25th Anniversary of the Beckett International Foundation

As part of a range of activities taking place across 2013 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Beckett International Foundation, the Departments of Film, Theatre and Television and English Literature are hosting a four-day International Beckett Conference, which will take place in the Minghella Building at the University of Reading from 4-7 April 2013.

The Beckett International Foundation was set up as a charitable trust in 1988 by Emeritus Professor James Knowlson with the support of Samuel Beckett, and the University of Reading as Trustee. The Foundation serves the international Beckett community through its publications, conferences and related events. In particular, the Beckett International Foundation administers the Beckett Collection; originating in the Samuel Beckett Exhibition of 1971, it is open to anyone interested in Beckett’s life and work. Together with the University’s James and Elizabeth Knowlson Collection, the Foundation’s Beckett Collection forms the largest archive of Beckett materials in the world.

Call for Papers

Extended deadline: 8 February 2013

We are inviting papers (in English and in French) in all areas of Beckett Studies – the only criterion is that essays make a significant contribution to the field. While the call is open, we do welcome abstracts that draw on the Beckett archives at Reading and elsewhere; or address the 60th Anniversary of the première of En attendant Godot; or reflect upon the current state of Beckett Studies, and map out future areas of research.

A selection of papers delivered at the ‘Beckett at Reading 2013’ conference will be published in a special issue of Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd’hui.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words, together with a brief CV, are to be sent to Dr Mark Nixon (beckettfoundation@reading.ac.uk) by 8 February 2013; successful applicants will be informed by 11 February 2013.

Registration & Contact Information

Registration will open in late January / early February 2013:

‘Beckett at Reading 2013’ website – www.beckettfoundation.org.uk

All queries to be sent to Dr Mark Nixon (beckettfoundation@reading.ac.uk)

Posted by:Rhys Tranter

Rhys Tranter is a writer based in Cardiff, Wales, UK. He is the author of Beckett's Late Stage (2018), and his work has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, The Spectator, and a number of books and periodicals. He holds a BA, MA, and a PhD in English Literature. His website RhysTranter.com is a personal journal offering commentary and analysis across literature, film, music, and the arts.

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