Past conferences

2024 - Mr Collins' Profession: Jane Austen and the Church
Day conference held 11 May, at the Epping Club, Sydney.

Full list of papers:

  • Why Mr Collins?: The church and clergy in Jane Austen’s novels – Brenda S. Cox
  • Have you seen the new vicar? Visual representations of clergy in the time of Jane Austen – Anne Harbers
  • Sermons and devotional literature in Jane Austen’s novels – Roslyn Russell
  • ‘How could you be so unfeeling?’: Moral encounter and its counterfeits in Jane Austen’s later fiction – Scott Stephens
  • ‘Her parish and her poultry’: The lives of clergymen’s wives in Austen’s world – Brenda S. Cox

Papers will be published in Sensibilities 69 (December 2024).

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2023 - Celebrating Sense and Sensibility

Weekend conference held 7-9 July, at Pavilion on Northbourne, Canberra.

Full list of papers:

  • ‘Elinor Dashwood the Artist: Drawing and Perception in Sense and Sensibility‘ — Yvonne Petry
  • ‘The Many Duels of Sense and Sensibility‘ — Susannah Fullerton
  • ‘The Changing Times of Austen’s England’ — Gary Diver
  • Sense and Sensibility: Bodies and the Weather’ — Amelia Dale
  • ‘The Three Johns’
    • Sir John Middleton — Amanda Jones
    • John Dashwood — Ruth Williamson
    • John Willoughby — Susannah Fullerton
  • ‘Pen Portraits: Sense and Sensibility in the 1890s’ — Ruth Williamson
  • ‘Reversal of Fortunes: Daily Life and the Material Circumstances of the Dashwood Women’ — Yvonne Petry
  • ‘Mirrors of their Parents: The Children of Sense and Sensibility‘ — Lesley Rickman
  • ‘The Power of the Purse Strings’ — Pamela Whalan

Papers published in Sensibilities 67 (December 2023).

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2022 - Mansfield Park: The challenging novel **VIDEOS AVAILABLE**

Day conference held 16 July, at the Epping Club, Sydney.

Some of the presentations were recorded and are available online – access can be purchased for $40. Please contact the JASA Treasurer on treasurer@jasa.com.au. (Access is free to those who attended the conference.)

Papers published in Sensibilities 65 (December 2022):

  • ‘Conspicuous Waist’, or ‘The Despots of Elegance’: Men’s Fashion 1715-1910 – Peter McNeil
  • Fanny Price’s Health – Melissa Kang
  • To Act or Not to Act: That is the Question (including a scene from Lovers’ Vows) – Katrina Clifford
  • The Mansfield Park Quartet – Harriet Jordan
  • Landscape in Mansfield Park From Novel to Screen – Victoria Bladen

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2019 - Jane Austen and Art

Day conference held 29 June, at the Epping Club, Sydney.

Papers published in Sensibilities 59 (December 2019):

  • Johan Zoffany: ‘the Jane Austen of English Art’? – Stephen Foster
  • Drawing Lessons for Young Ladies – Suzi Chosid
2018 - Persuasion: Piercing Souls for 200 years

Weekend conference held 6-8 July, at Pavilion on Northbourne, Canberra.

Papers published in Sensibilities 57 (December 2018):

  • “Irish I dare say”: Satire in Persuasion – Jocelyn Harris
  • Money Lost and Money Found in Persuasion – Sheryl Craig
  • Jane Austen’s Sailor Brothers – Karin Fernald
  • Sir Walter Elliot: The Constant Reader – Susannah Fullerton
  • The Actual and Virtual Letters of Persuasion – Ruth Williamson
2016 - Northanger Abbey

Day conference held 12 March, at the Epping Club, Sydney.

Papers published in Sensibilities 52 (June 2016):

  • ‘To read novels together’: Catherine Morland’s Reading Tastes in Northanger Abbey – Elaine Bander
  • Catherine Morland: Philosopher – Elaine Bander
  • Three Young Men
    • John Thorpe – Amanda Jones
    • Frederick Tilney – Lorraine O’Brien
    • James Morland – Malvina Yock
  • New Guides to Bath: Society and Scene in Northanger Abbey – Judy Stove
2015 - Emma: 200 Years of Perfection

Weekend conference held 3-5 July, in Canberra.

Papers published in Sensibilities 51 (December 2015):

  • The Pleasures (and Challenges) of Teaching Emma -Barbara Seeber
  • Emma and Mr Knightley as Lovers: Keeping Secrets and Telling Tales – David Norton
  • Miss Bates: A Medley in Three Parts – David Norton
  • Emma‘s Speakers and Austen’s Word Games – Sayre Greenfield
  • What to Make of Frank Churchill – Linda Troost
2014 - Mansfield Park: The Controversial Novel

Day conference held 12 July, at the Epping Club, Sydney.

