The Burney Society (North America) Virtual Zoom Conference:

Re-reading, Re-viewing, and Re-assessing the Burneys 5-7 July 2021


Over three days, with between three and four hours each day of Zoom-time, the Burney Society will be offering an exciting program of talks on Frances Burney and the Burney Family. Francesca Saggini (Edinburgh) will present a talk, “Of Spectacles, Balloons, and a Mulberry Tree: Reading Frances Burney Against the Grain,” our Founder Paula Stepankowsky will review the history and accomplishments of our Society, and thirteen Burney scholars, both established and emerging, will share new insights on panels titled “Re-assessing Frances Burney and Burney Criticism,” “Other Burneys,” “Charles Burney and Music,” and “Re-viewing Burneys through New Lenses.”

Registration for Burney Society UK Members: Conference registration $10 via PayPal.

They are asking all interested members to register in advance before June 30th by paying $10 USD. As usual, all attendees must be members of either the Burney Society of North American or the Burney Society UK. Please use the North American Society Membership link below, although Burney Society UK members only need to complete their personal details and pay the $10 Conference fee, as their UK membership is valid for this conference.  For the membership form which includes Conference registration please use the link below:

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or the North American Burney Society at:

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Conference Schedule

Monday, 5 July 2021 (4 hours, with breaks)

11:00 am- 12:00 pm EDT Welcome and Opening Plenary: Francesca Saggini, Edinburgh, “Of Spectacles, Balloons, and a Mulberry Tree: Reading Frances Burney Against the Grain”

12:00 pm -12:30 pm EDT Informal meet-and-greet

12:30-2:00 pm EDT 1. Re-assessing Frances Burney and Burney Criticism

  1. Tara G. Wallace, George Washington University (Emeritus), “Collusion!: 50 years of Editorial and Critical Collaboration”
  2. Alex Pitofsky, Appalachian State University, “The Violent Episodes in Evelina: A Reconsideration” 3. Jodi Wyett, Xavier University, “Ecumenical Burney?: Frances Burney, Feminism, and Catholic Tolerance”

2:00 pm-2:15 pm EDT Informal meet-and-greet

2:15- pm-3:00 pm EDT Plenary: Founding President Paula Stepankowsky: “The History, Mission, and Accomplishments of The Burney Society”

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Tuesday, 6 July 2021 (3.5 hours, with breaks) 11:30 am-1:15 pm EDT

Other Burneys

  1. Sophie Coulombeau, University of York, “‘Evelina is in Aberdeen’: Charles Burney Jr. in Scotland, 1778-1781”
  2. Geoffrey Sill, Rutgers University-Camden (Emeritus), “Midshipman Burney and the ‘Severities’ of a Sea Education”
  3. Teri Doerksen, “Man Traps and Marriage Marts: Humanizing the Material and Objectifying the Human in Edward Francis Burney’s Satirical Regency Watercolors”
  4. Danielle Grover, Independent Scholar, “Black and White Singing: The Relationship Between Music, Social Class and the ‘Other’ in Sarah Harriet Burney’s novels”

Off-line Break: 1:15-2:00 PM EDT 2:00-3:00 pm EDT

Charles Burney and Music

  1. Devon Nelson, “The Role of Burney’s Antiquarian Tour Guides in the Creation of his General History of Music”
  2. Morton Wan, “‘To Satisfy the University of My Abilities to Write in Many Parts’: Charles Burney’s Doctoral Exercise as Institutional Critique”

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Wednesday, 7 July 2021 (3 hours) 1:00-2:30 pm EDT

Re-viewing Burneys Through New Lenses

  1. Alicia Kerfoot, SUNY-Brockport, “Stitching with Burney: Needlework, Material Culture Studies, and The Court Journals and Letters”
  2. Trudie Messent, Independent Researcher, “Court Vacation Summer 1789: The Court Journals and Letters of Frances Burney Explored Through Maps and Prints”
  3. Kirsten Hall, The University of Texas at Austin, “Mock-Heroic Manqué in the Novels of Frances Burney”Svetlana Kochkina, McGill University Library, “Exploring Burney’s Court Years with Network Analysis Methods and DH Tools”

2:45-3:30 pm EDT 7. Annual Business Meeting for all members (including those not attending the conference)

3:30 pm-4:00 pm EDT Please linger with your refreshment of choice to socialize.

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Montreal Conference Papers from Burney Society UK Committee members include the Featured Plenary by Prof. Francesca Saggini, and papers by Sophie Coulombeau and Trudie Messent.

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Burney Society UK Conference June 11 -14 June 2022

This is planned for Saturday 11th  to Tuesday 14th June 2022 in London, to correspond with the twentieth anniversary of the unveiling of the stained-glass window to commemorate Frances Burney in Westminster Abbey.  Delegates who arrive in London on Friday 10th June may wish to join us for an informal dinner prior to the conference. On Monday 13 June we will visit Westminster Abbey for a commemoration of the Frances Burney window and Evensong, for those who wish to remain. We also plan to visit the library of St Bride’s Foundation, which houses the important catalogue listing which Simon Macdonald used to confirm Elizabeth Meeke as a Burney.

We hope to arrange two separate additional visits in the week following the conference as optional extras which may be of interest to Burney members, such as to Chawton House, and to the Weymouth area to trace Frances Burney’s 1789 journey as attendant to Queen Charlotte.  Details will be made available closer to the date. 

