Seminar on Jane Austen

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India.

Greetings from the Organising Team of the Seminar on Jane Austen, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras! The department is hosting a one-day seminar on Jane Austen, which seeks to explore concepts of gender and class in the narratives of Austen's novels.  This one-day national seminar explores the expositions of class and gender complexities in terms of how they impinge on the course of romantic love in the novels of Jane Austen. This forum hopes to understand the dynamic relation between the roles of the sexes and their “place” in the society of Austen’s narratives where successful courtships for the "companionate" heroes and heroines are attained after their navigation of several social, cultural, economic and psychological hurdles.

This seminar seeks 15-minute papers that address these issues in relation to the nineteenth-century novels of Austen as well to the film and TV adaptations of Austen’s works in contemporary societies.

For a paper presentation of 15 minutes, an abstract of 250 words and a short bio of 75 words of the presenter are to be emailed as word attachments to by 30 September 2018.

Participants who would like to attend without presenting papers are also requested to send their short bios of 75 words and write-ups of 150 words on any aspect of Austen's narratives by email to by 30 September 2018 in order to attend the seminar. Please send any other queries to

Notifications of acceptance will be communicated by email on 3 October 2018.

There is no registration fee.


Seminar Convenor: Divya A, Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Madras.