Conferences/CFPs

 

That brings us up to four, gathered together. I knew it, there might be a hundred of us and still we'd lack the hundred and first, we'll always be short of me.

The Unnamable

They have told me, explained to me, described to me, what it all is, what it looks like, what it's all for, one after the other, thousands of times, in thousands of connexions, until I must have begun to look like I understood.

The Unnamable

 

Conferences, Special Issues, Volumes in Progress on Samuel Beckett

OTHER BECKETTS

Editor: S. E. Gontarski, Florida State University

Call for Submissions

This series focuses on underexplored approaches to Samuel Beckett’s work, examining those of Beckett’s interests that were more arcane than mainstream, quirky, or strange, even, and those of his works that are less thoroughly explored critically, such as the poetry, the criticism, the later prose and drama.

Volumes might, therefore, cover any of the following: unusual illnesses (for instance, Akathisia and Duck’s Disease in Murphy and unusual mental disorders in Watt); mathematical peculiarities (irrational numbers and factorial or Fibonachi sequences); linguistic failures (from Nominalism to Mautner); or citations or allusions to contrarian aesthetic philosophies and philosophers working in a more or less irrationalist tradition (such as those of Nietzsche or Bergson).

Key Features:

  • Deploys new critical approaches
  • Addresses underexplored works in the Beckett canon
  • Presents new critiques of representation and philosophy
  • Attentive to critical thinking around affect and/in literature

For further information, or to discuss submitting a proposal, contact the series editor: S. E. Gontarski: sgontarski@fsu.edu 


Working with Beckett

3 March 2014 at 18:30

Trinity Long Room Hub (Trinity College Dublin)

A lecture by Prof Stanley E Gontarski (Florida State University), organised by the Trinity College Library, the School of English and the School of Drama, Film and Music, TCD.

Professor Stanley E Gontarski, whose letters, papers and books relating to Samuel Beckett have been acquired recently by Trinity College Library Dublin, will discuss his working relationship with the playwright.

This began on 30 March 1973, when Beckett wrote to draw Gontarski’s attention to the director’s notebook that he kept for Glückliche Tage, the Happy Days production he directed in German in 1971 at the Werkstatt of Berlin’s famed Schiller-Theater. In May 1980, Gontarski, invited to watch Beckett direct in London, persuaded him to write a new play expressly for a conference he was organizing the following year at The Ohio State University to celebrate Beckett’s 75th year. This became first ‘The Ohio project’ and then Ohio Impromptu, the only work in Beckett’s oeuvre with a geographical reference. During extended stays in Paris in 1985-86, Gontarski worked on theatrical productions with Beckett, particularly an adaptation of Beckett’s novella, Company, and a re-adaptation of what would become Beckett’s final completed work for theatre, What Where.

Gontarski directed the English-language premieres of these works: Company in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Actors’ Theatre in 1985, and What Where, part of an evening called ‘The Beckett Vision’, at San Francisco’s Magic Theater in 1986, the latter filmed by Global Village in 1987 as part of a DVD collection, ‘Peephole Art: Beckett for Television’ and released commercially in 1995. The production became a central part of the documentary Waiting for Beckett, a YouTube clip of which features Beckett’s discussing this production. Film versions of both productions were shown in Dublin in 1991 during the Dublin Theatre Festival. Finally, Gontarski worked closely with Beckett while editing The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett: Endgame; during this process, Beckett made final revisions to the play, not long before he passed away.

To register for this event, please contact mscripts@tcd.ie

Samuel Beckett Summer School

10-16 August 2014

Trinity College Dublin


Applications are now available from our website


Preliminary list of speakers for the 2014 Samuel Beckett Summer School:

  • Elizabeth Barry
  • Gerald Dawe
  • Lois More Overbeck
  • Laura Salisbury
  • Anthony Uhlmann
  • Dirk Van Hulle

A Roundtable discussion, ‘Beckett beyond the Humanities’, chaired by Jonathan Heron

Seminars:

  • Samuel Beckett’s Letters (Lois More Overbeck)
  • Beckett and Brain Science (Elizabeth Barry & Laura Salisbury)
  • Beckett’s Manuscripts (Mark Nixon & Dirk Van Hulle)
  • Performance Workshop/Samuel Beckett Laboratory (Jonathan Heron & Nick Johnson)
  • Reading Group (Sam Slote)

Full list of speakers, provisional schedule, and details of performances will be posted on our website shortly: http://beckettsummerschool.wordpress.com.