Papers published in Sensibilities 49 (December 2014):

  • Mansfield Park-The Controversial Novel – Susannah Fullerton
  • The Displacement of Fanny Price – John Wiltshire
  • Conduct in Mansfield Park – Jan Merriman
  • The Elephant in the Room: Slavery and Mansfield Park – Joanna Penglase
  • Sex, Self and Society in Mansfield Park – Giulia Giuffre
  • Fanny Price in the Garden – Damon Young
2013 - Pride and Prejudice: 200 Glorious years

Weekend conference held 26-28 July, at Rydges Capital Hotel, Canberra.

Papers published in Sensibilities 47 (December 2013):

  • North to Pemberley – Hazel Jones
  • The Marriages in Pride and Prejudice – Hazel Jones
  • Reading Pride and Prejudice from Afar: Alberta H Burke and American Reception of Austen – Juliette Wells
  • The Afterlives of Mary Bennet – Juliette Wells
2012 - Jane Austen and the Theatre

Day conference held 7 July, at the Epping Club, Sydney.

Papers published in Sensibilities 45 (December 2012):

  • The Theatre and Actors of Jane Austen’s Time: what did she see, what did she enjoy? – Penny Gay
  • When Jane Met William: dialogues between Austen and Shakespeare – Victoria Bladen
  • Eleanor Holmes Hinkley’s ‘Lost’ Play, Dear Jane-. Jane Austen in the theatre – Russell Clark and William Phillips
  • Adapting Austen’s Novels for the Stage – Additions, Omissions and Essentials – Pamela Whalan
  • ‘The business of finding a play that would suit everybody’ – Penny Gay
2011 - Sense and Sensibility

Day conference held 2 July, at the Epping Club, Sydney.

Papers published in Sensibilities 43 (December 2011):

  • Sense and Sensibility – a conversation – Tegan Bennett Daylight
  • Dashwood Celebrity – Janine Barchas
  • Marriage in Sense and Sensibility – Hazel Jones
  • An assessment of Sense and Sensibility, the mini-series of 1981 – Ruth Williamson
  • Emma Thompson’s Sense and Sensibility. purloining Jane Austen’s creation and adding things of her own – Teresa Grace
  • A Sense and Sensibility for the 21st Century – Pamela Whalan
2010 - Jane Austen and the Regency

Weekend conference held 6-8 July, at the Marque Hotel, Canberra.

Papers published in Sensibilities 41 (December 2010):

  • Sanditon and the Regency – Susannah Fullerton
  • Persuasion and the Regency – Joanna Penglase
  • Rakes, Rattles and the Regency: Austen’s Bad Boys
    • Introduction – Sarah Ailwood
    • Willoughby and Wickham: The Appeal of a Bad Boy – Marilyn Steven
    • Henry Crawford: ‘Subde, False and Treacherous’ – Anna Steele
    • Sir Thomas Bertram: Still Climbing the Greasy Pole? – Bill Coote
  • Mansfield Park and the Regency – Joanna Penglase
  • Emma and the Regency – Susannah Fullerton
2009 - Jane Austen and Chawton

Day conference held 26 September, at the Epping Club, Sydney.

Papers published in Sensibilities 39 (December 2009):

  • President’s Introduction & Welcome – Susannah Fullerton
  • Chawton 1809-2009: Jane Austen’s Return to a Hampshire Village – Gillian Dow
  • Jane Austen’s Reading and the 18th Century Woman Writer – Gillian Dow
  • The Church of St Nicholas, Chawton – Paul Henningham
  • Chawton Cottage – the interior – Sibylle Burkart
  • The Garden at Chawton Cottage – Dianne Speakman
  • Jane Austen’s Neighbours at Chawton – Catherine Barker
2008 - Persuasion

Weekend conference held 11-13 July, in the Hunter Valley.

Papers published in Sensibilities 37 (December 2008):

  • The Manuscript of Persuasion – Jocelyn Harris
  • Who’s Most to Blame?
    • Lady Russell on Trial – Ruth Williamson
    • Sir Walter through the Looking Glass – Teresa Grace
    • Mr Elliot – Susannah Fullerton
  • The City and the Country in Persuasion on Film – Sayre Greenfield and Linda Troost
  • There’s Something About Mary – Linda Troost
  • Alias Mrs Smith – Sayre Greenfield
  • ‘Talking of … Lord Byron’: Jane Austen Responds to the Byronic Hero – Sarah Ailwood
  • Domestic Virtues? Homelessness and Men in Persuasion – Sarah Ailwood
2007 - Jane Austen at the Movies

Day conference held 1 September, at the Northside Conference Centre, Sydney.

