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.
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.
Conferences, Special Issues, Volumes in Progress on Samuel Beckett
"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.
Additional speakers and theatrical program me to be announced shortly
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
For the registration form, email
“Samuel Beckett and the ‘State’
August 1-3, 2013
(Extended Deadline for CFP)
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.
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.
Deadline for abstracts of 300 words and bios has been extended to March 31st 2013 and should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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).
New experiments in the theatre
Approaches to different media
Adaptations from one medium to another
New challenge to the existing traditions
Beckett and Music, Visual Art, and Film
New Critical Approaches to Beckett
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
− also check the Beckett working group page.
I look forward to seeing you in Barcelona!
New Interpretations of Samuel Beckett in the Twenty-First Century
Palgrave Macmillan Book Series
Series editor: Jennifer M. Jeffers,
Cleveland State University
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:
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Jennifer M. Jeffers