Join us at JASP
JASP is a four-day symposium exploring Jane Austen through lectures, workshops, small-group discussions and a Regency ball. Each year we focus on one of Jane Austen’s works. Past programs have centered on “Pride and Prejudice” (2013 & 2019), “Sense and Sensibility” (2014), “Emma” (2015), “Mansfield Park” (2016), “Persuasion” (2017), and “Northanger Abbey” and Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” (2018). Our 2020 program has been rescheduled to 2021, due to the pandemic. JASP 2021 will center on “Jane Austen’s World” and we will read Austen’s letters and Claire Tomalin’s biography “Jane Austen: A Life.”
Who can go to JASP?
JASP is open to anyone. Our programs have attracted scholars and non-scholars alike from all walks of life and any age; we have had participants as young as 11.
How much is JASP?
Registration will reopen later in 2020; please check back for updated prices and details.
Full registration to JASP is $495 and $350 for K-12 students/teachers.
all seminars, panels, lectures, and small-group discussions
a tote bag
a rare book tour at UNC’s Wilson Library
a special exhibit and tour at the Ackland Museum
one ticket to the Regency theatricals
one ticket to the Regency Ball
daily warm buffet breakfast, elevenses, a welcome banquet and light refreshments at the Ball.
Are there discounts for teachers?
K-12 teachers receive a discounted early-bird tuition of $300 per person before Feb. 14; $350 after Feb. 14.
What does JASP offer?
JASP includes plenaries and panels with academics, plus short lectures — called “context corners” — that shed light on the historical aspects of Austen’s works.
What is the cancellation policy?
Please check back later in the year for details.
What is the ball like? Can I bring a guest?
What other entertainment is there during JASP?
During lunch hour, we offer screenings of films for those who would like to stay in the hotel.
What happens during the pub crawl?
Participants can sign up for one, two or three bars, with a specially themed cocktail at each establishment. Most bars are within short walking distance.
What’s the weather like?
It being June in North Carolina, expect it to be hot and humid, with an average of 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Sometimes it can feel much warmer, however. And you can expect a stray rain shower or thunderstorm in the afternoons.
Is everything in one hotel? Am I expected to stay there?
Is there food around the hotel?
Breakfast is provided each day for participants, as are elevenses (around 11am), and we’ll have a welcome dinner. For other meals, there are plenty of restaurants within a few minutes’ walk from the hotel. We also sometimes offer box lunches.
Can I shop?
Our emporium features Jane Austen Books, with a wide selection of nonfiction and fiction as well as gifts and clothing; Timely Tresses, offering bonnets and trimmings; and Cassandra’s Closet, offering clothing.
When & where is the next JASP?
The next JASP will be June 17-20, 2021, in the towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill, N.C., near the campus of the University of North Carolina.