, guidelines, and previous winners, visit the information page for the essay contest.

JASNA Membership Dues Increased For the First Time in 20 Years

Pencil drawing of Jane Austen

This may be late news but in the October 2021 issue of JASNA News, the board approved the increase for single membership dues from $30 to $45. Other tiers have increased as well. The board stated that it now costs $48 to support each member while the increase was only $30.

There is also a bit of good news with the increase. You now have the option to get a digital only membership (which means no paper copies of Persuasion and the quarterly paper magazine) for only $10 a year. This is to make sure that the availability of the JASNA offerings is available for everyone.

The cost increase across the tiers are as follows:

 

Last Call: AGM October 15 – 17: Jane Austen in the Arts

It’s that time of year again that many Janeites most look forward to: the yearly AGM!

This year it will be held in Chicago, sponsored by the JASNA – Greater Chicago Area. The theme is Jane Austen in the Arts.

From the website:

Each of Jane Austen’s novels features the arts in some form—from the domestic female accomplishments of playing an instrument, singing, and drawing as practiced by Emma Woodhouse, to the elaborate but private preparations for a performance of Lover’s Vows in Mansfield Park, to the public concert at the Assembly Rooms in Persuasion. We invite you to explore and experience this fascinating topic in the beautiful, exciting surroundings of the city of Chicago.

This year’s plenary speakers are:

  • Gillian Dow, former executive director of Chawton House
  • Devoney Looser, Austen scholar and author of The Making of Jane Austen
  • Desmond Shawe-Taylor, surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures since 2005
  • Maestro Stephen Alltop and Soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg will delight us with a concert that features compositions mentioned in Austen’s writing during the Sunday brunch

Registration is $299 for the attendee with a surcharge of $209 if you bring a companion.

For more information, visit the AGM’s website.

Reminder: AGM October 15 – 17: Jane Austen in the Arts

It’s that time of year again that many Janeites most look forward to: the yearly AGM!

This year it will be held in Chicago, sponsored by the JASNA – Greater Chicago Area. The theme is Jane Austen in the Arts.

From the website:

Each of Jane Austen’s novels features the arts in some form—from the domestic female accomplishments of playing an instrument, singing, and drawing as practiced by Emma Woodhouse, to the elaborate but private preparations for a performance of Lover’s Vows in Mansfield Park, to the public concert at the Assembly Rooms in Persuasion. We invite you to explore and experience this fascinating topic in the beautiful, exciting surroundings of the city of Chicago.

This year’s plenary speakers are:

  • Gillian Dow, former executive director of Chawton House
  • Devoney Looser, Austen scholar and author of The Making of Jane Austen
  • Desmond Shawe-Taylor, surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures since 2005
  • Maestro Stephen Alltop and Soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg will delight us with a concert that features compositions mentioned in Austen’s writing during the Sunday brunch

Registration is $299 for the attendee with a surcharge of $209 if you bring a companion.

For more information, visit the AGM’s website.

AGM October 15 – 17: Jane Austen in the Arts

It’s that time of year again that many Janeites most look forward to: the yearly AGM!

This year it will be held in Chicago, sponsored by the JASNA – Greater Chicago Area. The theme is Jane Austen in the Arts.

From the website:

Each of Jane Austen’s novels features the arts in some form—from the domestic female accomplishments of playing an instrument, singing, and drawing as practiced by Emma Woodhouse, to the elaborate but private preparations for a performance of Lover’s Vows in Mansfield Park, to the public concert at the Assembly Rooms in Persuasion. We invite you to explore and experience this fascinating topic in the beautiful, exciting surroundings of the city of Chicago.

This year’s plenary speakers are:

  • Gillian Dow, former executive director of Chawton House
  • Devoney Looser, Austen scholar and author of The Making of Jane Austen
  • Desmond Shawe-Taylor, surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures since 2005
  • Maestro Stephen Alltop and Soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg will delight us with a concert that features compositions mentioned in Austen’s writing during the Sunday brunch

Registration is $299 for the attendee with a surcharge of $209 if you bring a companion.

For more information, visit the AGM’s website.

JASNA’s Annual Student Essay Contest 2021

The annual JASNA Student Essay Contest is now open with entries due by June 1.

The contest is open to high school, college, and graduate students.

This year’s theme, “Jane Austen in the Arts,” is based on the theme for this years AGM. “Arts” is encompassing including fine art, performative art, crafts, and decorative arts.

