Call for Papers

The Greater Louisville Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA-GL) invites proposals for breakout sessions related to the conference theme of “Living in Jane Austen’s World.”

This theme allows for a wide variety of subjects to be explored during the conference.  Possible breakout sessions could range from a narrow, single topic, such as entertainments during the period, to fashion, food, philosophy, religion, or theatre.  Broader topics could include how life was lived in the England of Jane Austen’s time as compared to her former colony “across the pond.”  Another comparison could discuss the differences in daily living between the classes in England at the time or the difference between how daily life and global events were reflected in Austen’s writings.  There is an almost endless list of topics that could be covered in relation to the Georgian/ Regency time period.  All of these areas reflect the changing society in which Austen lived and provide the framework for understanding the importance of her works in her own time and discovering modern parallels which make her work pertinent today.  We hope speakers will elicit excitement in their presentations with a balance that will appeal to both scholars and any well-informed Janeite interested in learning more about England and her Empire during Austen’s lifetime.

JASNA-GL invites participatory breakout sessions as well as traditional lectures that are presented in an interesting manner with the least amount of jargon.  Breakout speakers should plan presentations of no more than 40 minutes in length, in order to accommodate an ample question-answer period and movement to the next session in a timely fashion.  Audio-visual equipment will be available only for those presentations that rely crucially on sound and/or images.  Your one-page proposal should include an abstract of your presentation, including a description of its format.  If you anticipate using AV equipment, please specify which and explain why it is essential.  Along with your proposal, please submit a cover letter with your name, affiliation, mail and e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, and a brief biography.  Identify any former AGMs you have addressed.  Electronic submissions are preferred.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 31, 2014.  Submissions should be sent to:

Jacqueline F. Johnson
Indiana University Southeast Library
4201 Grant Line Road
New Albany IN 47150
(812) 941-2552