University of Warwick · 28 July – 1 August, 2014
Samuel Beckett in London, taking a break with the San Quentin Drama Workshop. Left to right: David Hare, Alan Mandell, Samuel Beckett and friend.

‘Call for Papers’
Samuel Beckett Working Group
University of Warwick
28 July – 1 August, 2014

The Samuel Beckett Working Group (SBWG) will be meeting at the FIRT/IFTR International Federation for Theatre Research World Congress

Papers to be presented at the SBWG are distributed and read by all the participants ahead of the meeting. At the SBWG session presenters give short resumes of their work, followed by a lengthy discussion period (each presenter has 45 minutes in all). 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 encouraged to engage in the discussions during the sessions.

The Working Group topic will be:
‘Levels of Imagery (audio and/or visual) in Samuel Beckett’s Drama.

Some ideas on how to approach the topic:

  • Levels of interpretation and/or levels of audience response to performance images;
  • Levels of conformity with or deviation from stage directions;
  • Images that respond to pre-existing performances, such as those in earlier productions of Beckett’s drama, to other theatre genres, to other playwright’s work or to other mediums (e.g. from adaptations from page or radio to the stage).

Do get in touch with Julie Campbell ( if you have any questions.

If you are interested in joining the Working Group you need to upload your abstract to the Cambridge Journals Online pages where you will also be prompted to join or renew your membership of IFTR. This has to be done by 15 January 2014, otherwise their paper cannot be accepted for the conference. For more information:

Deadline Extended: 31 January 2014

Warwick will send acceptance emails by 21 February. The reason for the early deadline is a) so that all delegates have a fair chance of getting their preferred accommodation on campus which opens (along with registration) on 1 March 2014 b) to ensure there is adequate time for delegates to apply for Visas, as the UK Visa system can take several months for these to be processed.

Papers (length 5,000 words) are to be distributed by the end of May, 2013.

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 is a personal journal offering commentary and analysis across literature, film, music, and the arts.

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