Promotional video for the JASNA Southwest-hosted 2017 AGM in Huntington Beach

Annual General Meeting

Each fall, the Jane Austen Society of North America holds a conference, the Annual General Meeting (AGM), hosted by one of its regions and featuring an engaging array of plenary speakers and breakout sessions — as well as the chance to meet other Jane Austen fans from throughout the continent and around the world. Learn more about upcoming AGMs on the JASNA website.

JASNA Southwest was proud to host the 2017 AGM — Jane Austen in Paradise: Intimations of Immortality — and celebrate Austen’s extraordinary and enduring legacy at the 200th anniversary of her passing. The conference was held in Huntington Beach and drew more than 700 attendees.

2018 AGM Highlights

The promenade and Regency Ball from the 2018 JASNA Annual General Meeting in Kansas City

2017 Plenary Speakers and Special Presentations

Gillian Dow, executive director of Chawton House Library and associate professor at the University of Southampton, opened the conference with the Carol Medine Moss Keynote Lecture on “The Immortal Jane Austen and Her Best-Loved Heroine: 1817 to 2017.”

Devoney Looser, professor at Arizona State University, gave a rousing talk, “After Jane Austen,” that detailed how Austen came to be included in Westminster Abbey’s Poet’s Corner, the mystery of the missing Steventon pump and other fascinating tales.

Richard Knight, great, great, great grandson of Austen’s brother Edward, gave the closing address, “The Austens’ Knight in Shining Armour,” which focused on Chawton and its history with the Knight family since the 1580s.

Peter Graham conversed with filmmaker Whit Stillman about how Stillman evolved from his initial dislike of Austen into a devotee whose breakout film Metropolitan referenced Mansfield Park and who more recently wrote and directed Love & Friendship, based on Austen’s Lady Susan.

AGM-Related Blog Posts

2018 AGM in Kansas City

The 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America in Kansas City garnered record-breaking attendance, with more than 900 participants! The theme was Persuasion, 200 Years of Constancy and Hope. Highlights included the enlightening and...

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Young Filmmakers Winners Named

JASNA-Southwest is pleased to announce the winners of our inaugural Young Filmmakers Contest. Our congratulations go to the following: First place: An Accomplished Woman by Rivkah Penarelli née Massey Undergraduate Peralta Community College Oakland, California Second...

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AGM Pre-Conference Day at the Huntington

On Thursday, October 5, our pre-conference activities will include a special trip to the magnificent Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens in Pasadena. The day’s options include: Huntington President Laura Skandera Trombley, an expert on Mark Twain,...

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Photo Highlights from the 2017 AGM

Dedication of Austen bench at the Huntington

Regency Ball

Maritime Museum of San Diego

Cabrillo National Monument

Young Filmmakers Contest Winner Rivkah Penerelli