Samuel Beckett Society – Inaugural Conference

Confirmed Speakers & Schedule
A keynote address will be given by Professor David Lloyd.

David Lloyd, Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, works primarily on Irish culture and on postcolonial and cultural theory. He is the author of Nationalism and Minor Literature (1987); Anomalous States (1993); Ireland After History (1999) and Irish Times: Temporalities of Irish Modernity (2008). His most recent book is Irish Culture and Colonial Modernity: The Transformation of Oral Space (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He has recently completed a study of Samuel Beckett’s visual aesthetics, forthcoming in 2014, and is beginning a series of essays on poetry and violence. His Arc & Sill: Poems 1979-2009 was published by Shearsman Books in the UK and New Writers’ Press, Dublin, 2012. He has co-published several other books, including The Nature and Context of Minority Discourse (1991), with Abdul JanMohamed; Culture and the State, co-authored with Paul Thomas (1997); The Politics of Culture in the Shadow of Capital (1997), with Lisa Lowe; and The Black and Green Atlantic: Cross-Currents of the African and Irish Diasporas (2008), edited with Peter D. O’Neill.


Thursday, 19 February 2015
8:00-8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:45 Welcome: Conference Organizers

8:45-10:15 Beckettian Poetics

Anne Stillman (U of Cambridge) – Beckett and lyric

James Little (Trinity C Dublin) – Dream of Fair to middling Women and Beckett’s poetics of confinement

Jonathan Feinberg (U of Pittsburgh-Greensburg) – The idea of Europe: Beckett and Eliot reading Dante

Robert Reginio (Alfred U) – Inscrutable activities: thinking about Beckett and conceptual art

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:45 Beckettian Subjectivities

Julie Gaillard (Emory U) – Esse ? Percipi ? Referentiality and subjectivity in Footfalls

Will Broadway (U of Wisconsin-Madison) – Holes, orifices, and porous subjectivity in Molloy

Erin C. Mitchell (SUNY Plattsburgh) – Intersubjectivity hurts: torture and company in How It Is

11:45-12:45 Lunch

12:45-2:00 Beckett in/and Modernism

Michael D’Arcy (Saint Francis Xavier U) – Beckett’s fiction and the progress of modernism

James McNaughton (U of Alabama) – Beckett, Adorno, and the aesthetics of guilt

J. P. Riquelme (Boston U) – Beckett’s companionably negative late modernism

2:00-3:15 Keynote

David Lloyd (UC Riverside) – Beckett and Painting

3:15-3:30 Refreshment Break

3:30-4:45 Beckett’s Late Drama

Katherine Weiss (East Tennessee State U) – Traces from a forgotten past: Beckett’s last plays

Graham Saunders (U of Reading) – ‘Breath, Oh! Calcutta! and the sexual revolution

Josh Powell (U of Exeter) – Romanticism and behaviourism in Beckett’s Ghost Trio

4:45-6:00 Degeneration, Ethics and Aesthetics

Seán Kennedy (Saint Mary’s U) – Happy Days: Beckett and the degeneration of form

Rodney Sharkey (Weill Cornell Qatar) – Beckett, Ernie O’Malley and the ethics of aesthetics

Ben Keatinge – (SE European U) ‘In your ruins I find shelter’: Samuel Beckett and Emil Cioran

6:00-7:00 Cash Bar, The Clarendon Sky Deck
Friday, 20 February 2015
8:00-8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-10:00 Voice, Speech, Sound

Emily Fitzwell (U of Cambridge) – Reading sounds-synaesthetic play & the acousmatic in Mirlitonnades

Khaleem Ali (Harvard U) – Beckett and sound studies: a phenomenology of inner speech

Michelle Rada (Brown U) – Deleuze’s images and the crystalline voice of The Lost Ones

Jorge Yangali (UN del Centro del Peru) – Krapp’s Last Tape, or bring to trial theatrical representation

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:45 Beckett Composing/Composing Beckett

Ma’ayan Sela (UC Berkeley) – Composition and bodily de-composition in Molloy

Andrew Key (UC Berkeley) – Doubt, dialectics and bad infinity in Beckett’s manuscripts

José Francisco Fernández (U de Almería) – Notes on a Spanish translation of Texts for Nothing

Ira Nadel (U of British Columbia) – Beckett and the camera

11:45-12:45 Lunch
12:45-2:00 Beckett’s Bodies

Cal Revely-Calder (U of Cambridge) – Bodies in choreographed motion

Nadia Louar (U of Wisconsin, Oshkosh) – The Beckettian body, or life as a pensum

Amanda Dennis (Columbia U) – Compulsive bodies, creative bodies: Beckett and agency

2:00-3:15 Roundtable: Beckett and the Digital Humanities

Michael Simeone (Arizona State U), Mark Nixon (U of Reading), Dirk Van Hulle (U of Antwerp)

3:15-3:30 Refreshment Break

3:30-4:45 Beckett in/and Philosophy

Dominic Walker (U of Sussex) – Beckett, property and materialism

Hannah Simpson (Boston U) – Beckett’s Schopenhauer: suicide and vedantic Hinduism

Scott Hamilton (UC Dublin) – ‘In the dim light’: archaeoastronomy in Beckett’s Ill Seen Ill Said

4:45-6:00 History, Politics, Authority

Steven Dilks (U of Missouri-Kansas City) – ‘Quelle catastrophe!’

Katherine Da Cunha Lewin (U of Sussex) – ‘Two elements of a tandem reality’

Natalie Leeder (Royal Holloway, U of London) – Endgame and universal history

6:30-10:00 Reception, Banquet, and Concert at the Arizona Irish Cultural Center

Featuring Morton Feldman’s Samuel Becket, Words & Music

Performed by Simone Mancuso and ensemble


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