Beckett and Brain Science: Free Reading Symposium

University of Reading, 27 April 2012
Design: Rhys Tranter
Beckett and Brain Science
AHRC-funded Symposium
University of Reading
27 April 2012

About the Seminar

The symposium will be held in the conference room of the University of Reading Special Collections. The building housing Special Collections and the Museum of English Rural Life is located in Redlands Road.


Date & Time: Friday, 27 April 2012, 10.00 to 17.50

10.00 - 10.30 Coffee and Registration
10.30 - 11.30 '... but the brain...': Professor James Knowlson (University of Reading) and Dr Ulrika Maude (University of Reading) in Conversation
11.30 - 12.30 Dr Peter Fifield (St John's College, University of Oxford): 'Seeing Things: The Brain and the Archive'
12.30 - 13.15 Lunch
13.15 - 14.15 Professor Dirk Van Hulle (University of Antwerp): 'Beckett's Manuscripts and the Extended Mind: A Post-Cartesian what is the word'
14.15 - 15.15 Professor Mary Bryden (University of Reading): '"From Chaos to the Brain": Beckett and Deleuze'
15.15 - 15.45 Coffee
15.45 - 16.15 Jonathan Heron (University of Warwick, and Artistic Director, Fail Better Productions): '"Theatre Machines" and "Beckett's DNA"'
16.15 - 17.15 Professor Ronald Schleifer (University of Oklahoma): 'Modernism as Gesture: Popular Music and Performances of Literature'
17.15 - 17.30 Closing Words


There is no registration fee for ‘Beckett and Brain Science,’ but please send an email with the following registration details to Ulrika Maude at u.maude@reading.ac.uk:



There are a limited number of rooms available in Black Horse House on the University campus. For bookings, please contact Miranda Hogg at blackhorsehouse@reading.ac.uk, tel. 0118 378 8906, quoting ‘Beckett and Brain Science’. The booking code is: 39450.

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