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Conference of the Samuel Beckett Society 2015

The Samuel Beckett Society announces a Call for Papers for its inaugural conference to be held in collaboration with Arizona State University on February 19 and 20, 2015. The first conference of the SBS represents the opportunity to bringtogether new, emerging, and established perspectives on the Beckett’s writing for a sustained exchange of ideas. In recent years, increased attention has been given to the historical, political, and “Irish” dimensions of his work, complementing and sometimes contesting the rich tradition of theoretically driven criticism in Beckett studies. This tradition has continued in new volumes that have reassessed the oeuvre with lenses derived from animal studies, the ethical thought of Emanuel Levinas, and the cinematic writings of Gilles Deleuze, to name only a few examples. The “Beckett and …” phenomenon thus continues apace, as recent book-length studies have coupled the writer with science, the Bible, the modern novel, German literature, Alfred Bion, and Arnold Geulincx. At the same time, a major editorial project has been undertaken to produce a digital archive of Beckett’s manuscripts, accompanied by volumes analyzing the genesis of each text.

With the array of work now being done in the field, we would like to provide a forum for various perspectives to meet, interact, and shed light on one another. The conference organizers welcome paper submissions that seek to move Beckett studies forward along one of these many axes, particularly contributions that locate their positions in relation to broader developments in the field. Specific topics might include, but are not limited to, longstanding concerns about Beckett’s relationship with philosophy, modernism, or postmodernism; or more recent interest in the digital humanities, historicist criticism, or emerging theoretical fields. The conference program is already taking shape: Professor David Lloyd will deliver a keynote address; ASU will present a concert featuring pieces associated with Beckett and his work; and a roundtable session will focus on Beckett and the digital humanities. There will be no parallel sessions, but rather a series of three-presenter panels, to facilitate in-depth engagement and discussion. To be considered for a 20-minute presentation, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to Patrick Bixby, Gregory Castle, and Sean Kennedy at beckettconference2015@gmail.com by July 1, 2014.


Call for Papers – Staging Beckett at the Margins

University of Chester, 11-12 September 2014

Staging Beckett is a three year collaborative research project undertaken by the
universities of Chester, Reading, and the Victoria & Albert Museum which started in
September 2012, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project
explores Beckett’s impact on British and Irish theatre practice and cultures while also
looking at how Beckett has been staged internationally, and it is compiling a database of
professional productions of Beckett’s plays in the UK and Ireland.
Our second conference, to be held at the University of Chester, 11-12 September
2014, will focus on perceived notions of Beckett at the margins, on productions staged
outside London and other major theatrical centres. What has the impact of Beckett’s
drama been upon regional, small national, touring and marginal theatrical practices and
cultures? What is at stake when staging Beckett in marginal cultures or lesser-known
geographical areas? How does Beckett’s work move from a country’s capital city to its
regions? Does Beckett’s work speak to national, or local, cultural contexts? How does it
fit within established theatrical, cultural and economic infrastructures?
We are keen to hear from academics and practitioners interested in how Beckett has
been, or might be, staged in areas beyond the major theatrical centres of London,
Dublin, Paris, New York, Sydney, Tokyo, etc. Issues to consider might be, but are not
limited to, the following:

Theatre and local politics
Cultural marginalisation
Small-scale productions
Amateur productions
Planned productions that failed to be realised
Beckett in Scotland
Beckett in Wales
Beckett on tour, nationally and internationally
Beckett as a marginal author
Beckett and subaltern cultures

Please send proposals of c. 150 words to stagingbeckett@chester.ac.uk by 31 May 2014

2013 Samuel Beckett Summer School 11-16 August 2013.


This year’s Samuel Beckett Summer School runs from 11th – 16th August 2013. The first event of the Summer School will take place on Sunday afternoon, the 11th. The final event will be an evening banquet on Friday the 16th. Students should plan to arrive during the day on Sunday the 11th and depart on the 17th. Application and registration opens in January 2013 and the deadline for applicants is Monday 10th June 2013 at 5pm.

John Hurt in Krapp’s Last Tape at the Gate Theatre, Dublin in March.
Krapp at the GateFlann Conference II
Problems with Authority: The II International Flann O’Brien Conference

Paper and panel proposals are welcome for this second Flann O’Brien Conference which will take place over three days from 19 June and have three exceptional keynote speakers: Carol Taaffe, Dirk Van Hulle, Jed Esty; and readings and performances by performances by Mark O’Halloran, the awarding-winning screenwriter of “Adam and Paul” and “Garage”, and by Mikel Murfi, director of “John Duffy’s Brother”. Closing date for submissions: 1 February 2013.

