20th Annual General Meeting of the Burney Centre 2014

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  • The Bur­ney Soci­ety of North Amer­ica will hold its 20th AGM and con­fer­ence in Mon­tréal, Que­bec, Canada on Octo­ber 9 – 10, 2014, at Montréal’s McCord Museum of His­tory, just before the open­ing of the 2014 Annual Gen­eral Meet­ing of the Jane Austen Soci­ety of North Amer­ica, with a din­ner at The Atwa­ter Club on Thurs­day evening.

    Ple­nary speak­ers will be Prof. Misty Ander­son (Uni­ver­sity of Ten­nessee) and Prof. Juliet McMas­ter (Uni­ver­sity of Alberta).

    Con­fer­ence Theme

    To treat any object, work or prod­uct ‘as’ per­for­mance — a paint­ing, a novel, a shoe, or any­thing at all — means to inves­ti­gate what the object does, how it inter­acts with other objects or beings, and how it relates to other objects or beings. Per­for­mances exist only as actions, inter­ac­tions and rela­tion­ships — Richard Schechner

    Per­for­mance stud­ies is an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary field of inquiry that posits that every human action or event can be exam­ined in light of the ele­ments that cre­ate it and the effect it has on par­tic­i­pants and wit­nesses. In addi­tion to the usual things we con­sider “per­for­mance” (the­atri­cal works, dance, musi­cal recitals, etc.), acts and events as var­i­ous as the War­ren Hast­ings Trial, atten­dance at Ranalegh, and even the oper­at­ing table can be under­stood as con­tain­ing per­for­ma­tive ele­ments wor­thy of examination.

    In the eigh­teenth cen­tury, few authors’ sur­viv­ing bod­ies of life and work pro­vide a richer field of pos­si­ble sites for the study of per­for­mance than that of Frances Bur­ney and her fam­ily. Grow­ing up in a fam­ily of ambi­tious musi­cians, drama­tists, well-​traveled mem­oirists, and a schoolmaster/​priest, Bur­ney her­self grew up keenly aware of her every act and how it might be viewed.

    With this in mind, the Bur­ney Soci­ety invites sub­mis­sions on any aspect of France Bur­ney or her family’s life or work in the con­text of per­for­mance, includ­ing papers that focus on Bur­ney in con­junc­tion with her contemporaries.

    Con­fer­ence Topics

    Pos­si­ble papers could assess:

    • the per­for­ma­tive nature of the jour­nals and life-​writing
    • prefa­tory and other mate­r­ial as per­for­mances of authorship
    • rit­u­als and var­i­ous man­nered per­for­mances of the Court years
    • ele­ments of per­for­mance in the novels
    • Charles Burney’s career as organ­ist or as pro­ducer of the­atri­cal adaptations
    • Charles Bur­ney Jr.‘s careers as school­mas­ter and priest
    • Susan Burney’s notes on the per­for­mance careers of many friends of the Bur­ney family

    Abstract Submission

    Please send one-​page pro­pos­als for papers and pan­els to Emily Fried­man. Please men­tion any audio/​visual require­ments in the pro­posal, explain­ing why they are nec­es­sary. (Note that it may not be pos­si­ble to pro­vide such ser­vices.) Sub­mis­sions from grad­u­ate stu­dents are espe­cially wel­come. Par­tic­i­pants will be noti­fied by August 1, 2014.

    It is not nec­es­sary to be a mem­ber of the Bur­ney Soci­ety to sub­mit a pro­posal, but pre­sen­ters at the Con­fer­ence must be members.

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