2020 Guest Speakers

Scheduled to appear at the 2020 Jane Austen Summer Program:

Janine Barchas

Janine Barchas, professor of English at The University of Texas at Austin, at Graffiti Park in Austin on Fri., Nov. 6, 2015.Janine Barchas is the Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor in English Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. After receiving a B.A. from Stanford University and a PhD from the University of Chicago, her book “Graphic Design, Print Culture, and the Eighteenth-Century Novel” (2003) won the SHARP prize for the best work in the field of book history. Her next book was “Matters of Fact in Jane Austen: History, Location, and Celebrity (2012). Barchas’s latest, “The Lost Books of Jane Austen” (2019), looks at Austen’s legacy through her numerous reprintings and cheap editions. A review by the New York Times praises Barchas’s “smart detective work” while the Guardian calls it “delicious.” Barchas also curated several exhibitions on Austen: including the online re-creation of two Georgian-era blockbusters at “What Jane Saw.”


Mary Robinette Kowal

KowalMary Robinette Kowal’s historical short stories and novels have earned her numerous awards for excellence in science fiction and fantasy. Set in a Regency England in which magic is an essential accomplishment for a lady, her 2010 novel “Shades of Milk and Honey” — the first in her “Glamourist Histories” series — was nominated for a Nebula Award for Best Novel. Her 2018 book “The Calculating Stars,” about “lady astronauts” in the 1950s, is one of only 18 novels to win Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards in a single year. Kowal’s other novels include “Ghost Talkers,” a supernatural tale set in World War I, and “The Fated Sky,” her follow-up to “The Calculating Stars.” Kowal is also a professional puppeteer and voice actor. 

Robert Morrison

MorrisonSpecializing in 19th-century British literature and culture, Robert Morrison is the British Academy Global Professor at Bath Spa University in Bath, England, and a Queen’s National Scholar at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. His 2009 book “The English Opium-Eater: A Biography of Thomas De Quincey” was short-listed for the James Tait Black Prize for biography. In 2011, Morrison annotated an edition of Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” for the Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

The Economist listed Morrison’s latest book, “The Regency Years, During Which Jane Austen Writes, Napoleon Fights, Byron Makes Love, and Britain Becomes Modern,” as one of its Books of the Year. “The Regency Years” also was longlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize, Canada’s most prestigious award for nonfiction. The New York Times calls the book “a spirited and wide-ranging account of life in — and out of — Regency England,” while the Washington Post asked: “What more could one ask from a work of cultural history?”

R.B. Bartgis

R.B. Bartgis, at right, at JASP 2017.

R.B. Bartgis is a conservator technician with a background in book conservation and exhibits, based in Washington, D.C. Outside of their career in conservation, Bartgis completed a Certificate of Profiency from Rare Book School at the University of Virginia in 2019, and since 2016 has lectured and taught on the material culture of literacy in the long 18th century, as well as leading living history programs and training museum professionals and graduate students in pen cutting and historic penmanship.

Samantha Bullat

71822256_10216802169580167_186054010417971200_n.jpgSamantha Bullat is a tailor for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in Williamsburg, Va., researching and creating historical clothing from the 17th and 18th centuries for historical interpreters for the foundation. In 2018 she joined the team at Burnley & Trowbridge Company, which specializes in providing textiles, notions, and accessories for historical clothing. She is the author of the blog The Couture Courtesan.