Papers might address the following topics:

Theater and the City                                                                                Art and the City

Material Culture and the City                                                               Performance and the City

Gender and Urban Spaces                                                                      Gender and the media

Women and Celebrity in the City                                                        The City versus the Country

Sex and the City/Sexuality and the City                                             Politics and the City

The City and the Empire                                                                        Fashion in the City/ Fashioning the City

Travel and Transportation and the City                                             Technologies of the City

Race and the City                                                                                     Servants/Invisible Citizens of the City

Temptation and the City                                                                        Music and the City

The City and the Archive/the City as Archive                                  Madness and the City

We also welcome abstracts for papers not related to the conference theme. 

We invite you to send 1-2 page abstracts or panel proposals, specifying equipment needs, to Laura Engel ( and Marilyn Francus ( by May 15, 2017.

Papers might address (but are not restricted to) the following topics:

Place in Frances Burney's Works (City, Country; Interiors; event spaces; effect of place on character)
Place in the Burney Family (Charles Burney in London Society; James Burney at Sea; Susanna in Ireland; etc.)
Critical Placement of Frances Burney by her Peers or Critics
Frances Burney's Placement in the Canon and Curriculum
Charles Burney's Placement in London Society and Meritocracy

James Burney and Geography

The Social Placement of the Burney Family

Please note all presenters must be members of the Burney Society. 

The Burney Society consists of professional academics, independent scholars, and serious lay readers familiar with the works of the Burney family. We encourage papers that present new research with fresh insights presented in lively language, and that assume audience familiarity with major texts. We are particularly welcoming to young scholars.

Plenary Lecture by Professor Linda Zionkowski, Ohio University

The Aphra Behn Society for Women and the Arts invites papers from a wide variety of disciplines including but not limited to Literature, History, Art History, Music History, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Women and Gender Studies.

Plenary Lecture by Professor Kristina Straub, Carnegie Mellon University

We invite you to send 1-2 page proposals for twenty minute talks that explore the Burneys and place, broadly construed, accompanied by a cover letter which includes a 50-word biographical statement and, if necessary, a justification of A/V support, to Kate Hamilton ( by May 15, 2017



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