Samuel Beckett and the Archive: Rewriting the Beckett Canon
Call for Papers (Deadline: 30 July 2014)

As the leading literary figure to emerge from post-World War II Europe, Samuel Beckett's texts and his literary and intellectual legacy
have yet to be fully appreciated by critics and scholars. The goal of NEW INTERPRETATIONS OF BECKETT IN THE TWENTY-FIRST  CENTURY is to stimulate new approaches and develop fresh perspectives on Beckett, his texts, and his legacy. The series will provide a forum for original and interdisciplinary interpretations concerning any aspect of Beckett's work or his influence upon subsequent writers, artists, and thinkers.

JENNIFER M. JEFFERS is a Professor of English at Cleveland State University. In addition to numerous articles, she is the author of The Irish Novel at the End of the Twentieth Century: Gender, Bodies, and Power; Britain Colonized: Hollywood's Appropriation of British Literature; Uncharted Space: The End of Narrative,
the editor of Samuel Beckett, and co-editor of Contextualizing Aesthetics: From Plato to Lyotard.

Call for contributors to the proposed edited collection 'Samuel Beckett and the Archive: Rewriting the Beckett Canon':
This collection will explore the impact of the availability of Beckett archival materials in the last generation of Beckett scholarship. Will archival research permanently alter what we now consider Beckett's "canonical," or most important texts? Please submit 500 word abstracts for papers that address the short-term and long-term impact of archival scholarship on the reading and production of Beckett's texts.

Abstracts should be sent to J.M. Jeffers by July 30 2014.

Contact: 

Brigitte Shull, Editor:

Brigitte.Shull@palgrave-usa.com


Jennifer M. Jeffers:

j.m.jeffers53@csuohio.edu 

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Séminaire Samuel Beckett et la culture française
18 January, 2014
Tokyo  

Le prochain séminaire francophone aura lieu le samedi 18 janvier 2014, de 10h30 à 17h30. Grâce au soutien de la JSPS, il s’ouvrira par une conférence de Llewellyn Brown, éditeur d’une Série Beckett aux éditions Minard et auteur de Beckett , les fictions brèves . Voir et dire , ouvrage publié par le même éditeur. La conférence qu’il donnera s’intitule: 

Quel Lacan pour quel Beckett ?
-Etude de la critique anglophone et francophone

La conférence sera donnée en français, comme les autres interventions. Un résumé en anglais sera distribué.

Deux communications suivront :

-   Nishimura Izumi (Université des Arts de Nagoya) : A la recherche du Maternel absent dans Molloy de Beckett et L’Etranger de Camus 

-   Takayama Noriko (Université de Tokyo / Université Paris 8), Poésie et pensée chez Beckett. De Whoroscope à La Dernière bande 

Des résumés seront distribués également pour ces communications.

Le séminaire aura lieu dans les locaux de l’université du Tohoku à Tokyo: 

1- 7 - 12
Chiyoda - ku Marunouchi
Sapia Tower 10 F
Tokyo 100 - 0005

Un dîner dans un restaurant japonais proche du lieu du séminaire sera proposé de 18h à 20h environ (prix approximatif: 5000 yens). Une inscription est nécessaire, pour assister au séminaire et / ou participer au dîner. Merci de bien vouloir écrire au plus tard le 6 janvier au responsable du séminaire, à l’adresse suivante: yann.mevel@yahoo.fr

L’université demande aux auditeurs d’indiquer leur statut au moment de leur inscription. Un courrier sera envoyé aux inscrits pour leur faciliter l’accès au lieu du séminaire.

Yann MÉVEL 
Maître de conférences en littérature française
Université du Tohoku


Samuel Beckett Working Group
 28 July – 1 August, 2014
University of Warwick


The Samuel Beckett Working Group (SBWG) will be meeting at the FIRT/IFTR International Federation for Theatre Research World Congress

Papers to be presented at the SBWG are distributed and read by all the participants ahead of the meeting. At the SBWG session presenters give short resumes of their work, followed by a lengthy discussion period (each presenter has 45 minutes in all). This is an extremely effective method, which allows ideas to be discussed, debated and evaluated, with participants suggesting directions for presenters’ works-in-progress. There is limited space for presenters, so do get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee a place; there will also be a limited space for auditors, who would also be sent the papers to read and encouraged to engage in the discussions during the sessions.

