Burney Society UK Conference 2019

Locating the Burneys: from the Margins to the Mainstream.

Conference of the Burney Society (UK) 

Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, 30 July-1 August 2019

Call for Papers

The narrative of the Burney family’s social ascent is a familiar one to scholars of the late eighteenth century. Yet the well-rehearsed tale of Charles Burney’s climb from provincial poverty to relative fame and fortune in London, raising his family into the ranks of the middle classes in the process, conveniently mythologises both the Burneys and the metropolis itself.  This conference will consider how the Burneys and their circle engaged with or constructed narratives of marginality and/or centrality; their relationship to marginal and/or mainstream culture and society; and the imaginative use they made of such categories. Broad interpretations of these concepts are welcomed.

Proposals are invited for 20 minute (max) papers on the theme of ‘Locating the Burneys: from the Margins to the Mainstream’.

Suggested topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Official, professional or establishment identities
  • Social and Cultural identities
  • Geographical margins: within and beyond the Metropolis
  • Literary Genre(s)
  • Moving between the margins and the mainstream
  • Marginal figures
  • Marginalia
  • The Burneys in the Archive
  • Burneys in relation to other authors

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted as an email attachment in MS Word to burneysocietyuk@gmail.com.  You should also include a 250-word biographical statement. Please use your surname as the document title.  The abstract should be in the following format: (1) Title; (2) Presenter(s); (3) Institutional Affiliation, where applicable; (4) Contact email address; (5) Abstract; (6) Biographical Statement.

The deadline for receipt of all proposals is January 31, 2019. We will attempt to notify all correspondents before February 28 regarding the status of their submission.

Conference details.

Practicalities: Bishop Grosseteste University is located close to the historic Cathedral quarter in uphill Lincoln, a picturesque medieval city in the East Midlands accessible by rail and road from all major networks. On-site accommodation will be available at BGU for the duration of the conference. We will be providing more detailed practical information closer to the event, meanwhile further information about the local area can be found at http://www.visitlincoln.com.

Burney Society UK: Annual General Meeting 2018

The 2018 AGM will be held on Saturday 6 October 2018 at Notre Dame University in central London.

AGM Agenda will be posted on this website in advance. Please send any suggested agenda items to burneysocietyuk@gmail.com

Following the AGM a paper will be given by Joseph Morissey, who has just published a book on Women’s Domestic Activity in the Romantic-period Novel: Dangerous Occupations (Palgrave, 2018).  Joseph will be speaking on Burney, taking his theme from the subject of his book.