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Jane Austen 200 Dunedin

Jane Austen ID 226pxJane Austen 200 Dunedin is a series of talks in commemoration of the bicentennary of Jane Austen’s death.

Talks and events for Jane Austen 200

An Introduction to Jane Austen - her times, her life, her works, her legacy

Dr Paul Tankard, Department of English & Linguistics

A lecture for everyone: from those who have never read Austen, to those who have always loved her.

Tuesday 12 September 2017
Burns 2 Lecture Theatre, Albany St

Such Wickedness: Theatre in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park

Explore the delights of Jane Austen, with dramatic readings by Hilary Halba, Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts, and Dunedin actor and teacher Terry MacTavish. This talk is part of the 'Alumni, Books, Conversation with an Otago Lecturer' series at the University Bookshop.

Seating limited, booking required.

To make a booking, email

Tuesday 19 September
University Bookshop, 378 Great King St
7pm (doors open 6.30pm for refreshments, mingling and book browsing)

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Regency Law and Medicine

Prof Nicola Peart, Faculty of Law and Prof Barbara Brookes, Department of History & Art History

Two talks on one night, covering Regency legal matters and the state of medicine 200 years ago.

Tuesday 26 September
Archway 1 Lecture Theatre

Regency Fashion

Dr Jane Malthus, Otago Polytechnic Design Department

Flimsy dresses, outrageous underwear, and dandies: What happened to decency in the Regency?

Tuesday 3 October
Burns 2 Lecture Theatre, Albany St

Notable Regency Gals

Dr Karen McLean, Department of English & Linguistics

Learn more about spirited women of the Regency period who lived bold lives.

Tuesday 10 October
Burns 2 Lecture Theatre, Albany St

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The Many Faces of Captain Wentworth and the making of Persuasion

Key note talk by international Jane Austen expert Emerita Prof Jocelyn Harris, Department of English & Linguistics

Celebrating 200 years since the publication of Persuasion, often thought to be Austen’s most lyrical and romantic novel.

Tuesday 17 October
College of Education Tower Lecture Room G07

4th Jane Austen Spring Ball

Channel your inner Elizabeth Bennet and come to the ball, to mingle and dance. Partners are not required. Period dress is encouraged.

Ball tickets are $30pp and include a free dance lesson the evening before the ball.

Sunday 22 October
NEV School Hall, 248 Main North Road

Regency dance classes

For those interested in dancing every dance, Regency dance classes will be held at 7pm Wednesday evenings Sept 13, 20, 27 and Oct 11 and 18 (no class 4 Oct) in the NEV School hall, 248 North Road. Tickets are $40 for all five classes or $10 each class.

More information and contact details

More information about each event will be posted on our Facebook page "JaneAusten200Dunedin" nearer the time.

Go to the JaneAusten200Dunedin Facebook page.

For inquiries please email