The Working Group topic will be:
 
‘Levels of Imagery (audio and/or visual) in Samuel Beckett’s Drama.

Some ideas on how to approach the topic:
Levels of interpretation and/or levels of audience response to performance images; Levels of conformity with or deviation from stage directions; Images that respond to pre-existing performances, such as those in earlier productions of Beckett’s drama, to other theatre genres, to other playwright’s work or to other mediums (e.g. from adaptations from page or radio to the stage).

Do get in touch with Julie Campbell
if you have any questions.

If you are interested in joining the Working Group you need to upload your abstract to the Cambridge Journals Online pages where you will also be prompted to join or renew your membership of IFTR. This has to be done by 15th January 2014, otherwise their paper cannot be accepted for the conference. For more information: http://iftr2014warwick.org/

Warwick will send acceptance emails by 21st February. The reason for the early deadline is:
a) so that all delegates have a fair chance of getting their preferred accommodation on campus which opens (along with registration) on 1st March 2014
b) to ensure there is adequate time for delegates to apply for Visas, as the UK Visa system can take several months for these to be processed.

Papers (length 5,000 words) are to be distributed by the end of May, 2013.

I look forward to seeing you in Warwick!

 


"The Samuel Beckett Summer School 2013"
11 to 16 August 2013
Trinity College Dublin


Founded in 2011, the Samuel Beckett Summer School provides a unique experience for students, scholars and lovers of Beckett’s works. Each year we invite the world’s foremost Beckett scholars to present new lectures and seminars on all aspects of Beckett’s works. We hope that the School will appeal to a wide range of Beckett enthusiasts by providing the opportunity to experience, savour and study Beckett’s works in the university where he began his intellectual life.

The Summer School is different from an academic conference in that it is not purely a gathering by specialists for other specialists. Instead, we aim to engage and explore Beckett’s works from a variety of different perspectives in order to examine and re-examine Beckett’s evolving legacy and relevance. The aim of the Summer School is to look at Beckett in an open and pluralist fashion and to consider all of the numerous contexts of his work that are of interest both to the scholar and to the general reader.

The Samuel Beckett Summer School offers a full week of learning and is complemented by social and cultural events each evening.

Confirmed Speakers:
Mary Bryden
Daniela Caselli
Peter Fifield
Nicholas Grene
Ben Keatinge
Jean-Michel Rabaté

Additional speakers and theatrical program me to be announced shortly

Seminars:
Beckett and Dante: Daniela Caselli
Performance Workshop: Jonathon Heron & Nicholas Johnson
Beckett's Manuscripts: Mark Nixon & Dirk Van Hulle
Reading Group - The Trilogy: Sam Slote

http://beckettsummerschool.com
For the registration form, email
sbss@usit.ie

“Samuel Beckett and the ‘State’ of Ireland” III

August 1-3, 2013

(Extended Deadline for CFP)

University College Dublin

Humanities Institute

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The emerging field of study dedicated to Samuel Beckett’s complicated relationship with his home country of Ireland has produced an exciting new spectrum through which to explore the author’s work. The upcoming third conference at University College Dublin, entitled “Samuel Beckett and the ‘State’ of Ireland”, is dedicated to providing a stage on which the exchange of new scholarship can take place. Our purpose is to extend the already rich debate on the influence Ireland has had on the world renowned author, including tension between the various ‘Becketts’; the Irish Beckett, the French Beckett and the other Becketts to name a few. With this in mind we wish to leave open the scope of the conference to allow for the investigation into different realms of study relating to any aspect concerning Beckett and Ireland. Does Beckett fit into the category of being an Irish philosopher? Does his work portray an Irish France or a French Ireland? Is there an element of the archive that indicates a more or less pronounced relationship with his homeland than previously thought? How can the place of Ireland be read in historical and archival approaches to Beckett? These are just a few types of questions the conference hopes to bring to bear on the Irish scope of Beckett studies.

