Colloques À venir // Upcoming Conferences

Cette page rassemble les colloques à venir dans le monde beckettien. Limit(e) Beckett n'est pas responsable pour ces colloques, sauf indication contraire.

This page publishes details of conferences throughout the world of Beckett scholarship. Limit(e) Beckett is not involved in the organisation of these conferences unless otherwise stated.

London Modernism Seminar: Modernism and Disability
Senate House, London, 5 November 2011

Beckett and the 'State' of Ireland
University College Dublin, 13-14 July 2012


London Modernism Seminar: Modernism and Disability

Meeting of the London Modernism Seminar, featuring papers on Beckett
Senate House (South) G37, London
4 November 2011

Laura Salisbury (Birkbeck), Aphasic Modernism: Language in transition
This paper is concerned with the ‘Revolution of the Word’, but its aim is to show that Eugene Jolas’s famous modernist declaration of the necessity and the formation of a ‘twentieth-century word’, benefits from being understood in relation to a broader revolution in the idea of language. Using the works of James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, Bob Brown, and others that Jolas gathers under transition’s banner headlines, this paper explores the possibility that the revolution of the word, and its emphasis on materiality in particular, is part of a more thoroughgoing reconfiguration of the idea of language that emerges from neurology and the psychoanalysis that follows it. As the idea of language as a product of a fragile, easily damaged, material brain becomes scientific orthodoxy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, literature finds itself producing a suggestively analogous revolution in writing and reading – a revolution that seeks to redefine the relationship between meaningful language and the ‘noise’ from which it can never finally be separated.

Ulrika Maude (Reading), Convulsive Aesthetics: Beckett, Charcot and Chaplin
This paper will begin by exploring the impact of Charcot's studies in hysteria and epilepsy on early twentieth-century popular and performance culture. Specifically, it will consider the ways in which performance culture responds to research at the Salpêtrière Hospital into such disorders as epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, Tourette’s syndrome and ambulatory automatism. It will argue that Samuel Beckett's convulsive aesthetics should be situated within the wider context of these medical discoveries, and will analyse the ways in which corporeal automatism informs Beckett’s approach to language.

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Beckett and the 'State' of Ireland

University College Dublin
13-14 July 2012

“Famous throughout civilised world and Irish Free State” - Murphy

“Somewhere on the Ballyogan Road in lieu of nowhere in particular” - Company

Samuel Beckett’s relationship to his native country continues to be one of the most exciting areas within Beckett studies, evident in the growing number of publications dealing with this concern and in the enthusiastic responses to this year’s UCD Beckett and the State of Ireland Conference and the inaugural Samuel Beckett Summer School held at Trinity College. Following the success of the 2011 conference, the organisers of Beckett and the State of Ireland are pleased to announce that the event will take place in 2012 on Friday July 13 and Saturday July 14.

This year’s conference demonstrated the richness and variety of work being undertaken in relation to the Irish Beckett, especially concerning Beckett’s Irish Protestant background, the role of Irish myth in Beckett’s work and the negotiation in the early texts of the political and social life of the Irish Free State. In the hope of developing these and other discussions, the organisers invite papers from graduate researchers and professional scholars concerning all facets of Beckett’s relationship to Ireland. A central objective of the conference is to facilitate an interface between understandings of Beckett in Irish studies and those which circulate in the Beckett community. In particular, we welcome papers which address how Beckett’s Irishness influences the international nature of his work.

Topics may include but are not restricted to:

Beckett and Nation
Beckett and Bilingualism / Translation
Beckett and Franco-Irish Studies
Beckett and Contemporary Ireland
Beckett’s Influence
Beckett and Diaspora
Beckett and the Revival
Teaching the Irish Beckett

Abstracts not exceeding 300 words for 20 minute papers should be emailed to: The deadline for proposals is Friday February 24, 2012.

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