JASA’s weekend conference is usually held at a country venue (Bowral, Leura, Mittagong) or in the nation’s capital, Canberra. The conference is designed around formal lectures on a particular theme or Austen novel. Lunch, morning and afternoon teas, are included in the conference registration fee payable to JASA. For weekend conferences members book their own accommodation, using the special, discounted JASA conference packages. This event is always very popular and features international speakers as well as noted Australian scholars.
This is a very special event in the JASA calendar. It allows members to indulge in an entire weekend of Jane Austen learning, laughter and friendship. It provides the opportunity to really get to know other members of the society, to exchange ideas, watch film extracts and to explore the life and works of Jane Austen more fully.
My favourite JASA function is the Weekend Conference. I really like the relaxed atmosphere at a low-key but functionally good location, where we have time to meet new JASA people and also to listen to top-class presentations and participate in discussions about the theme topic.