Further information is available via email at
viennacis.anglistik@univie.ac.at and updates will appear regularly on the International Flann O’Brien Society website:

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Note: An interest in papers concerning resonances between Beckett and O’Brien has been expressed by the conference organizers.

Samuel Beckett: Form and History Conference.

St. Mary’s University. Halifx. Nova Scotia. June 28-30th 2013.



Samuel Beckett: Form and History

Halifax, Nova Scotia

June 28th-30th, 2013

 Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Saint Francis Xavier University (Antigonish, Nova Scotia)

 What forms of historical knowledge might be usefully addressed to Beckett’s works? In what ways might Beckett’s formal explorations, or formal analysis of those explorations, be conceived of as intrinsically historical? While Beckett studies has often been structured by an opposition between formalist and historical approaches, the aim of this conference is to think collectively about how form and history are related in Beckett’s writing and in critical responses to his work. We welcome papers that engage with various historical contexts, and are particularly interested in how historical analysis might address the formal complexities of Beckett’s work. Specific points of engagement might involve the following questions: how might the conditions in post-war France have informed Beckett’s formal experimentation? What is novel, for example,  about the post-war Beckettian novel? How is Beckett’s writing involved (or at odds) with the histories of modernist and postmodernist forms, particularly in view of the ongoing re-mapping of these terms of literary periodization and their temporal and spatial parameters?  What forms of history (feminist, queer etc) might contribute to a history of Beckettian forms? Our hope is to generate conversation across the boundaries and binaries (archive/text, for example, or history/theory) that have begun to structure Beckett studies in recent years. How might these different emphases be brought together? What form might a collaborative approach to Beckett studies take? There will be no keynote address, but rather a series of workshops addressing how to integrate the differing strands of work that have been done in recent years. These workshops will accompany the more traditional three paper panel format. There will also be no parallel sessions, in order to facilitate depth of engagement, and priority will be given to submissions that address the conference theme. Proposals of no more than 300 words to be sent to Michael D’Arcy and Seán Kennedy (beckettinhalifax@gmail.com) by 30 January 2013.



Faculty                           $100

Students/Unwaged          Free

Irish playwrite Julien Gough’s (a self-confessed ‘Becketty’ -style author) The Great Goat Bubble.


Call for papers:

Beyond Historicism: Resituating Samuel Beckett The University of New South Wales, Kensington, Sydney · 7-8 December, 2012 http://www.apieceofmonologue.com/2012/06/beyond-historicism-resituating-samuel.html

Applicant sought for a research project on Samuel Beckett:


Enniskillen International Beckett Festival:The inaugural HAPPY DAYS takes place 23rd – 27th August 2012 with FREE visual arts events from 3rd July.


27 April 2012 U of Reading symposium ‘Beckett and Brain Science’ http://www.apieceofmonologue.com/2012/04/beckett-brain-science-symposium.html

28 April 2012 University of Reading Samuel Beckett Research Day Seminar. http://www.apieceofmonologue.com/2012/04/samuel-beckett-reading-seminar-2012.html

An upcoming event that may be of interest to people who happen to be near the University of Limerick next week:

“SAMUEL BECKETT From Theatre of the Absurd to Choral Theatre”
A lecture by Thomas Cousineau

Thursday March 29th, 12 noon, ERB001 (Engineering Research Building, UL).

McGovern and Mandell in new production of Waiting for godot:


Samuel Beckett Debts and Legacies list of speakers posted on A Piece of Monologue:


Gare St Lazare Players to begin tour of Ireland in March. See A Piece of Monologue website for more details: http://www.apieceofmonologue.com/2012/02/conor-lovett-samuel-beckett-end-gare-st.html

28 February   Dr. Arthur Broomfield will give a talk entitled “Language: to Beckett the real” at UCD. Hosted by the English Graduate Society at 4:00 p.m. in The Humanities Institute of Ireland.

ETHICA — етика Four shorts by Samuel Beckett: Play, Catastrophe, Come and Go and What Where in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin and the Irish Embassy will be in Sofia  on 1 and 2 March 2012. The production is co-directed by Nicholas Johnson and Marc Atkinson and co-produced by the DU players. For inquires please contach Dr. Nicholas Johnson at johnson@tcd.ie See stills below of Ethica production (from press release)

15-12 July The Samuel Beckett Summer School. Trinity College Dublin, go to the summer school’s website for list of speakers as well as seminar options, http://www.beckettsummerschool.com/


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