From the website:

Jane Austen played the piano, embroidered, and attended art exhibits and the theater. The arts also played a role in her novels. In your essay, discuss how Austen uses the arts, whether to reveal character, address social standing, advance the plot, or otherwise make a point. High school students: you may discuss her use of the arts in just one of her novels, though you are welcome to refer to more. Undergraduate and graduate students: you must discuss Austen’s use of the arts in more than one novel. You may use the same art form in each or contrast different arts.

The organizers consider it essential to read the submissions page before submitting

Each division has three winning places with:

  • First Place:  $1,000 scholarship and free registration and two nights’ lodging for JASNA’s upcoming Annual General Meeting (Transportation to the conference is not provided.)
  • Second Place:  $500 scholarship
  • Third Place:  $250 scholarship

Each winner receives a set of Norton Critical Editions of Austen’s work.

All winners and their mentors receive a one years membership to JASNA.

The winning entries are published on JASNA’s website.

For more information, including previous winning essays, visit the contest’s website.

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Final Call for Papers for JASNA AGM 2020 is Next Week!

JASNA AGM 2020

JASNA Ohio North Coast Region invites those to submit papers based on AGM 2020 theme, “Jane Austen’s Juvenilia: Reason, Romanticism, and Revolution.” The papers should address Austen’s work from 1787 (when she was 11) to 1783 (when she was 17). They do, however, also accept works based on Lady Susan.

From the AGM coordinators, “We request submissions that explore how Austen engages with the world around her in her early writings, including influences from the Age of Reason, Romanticism in the popular culture of her time, and the Revolution of ideas that swept through Europe during the 18th century. We also hope to discuss her early stories for their pure entertainment value.”

To get you started, the AGM has thoughtfully put together a list of questions for you to get the juices flowing for your paper:

  • Did the social and political background of revolutionary war in America and France, along with questions of sovereignty and human rights, influence Austen’s teenage writing?
  • Did changing ideas about education and women’s roles appear to have influenced her childhood works?
  • Did Austen engage with the Romantic period in literature and art? How did contemporary novels influence her teenage writings?
  • How is the exuberance of Austen’s early writings present, although perhaps in suppressed form, in her mature novels?
  • Austen’s unique narrative voice is apparent in even the briefest fragments from Austen’s three volumes of juvenilia. How does her author’s voice evolve over time?
  • We know Austen herself valued her early works, as she kept them throughout her life. As the study of juvenilia gains recognition in academia, how do her youthful writings compare to other teenage art?
  • We picture young Jane Austen reading her works aloud to amused family and friends. Do these works stand on their own as entertaining fiction, or are they best viewed as apprenticeship work for the mature novels?
  • Does Lady Susan form a bridge between Austen’s teenage writings and the novels that she produced later in her life, or does it stand alone in Austen’s published works?
  • How did Austen use the epistolary form in Lady Susan, and how might this provide insight into early versions of her novels, such as First Impressions? And what are we to make of this wicked main character?

Submission deadline is October 12, 2019.

You can fnd more information on submission date and materials required at http://jasna.org/agms/cleveland/call-for-papers.html.

And don’t forget, CLEVELAND ROCKS!

 

The JASNA SW 3rd Annual Filmmakers Contest Ends November 1

JASNA, in collaboration with JASNA Southwest, is proud to present submissions to the 3nd Annual Young Filmmakers Contest are now open.

The contest is open to high school, undergraduate, and graduate level students. Per the entry form, ”If you are graduating in spring 2019 but were a student during the 2018-19 academic year, you are still eligible.”

The film must be five minutes or less and the entry is free.

Additional information provided by the contest:

AWARDS: Judges will select up to three winners. A “crowd favorite” award
will be bestowed on the favorite submission selected by JASNA Southwest members.

WINNERS WILL RECEIVE:

  • Cash prize ($250 for first place; $100 for second place; $50 for third
    place)
  • One-year free membership in JASNA
  •  Screening at JASNA Southwest regional meeting
  • Screening of the winning videos on the JASNA and/or JASNA Southwest website and our YouTube channel

For more information, visit the JASNA SW website or download the entry form here.

SUBMIT ENTRY FORM ALONG WITH COMPLETED FILM TO: JASNA 2019 Young Filmmakers Contest • jasnasw@jasnasw.com.

Contest ends November 1, 2019.