Academic conferences form an important part of our programme of events. They contribute to scholarly work in the field of women’s writing in English 1600 to 1830, and related topics, and they disseminate the results of the research by selected publication.
We have hosted numerous international conferences which have resulted in significant collections of essays, published with major presses in the UK and USA.
View our diary of forthcoming conferences and seminars
Friday 15th May 2020 to Sunday 17th May 2020
3 days of literary heaven, broadcast direct to your home.
Thursday 13th July 2017 to Saturday 15th July 2017
An international conference at Chawton House Library to mark the bicentenary of the deaths of Jane Austen and Germaine de Staël #AustenStaël
Friday 2nd June 2017 to Sunday 4th June 2017
Bricks, Shelves, Books & People. Building for the Future as an Independent Library.
Saturday 25th February 2017
A one-day conference focusing on women writers as art critics in the late Georgian and early Victorian period.
Friday 14th October 2016 to Saturday 15th October 2016
210 years after Charlotte Smith’s death, exploring the latest research on Smith and her places.
Saturday 23rd July 2016
The part women have played in constructing Shakespeare’s reputation and ensuring his ongoing fame.
Thursday 7th July 2016
An overview of Lennox’s career, particularly her ground-breaking study of Shakespeare’s source material.
Friday 13th May 2016 to Saturday 14th May 2016
Marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë, one of England’s most beloved authors.
Wednesday 16th September 2015 to Thursday 17th September 2015
Her life and works, reception in England, and contribution to the novel in the 18th century.
Saturday 5th September 2015
Twenty years on, a day of talks to celebrate and commemorate this landmark in television history.
Novel Approaches: The Language of Women’s Fiction, 1750-1830
24th to 25th February 2012
Co-hosted by the Department of Linguistics, University of Liverpool and SCECS, University of Southampton
New Directions in Austen Studies, a bicentennial conference to commemorate Jane Austen’s move to the village of Chawton in 2009
9th to 11th July 2009
Co-hosted by CHL and SCECS.
Selected articles resulting from papers presented at this conference can be found online, as a special issue of the Jane Austen Society of North America’s journal Persuasions On-Line edited by Gillian Dow and Susan Allen Ford.
‘Readers, Writers, Salonnieres’
Selected papers from this conference, co-organised by the Universities of Southampton, Swansea, and Warwick, were included in a special issue of the journal Women’s Writing in 2011, Women Readers in Europe: Readers, Writers, Salonnieres edited by Katherine Astbury, Hilary Brown and Gillian Dow, and in Readers, Writers, Salonnieres: Female Networks in Europe edited by Hilary Brown and Gillian Dow.
Imagining Transatlantic Slavery
16th to 17th March 2007
A two-day conference co-organised by the Library and the University of Southampton.
Collectors & Collecting: Private collections & their role in libraries
19th to 20th July 2007
Mary & Elizabeth: Partners both in throne and grave
10th to 12th September 2007
Remapping Austen: Jane Austen in Europe and Beyond
8th November 2007
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Study Day on Jane Austen and Contemporary Culture
Several edited collections of essays resulted from this activity: Imagining Transatlantic Slavery, edited by Cora Kaplan and John Oldfield; Tudor Queenship: The Reigns of Mary and Elizabeth, edited by Alice Hunt and Anna Whitelock; and Uses of Austen: Jane’s Afterlives, edited by Gillian Dow and Clare Hanson.
‘Wild Irish Girls’
A bicentenary conference to mark the publication of Sydney Owenson’s The Wild Irish Girl and Maria Edgeworth’s Leonora
Both conferences were jointly organised by Chawton House Library and the department of English at the University of Southampton.