Papers published in Sensibilities 35 (December 2007):

  • Welcome to the Conference – Susannah Fullerton
  • Becoming Elizabeth – Elizabeth Garvie
  • Q&A with Elizabeth Garvie – Elizabeth Garvie
  • Critics Forum – Various
  • An Austen Dialogue – Jon Spence and Susannah Fullerton
  • Jane Austen versus the Corporations – Andrew and Gina Macdonald
2006 - Mansfield Park: The Controversial Novel

Weekend conference held 5-7 May, at Monte Pio Resort, Maitland.

Papers published in Sensibilities 32 (June 2006):

  • Postcolonial Jane??? – Deirdre David
  • Tradition and the Individual Talent: Jane Austen and Mansfield Park – John Richetti
  • Does Fanny ‘Make’ the Place or Does the Place ‘Make’ Fanny? – Barbara Britton Wenner
  • Pug – Susannah Fullerton
  • The Importance of Being Edmund: names in Mansfield Park – John Wiltshire
  • Portsmouth: Confinement and Escape – Barbara Britton Wenner
  • Fanny Price – Charlotte Brontë
2005 - Jane Austen's Men

Day conference held 23 July, at the Australian Maritime Museum, Sydney.

Papers published in Sensibilities 31 (December 2005):

  • St George and the Dandy in Jane Austen’s Emma – Joseph A Kestner
  • The Men in the Background – Pamela Whalan
  • Who Is Henry Tilney and Why Do We Love Him? – Harriet Veitch
  • Introducing Mr Woodhouse – Susannah Fullerton
  • In Defence of Colonel Brandon – Robyn Williams
2004 - Pride and Prejudice: The Favourite Novel

Weekend conference held 23-25 July, at Monte Pio Resort, Maitland.

Papers published in Sensibilities 29 (December 2004):

  • ‘A critique on Walter Scott, or the history of Buonaparte’: What on earth was Jane Austen thinking of? – Jocelyn Harris
  • Little Things Mean a Lot; or Why Our 10th Re-reading of Pride and Prejudice Still Surprises Us – Joan Ray
  • Pride and Prejudice: The Favourite Novel?’ – Iain Topliss
  • ‘Such a man as Darcy’: masculinity in transition in Pride and Prejudice – Sarah Ailwood
2003 - Jane Austen and Happiness

Day conference held 19 July, at the Australian Maritime Museum, Sydney.

Papers published in Sensibilities 27 (December 2003):

  • Happiness Robin Grove
  • Bring in the Clowns: The Comedic Monologues and Dialogues of Austen’s Fiction, or How Austen Keeps her Audience Laughing – Laurie Kaplan
  • Land Reform in Jane Austen’s Time: Will Enclosure Make the Clergy Happy? – Celia A Easton
  • Enclosure in Practice: Emma‘s Highbury – Bertha McKenzie
  • Working Out a Happy Conclusion: Mansfield Park & the Revision of King Lear – Susan Allen Ford
2001 - Jane Austen and Love

Day conference held 14 July, at the Australian Maritime Museum, Sydney.

Papers published in Sensibilities 23 (December 2001):

  • The Doctor is In: How Jane Austen’s Lovers Go from Boys to Men to Boys – Joan Klingel Ray
  • Jane Austen and Adulterv – Susannah Fullerton
  • Falling in Love with Jane: The pleasures and Problems of being an Austen Fan in Australia – Brigid Rooney
2002 - Jane Austen: With regard to Education

Weekend conference held 19-21 July, in Maitland.

Papers published in Sensibilities 25 (December 2002):

  • Jane Austen, Distance Education and the Technology of the Book – George Justice
  • Old Dogs & New Tricks: Austen’s Female Elders – Devoney Looser
  • What did Jane Austen learn from the Theatre – Penny Gay
  • Fair Seed-Time had my Soul: The Romantics at School – William Christie
  • The Effect of Education, I suppose: How the Movies Taught Emma to be Clueless and gave Fanny a Tongue like a Guillotine – William A.Phillips
1999 - Northanger Abbey

Day conference held 31 July, at the Australian Maritime Museum, Sydney.

Papers published in Sensibilities 19 (December 1999):

  • Northanger Abbey: the Gothic and the Real – Alan Dilnot
  • Northanger Abbey and the Theatrical World – A/Prof Penny Gay
  • Desperately Seeking Susan – Dr Jon Spence
  • Jane Austen & the Furniture of Northanger Abbey – Julian Bickersteth

Papers published in Sensibilities 20 (June 2000):

  • Landscape in Northanger Abbey – Prof Christine Alexander
2000 - Jane Austen and Elegance

Weekend conference held 28-30 July, in Leura.

