Samuel Beckett Working Group 2012

University of Southampton · 7-9 September 2012
Samuel Beckett. Photograph: Roger Pic
Samuel Beckett Working Group
University of Southampton
7-9 September 2012

The Samuel Beckett Working Group will be meeting at three different locations in 2012: at the International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) Annual Conference in Chile in July (contact Linda Ben-Zvi: lindabz@post.tau.ac.il), and in Tokyo, Japan in December, 2012 (contact Mariko Hori Tanaka: junsetsuan@orange.plala.or.jp).

Call for Auditors
You are invited to join the Samuel Beckett Working Group. There are limited places available for auditors. You will receive all the papers written by the presenters at the beginning of July, to give you time to read them carefully and consider the ideas presented and join in the discussions.

If you would be interested in joining us, please email me, Julie Campbell (convenor): j.campbell@soton.ac.uk. Let me know if you require B&B accommodation at the University. The rates are: Ensuite room: £35.25; Standard room: 26.50, and also let me how many nights you would want to stay (for example: Thursday to Monday or Friday to Sunday), so that the accommodation can be booked. The SBWG attendance fee (excluding the B&B accommodation) will be no higher than £75.00, and this includes lunch and refreshments. The plan is that we will go to a local restaurant for the evening meals.

The programme is planned to run from 10.30 am on Friday 7th to 5.30 pm on Sunday 9th. If you would like any further information do get in touch.

Call for Papers (Expired)
This call for papers is for the Working Group meeting taking place at the University of Southampton on the weekend of 7-9 September 2012. The Working Group topic will be ‘Samuel Beckett: Facing up to the Future.’ This topic covers areas such as

  • Formal experimentation
  • Approaches to different media
  • Adaptations from one medium to another
  • Tradition and innovation in critical approaches
  • The uses, abuses and undoing of existing traditions
  • Historicizing Beckett
  • Beckett in Performance
  • Beckett and Music, Visual Art and Film
  • New Critical Approaches to Beckett
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 of at least 30 minutes per paper. 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.

A Workshop is planned for Friday afternoon, and a performance of Beckett’s work on the Saturday evening.

If you are interested in joining the Working Group in Southampton, please do get in touch; you need to send a title and a short abstract by 31 December 2011 to Julie Campbell (convenor): j.campbell@soton.ac.uk

Papers (length 5,000 words) are to be distributed by the beginning of July, 2012.

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