It would be extremely helpful for our planning process if people interested in this conference would email us with a no commitment statement of possible attendance, including whether you require London accommodation, via


 Past Burney Society UK  Conferences 

Burney Society (UK) 2019 Conference 

We would like to thank Dr Cassie Ulph who organized our 2019 Conference at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln and all our speakers, particularly our Keynote Speakers, Professor Lorna Clark (Carleton University, Canada) and Dr. Gillian Dow (University of Southampton). The Keynotes and panels are listed below. The Conference is reported in our Autumn 2019 Newsletter . 

2019 CONFERENCE REPORT by Montana Davies-Shuck

2019 CONFERENCE REPORT by Trudie Messent

2019 Conference: ‘Locating the Burneys: from the Margins to the Mainstream’. Bishop Grosseteste University,  Lincoln, 30 July-1 August 

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Gillian Dow, University of Southampton and Prof. Lorna Clark, Carleton University, Canada.

Tuesday 30 July 

10:15-11:30: Panel 1 Marriage and Property

  1. Cleo O’Callaghan Yeoman (University of Edinburgh), ‘Marriage as the new mainstream: Evelina and the Bluestockings’
  2. Beth Cortese (Aarhus University), ‘Novel Developments: Frances Burney and the rise of the Heiress Novel’

11:30-13:00: Panel 2 Identities

  1. Montana Davies-Shuck (Northumbria University), ‘Marginalised Identities: Madame Duval and the physical representation of hostility to foppish bodies’
  2. Marie Egan (DCU Dublin), ‘In Frances Burney’s Bad Books’
  3. Gina Maddison (Coleg Llandrillo University Centre, Grwp Llandrillo Menai), ‘What’s in a name? Identity through First Names in Frances Burney’s Novels’

 12.45 -13:45: Lunch

 13:45 -14:45Keynote 1 Professor Lorna Clark (Carleton University), ‘Progress of a Heroine:  From the Margins to the Mainstream with Frances Burney’

14:45 -15:00: Coffee Break

15:00-16:00: Panel 3 Burneys and Beyond: New Directions and Connections

  1. Lucy-Anne Katgely (Université de Strasbourg), ‘Aspiring Burneys: Anonymous Novelists on the Margins of Literary Fame’
  2. Francesca Saggini (Università degli Studi della Tuscia), ‘Frances Burney and the Muses: a new contribution to Burney Studies’

 16:00-17:15: Break; check-in to accommodation

17:15-19:00: Entertainment and Drinks Reception

19:00: Conference Dinner (optional)

Wednesday 31 July

9:00-9:15: Coffee Break

9:15-10:15: Keynote 2 Dr Gillian Dow (University of Southampton), ‘« Des riens, sans consequence, et sans interet » : Some Things of Interest in Frances Burney’s French Journals’

10:15 – 11:15: Panel 4: Edward Francisco Burney, Man of Mystery

  1. Miriam Al Jamil (Birkbeck College, London), ‘Frances, Edward Francisco and the Portrait Conspiracy’
  2. Cassie Ulph (Bishop Grosseteste University), ‘Locating Edward Burney’s “Death of Major Peirson”‘

11:15 -11:30: Coffee Break

11:30-13:00: Panel 5 Public and Private Spaces

  1. Gillian Russell (University of York), ‘Locating Frances Burney at the trial of Warren Hastings: the Evidence of Tickets’
  2. Karen Lipsedge (Kingston University), ‘Evelina, the Dressing-Room, and a Heroine’s Movement from the Margins to the Centre’                  

13:00-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:30 Roundtable: Living memory? The challenge of heritage without a house. Gillian Dow (Associate Prof. in English, University of Southampton; former director of Chawton House Library); Katherine Fennelly (architectural historian and post-medieval archaeologist, University of Lincoln); Claudia Capancioni (Senior Lecturer, BGU); Miriam Al Jamil (Chair, Burney Society UK)

 15:30 – 15:45 : Coffee

15:45 – 17:00: Burney Society UK AGM – all welcome

Thursday 1 August Optional outing: Lincoln Castle, including wall walk, Victorian Prison and the Magna Carta.* Leaving BGU at 10:00 (on foot; transport available on request). Delegates wishing to join a group visit to Lincoln Castle should email by Wednesday 24 July. Entrance fee is applicable (£14/£11.50 Concessions): a group discount is dependent on minimum numbers.

Alternatively, delegates are welcome to explore uphill Lincoln on their own. Joint tickets for the Castle and Cathedral (£18/15 Concessions) are available from both venues and from the tourist information office in Castle Square. You can join the group leaving from BGU, or make your own way.

*The conference coincides with the display in the Magna Carta vault of a first edition of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Through the Looking Glass’ (1871), gifted by the author to Alfred Lord Tennyson.                            


2016: Our conference was held at St Chad’s College, Durham, and our theme was ‘Burney and Popular Entertainments: the business of pleasure in Late-Georgian Britain’. (For 2016 Conference Summary CLICK HERE)

2013: Our conference was held at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, and our theme was ‘Education in the Life and Work of Frances Burney and her Family’. It included a day trip to King’s Lynn.

2010: Our conference was held in Paris, where we examined the subject ‘Women under Napoleon’. Our aim was to promote Anglo-French relations and to set Burney’s work in the context of other women writers of the period, both French and English.

2007: The conference in Windsor Castle precincts marked the beginning of the editing of Burney’s Court Journals. A Plaque was unveiled on the Castle walls recording the friendship of Mrs. Delaney and Fanny Burney.

2002: At Westminster we celebrated the 250th anniversary of Burney’s birth, unveiling a window in Poet’s Corner.

2005: In Bath we began with a ceremony following the restoration of the ‘sarcophagus’ in St Swithin’s churchyard  which commemorates Frances Burney d’Arblay and her son Alexander.

2002: At Westminster we celebrated the 250th anniversary of Burney’s birth, unveiling a window in Poet’s Corner.

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