Being situated in proximity to Trinity College Dublin, and the ‘Beckett Country’, the conference at UCD affords a rich environment for exploring Beckett within the context of his native metropolis and surrounding areas. The interaction between “Beckett and the ‘State’ of Ireland” and the Samuel Beckett Summer School has seen a continual crossover of speakers and topics which has enriched the two events and delegates from both are encouraged to experience the opportunity the two offer in tandem.

Categories for possible paper topics will not be put forward this year as we wish to open the scope of the conference even further. As mentioned above, abstracts which engage in any aspect of Beckett’s relationship to Ireland will be enthusiastically considered from Academics and Postgraduates alike. For a sample of past paper topics please see the website for previous schedules.

http://beckettucd.wordpress.com/

Deadline for abstracts of 300 words and bios has been extended to March 31st 2013 and should be emailed to: beckettucd@gmail.com

For a review of the 2012 conference in The Beckett Circle please see: http://www.beckettcircle.org/2012/10/ucd-conference-beckett-state-of-ireland-review.html

 

‘Call for Papers’

Samuel Beckett Working Group

Institut del Teatre, Barcelona
21-26 July, 2013


The Samuel Beckett Working Group will be meeting at FIRT/IFTR International Federation for Theatre Research Annual Conference

Papers to be presented at the Working Group are distributed and read by all the participants ahead of the meeting. At the Working Group session presenters give short resumes of their work, followed by a lengthy discussion period (each presenter has 45 minutes in all). This is an extremely effective method, which allows ideas to be discussed, debated and evaluated, with participants suggesting directions for presenters’ works-in-progress. There is limited space for presenters, so do get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee a place; there will also be a limited space for auditors, who would also be sent the papers to read, and be encouraged to engage in the discussions during the sessions.

The Working Group topic will be ‘Samuel Beckett in the Twenty-first Century.’  This topic covers areas such as
  • New experiments in the theatre
  • Approaches to different media
  • Adaptations from one medium to another
  • New challenge to the existing traditions
  • Historicizing Beckett
  • Beckett and Music, Visual Art, and Film
  • New Critical Approaches to Beckett  
If you are interested in joining the Working Group in Barcelona, please do get in touch; you need to send a title and a short abstract by 31 December 2012 to Julie Campbell (co-convenor).

Papers (length 5,000 words) are to be distributed by the end of May, 2013.

For information about the general conference, fees, and housing, check the
 IFTR website  
− also check the Beckett working group page.

I look forward to seeing you in Barcelona!

 

 

New Interpretations

 

New Interpretations of Samuel Beckett in the Twenty-First Century

 

Palgrave Macmillan Book Series

 

Series editor: Jennifer M. Jeffers,

Cleveland State University 

j.m.jeffers53@csuohio.edu

 

As the leading literary figure to emerge from post-World War II Europe, Samuel Beckett's texts and his literary and intellectual legacy have yet to be fully appreciated by critics and scholars. The goal of NEW INTERPRETATIONS OF BECKETT IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY is to stimulate new approaches and develop fresh perspectives on Beckett, his texts, and his legacy. The series will provide a forum for original and interdisciplinary interpretations concerning any aspect of Beckett's work or his influence upon subsequent writers, artists, and thinkers.

 

JENNIFER M. JEFFERS is Professor of English and Associate Dean and Ombudsperson for the College of Graduate Studies at ClevelandStateUniversity. In addition to numerous articles, she is the author of The Irish Novel at the End of the Twentieth Century: Gender, Bodies, and Power, Britain Colonized: Hollywood's Appropriation of British Literature, Uncharted Space: The End of Narrative, the editor of Samuel Beckett, and co-editor of Contextualizing Aesthetics: From Plato to Lyotard.

 

Palgrave Macmillan expects to publish 2-3 titles per year in this series. We welcome inquiries from prospective authors and editors whose work addresses these and related issues.

 

FOR NEW PROPOSALS, CONTACT:

Brigitte Shull

Editor

Palgrave Macmillan

175 Fifth Avenue

New York , New York10010 (USA)

Brigitte.Shull@palgrave-usa.com

www.palgrave-usa.com

or

Jennifer M. Jeffers

j.m.jeffers53@csuohio.edu