Information on our July 2019 Conference in Lincoln is now available on the 2019 Conference side button.

Past Conference – 2016 Conference: Popular Entertainments

The final programme for the 2016 ‘Popular Entertainments’ Conference was as follows:

Monday 4 July 9.00-9.30 Registration; Welcome.

Panel 1: 9.30-11.15

  1. Eva LIPPOLD (Loughborough University). “Most women have no character at all”: The Witlings and the Representation of Intellectual Women on Stage
  2. Anna Paluchowska-Messing (Jagiellonian University, Krakow). The Two Belles. On Frances Burney and Hannah Cowley
  3. Mascha HANSEN (University of Greifswald). Public Entertainment, Private Inspiration: Frances Burney and William Shakespeare
  4. Michelle JACOBSON (University of Michigan). Evelina as Playwright

11.15-11.30 Coffee break

Panel 2: 11.30-13.00pm

  1. Marie EGAN (Mater Dei Institute of Education, DCU). Unmasking Masquerades: Appearance and Reality in Cecilia
  2. Louise BRAY (University of Bristol). Masqueraders and Mentors: The Use of Amusements in Frances ‘Fanny’ Burney’s Cecilia and Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire’s The Sylph
  3. Kelly FLEMING (University of Virginia). The Agonies of the Accessory in Frances Burney’s Cecilia

13.00-14.00 Lunch

Panel 3: 14.00-15.30

  1. Ashley L. COHEN (Georgetown University). The “Black-hole” in Ranelagh? Evelina, Popular Entertainments, and Empire
  2. Anna DONOVAN (University of Limerick), “Surely you can have no doubts of my honour?” – Public Spaces as sites of violation in Evelina and Camilla
  3. Anne-Claire MICHOUX (University of Neuchâtel). ‘On the rack to give entertainment to others’: the dark side of the business of pleasure

16.00- Rehearsed reading from Love and Fashion

17.00-18.30 – drinks reception


Tuesday 5 July

Panel 4: 9-10.45

  1. Lorna CLARK (Carleton University). Burney Family Juvenilia: a Culture of Performance
  2. Stephen A. WILLIER (Boyer College of Music, Temple University, Philadelphia). Fanny Burney and the Castrato
  3. Nicola PRITCHARD-PINK (Independent Scholar). The experience of domestic singing for the gentleman’s daughter, 1770-1830
  4. Simone LAGHI (University of Cardiff). The domestic music entertainment in Late-Georgian England: the String Quartet as an Allegory of the Society

10.45-11 Coffee break

Panel 5: 11.00-12.00

  1. Sophie COULOMBEAU (University of Cardiff). ‘Evelina is in Aberdeen’: Charles Burney Jr. in Scotland, 1778-1781
  2. Elaine BANDER (Dawson College, Montreal and The Burney Society, North America). “The Astronomical Muse”: Dr. Burney and Astronomy

12.00-13.00 Plenary: Professor Harriet Guest (University of York)

13.00-14.00 Lunch

Panel 6: 14.00-15.15

  1. Beth KOWALESKI WALLACE (Boston College). “I will wear my heart upon my sleeve”: Performative Anxiety in Camilla
  2. Barbara WITUKI (Utica College, NY). The Noble Virgin and Burney’s Eugenia

6.30 PM: Conference Dinner (optional) including talk by Karin Fernald. Fanny Burney and The Witlings.


Wednesday 6 July

9.00- 15.00 Outing to Gibside Pleasure Garden – transport provided (optional; coaches return to Durham Station by 3pm)



‘Burney and Popular Entertainments: the business of pleasure in Late-Georgian Britain’ (4-6 July 2016, St Chad’s College, Durham). Please see the ‘Conference Information’ post for all information about the conference.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Durham Student Theatre will no longer be able to stage a performance of ‘Love and Fashion’, as had been planned. However, the performance will be replaced with a rehearsed reading. We apologise for any disappointment caused.