Beckett and Brain Science: Free Warwick Symposium

Milburn House, University of Warwick · 18 September 2012
Design: Rhys Tranter

Beckett and Brain Science Project

A one-day symposium at Milburn House, University of Warwick
18 September 2012

The symposium will hear from psychiatrists and doctors who use Beckett’s work to reflect on their own clinical understanding and practice, and in their teaching. Beckett’s work in performance will offer a practical challenge to epistemologies and classifications current in medicine. Experts in the fields of psychiatry, neurology, philosophy and the theatre will then explore the ways in which theatre and literature can offer insights into mental and neurological disorders.


09.45 - 10.15 Coffee and Registration
10.15 - 10.30 Welcome / Introduction
10.30 - 11.00 Not I Event by Fail Better Productions
11.00 - 12.30 Parallel Session:
  • Not I Workshop: Medical School (chair: Jonathan Heron/Matthew Broome)
  • Not I Seminar: (chair: Elizabeth Barry and expert witnesses). This seminar will reflect on Beckett's play in relation to Gilles Deleuze's piece 'He Stuttered', which will be pre-circulated.
12.30 - 12.45 Feedback
12.45 - 01.30 Lunch
01.30 - 02.45 Panel 1: Theatre and Brain Science
Jonathan Heron (chair)
Dr Kirsten Shepherd-Barr (University of Oxford)
Dr Hunter Groninger (National Institutes of Health, Maryland/ University of Virginia)
02.45 - 03.30 Panel 2: Psychiatry and the Humanities
Dr Matthew Broome (chair/ interlocutor)
Prof. Femi Oyebode (University of Birmingham)
Dr Angela Woods (Durham University)
03.30 - 04.00 Tea
04.30 - 05.15 Round-table discussion: 
Beckett and Brain Science: Theory and Practice
Dr Elizabeth Barry (chair)
Dr Jonathan Cole (University of Southampton)
Dr Hunter Groninger (NIH/Virginia)
Dr Ulrika Maude (University of Reading)
Prof. Femi Oyebode (Birmingham)
Dr Laura Salisbury (Birkbeck, University of London)


The event is free, but places are limited and booking is essential. To reserve a place, please contact Elizabeth Barry at e.c.barry@warwick.ac.uk.


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