Papers published in Sensibilities 21 (December 2000):

  • Welcome to the JASA Conference – Susannah Fullerton
  • In Search of Elegance – Yvette Field
  • Eating & Entertaining with Elegance – Maggie Lane
  • Not so refined as she ought to have been? – Douglas Murray
  • The Spectacles of Life – Douglas Murray
  • Bath: the Epitome of Elegance – Maggie Lane
1998 - Jane Austen's Families

Weekend conference held 11-13 September, in Leura.

Papers published in Sensibilities 17 (December 1998):

  • Jane Austen’s Clergy Families: Real & Jmagined – Irene Collins
  • ‘All Beer and Roses’: Triumph of Community in Jane Austen – Tom Hoberg
  • Female Work and Work Tools in Jane Austen’s World – Marlene Arditto
  • Jane Austen’s Family of Fiction: From Henry and Eliza to Darcy and Eliza – Prof Joseph Wiesenfarth
  • Jane Austen’s Libraries – Susannah Fullerton
1997 - Mansfield Park

Day conference held 2 August, at the Australian Maritime Museum, Sydney.

Papers published in Sensibilities 15 (December 1997):

  • The Trouble with Fanny Price – Yvette Field
  • Jane Austen, Religion and Mansfield Park – Prof Oliver MacDonagh
  • Jane Austen: Revolutionising Masculinities – Dr Joseph Kestner
  • Quiet Courage: Jane Austen & Fanny Price – Prof Emily Auerbach
1996 (2) - The Art and Artistry of Jane Austen

Weekend conference held 6-8 September, in Wyong.

Papers published in Sensibilities 13 (December 1996):

  • ‘Who can be in doubt of what followed?’ – Dr Inger Thomsen-Brodey
  • Comedies of Mourning in Peter Grimes and Persuasion – A/Prof Tony Cousins
  • Which Father? Religious & Filial Duty in Mansfield Park – Jennifer Evans
  • The Economy of Mansfield Park – Dr Tony Voss
1996 (1) - Jane Austen in Bath

Day conference held 4 May, at the NSW State Library, Sydney.

Papers published in Sensibilities 13 (December 1996):

  • Passing through the Pump Room – Susannah Fullerton
  • Jane Austen’s Characters visit Bath  – A/Prof Penny Gay
  • ‘The Post Office is a Wonderful Establishment’ – Nora Walker
  • Persuasion‘s Family Reunions – A/Prof Penny Gay

Papers published in Sensibilities 14 (June 1997):

  • The Architectural Pleasures of Bath – Mark Broadley
1995 - Emma

Day conference held 6 May, at the NSW State Library, Sydney.

Papers published in Sensibilities 11 (December 1995):

  • Prospect and Perception: Jane Austen & Landscape – Prof Christine Alexander
  • Emma at Donwell: Space & Place in Emma – Dr John Wiltshire
  • The Parson Parade in Jane- Austen’s Novels – Rev Barry Bevis
1994 - Pride and Prejudice

Weekend conference held 16-18 September, in Canberra.

Papers published in Sensibilities 9 (December 1994):

  • The Talkers and Critics of Pride and Preiudice – Prof Juliet McMaster
  • Jane Austen’s Women in Love – Prof Juliet McMaster
  • ‘Waterloo is in Reserve’ – Jane, Thackeray, & the Waterloo Number of Vanity Fair – Prof Rowland McMaster

Papers published in Sensibilities 10 (June 1995):

  • The Accomplished Young Lady – Barbara Palmer
1993 - Fourth conference

Day conference held 7 August, at the NSW State Library, Sydney.

Papers published in Sensibilities 7 (December 1993):

  • Dr Johnson, Jane Austen’s Mentor – Prof Yasmine Gooneratne
  • Effusions of Fancy: Jane Austen’s Juvenilia – Prof Christine Alexander
  • Only Victory in Her:Jane Austen’s Intertextual Confidence – Dr Jocelyn Harris
  • Music in Jane Austen’s Time – Robert Gay
1992 - Third conference

Weekend conference held 15-17 May, in Strathavon, Wyong.

Conference papers published in Sensibilities 6 (June 1993):

  • The Georgian Gentleman – Roy Walker
1991 - Second conference

Weekend conference held 24-26 May, in Strathavon, Wyong.

Conference papers published in Sensibilities 4 (February 1992):

  • ‘I cannot get out’ as the starling said’: The Idea of Freedom in Mansfield Park – Prof Yasmine Gooneratne
  • Here’s Harmony, Here’s Repose: Landscape & Nature in Mansfield Park – Dr Tony Cousins
1990 - First conference

Weekend conference held in August.

Conference papers published in Sensibilities 2 (October 1990):

  • Reading in Pride and Preiudice – Dr Kate Newey
  • Highbury and Chawton – Prof Oliver MacDonagh
  • The Assembly Ball – Janine Flew
  • Debate: ‘Jane Austen is not relevant to the 20th century’ – Nora Walker & Rachel Peterson
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