Design: Rhys Tranter

The London Beckett Seminar at the Institute of English Studies will bring together national and international scholars, researchers and postgraduates to discuss issues arising from the prose, theatre and poetry of Samuel Beckett that pertain to aspects of literary, philosophical and historical analysis with particular attention to translation studies, performance and practice, digital humanities and visual cultures. Inherently interdisciplinary in approach, the seminar will establish a vibrant research network for postgraduate students, early-career researchers, and established academics on a national and international level.

Seminar Schedule

9 September 2016 (Friday) ‘lovely beyond words’: Valuing Beckett
Prof Rónán McDonald (University of New South Wales)
IES, Room 243, 6pm-8pm.
7 October 2016 (Friday) Wordly Corrasion: Philology and Narrative in Worstward Ho
Dr Mark Byron (University of Sydney)
IES, Room 243, 6pm-8pm.
11 November 2016 (Friday) ‘void cannot go’: Trauma and Actor Process in the Theatre of Samuel Beckett
Dr Nicholas Johnson (Trinity College Dublin)
IES, Room G22, 6pm-8pm.
9 December 2016 (Friday) From Murphy’s ‘microcosmopolitans’ to Castro’s ‘micro-mensajes’: Metropolitan, National and Ontological Dislocations, with screening of Castro, by Alejo Moguillansky
Prof Garin Dowd (University of West London)
IALS, Council Chamber, 4pm-8pm.
20 January 2017 (Friday) Title to be Announced
Dr Daniela Caselli (University of Manchester)
IES, Room 234, 6pm-8pm.
10 February 2017 (Friday) Beckett and Speculative Realism
Dr Conor Carville (University of Reading)
IES, Room 234, 6pm-8pm.
10 March 2017 (Friday) Words + Music, Beckett & Bowie: The 12-Inch Remix
Dr Rodney Sharkey (Weill-Cornell University)
IES, Room 234, 6pm-8pm.
21 April 2017 (Friday) Bilingual Beckett
Dr Nadia Louar (University of Wisconsin)
IES, Room 243, 6pm-8pm.


Dr Derval Tubridy is Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Pro-Warden for Research and Enterprise at Goldsmiths, University of London. Author of Thomas Kinsella: The Peppercanister Poems (2001), and editor of a special edition of Irish Studies Review (16/3, 2008), she has published extensively on Samuel Beckett at the intersection between literature, philosophy and art. Her research has been funded by the Fulbright Commission and by the British Academy. She is currently working on a book on Beckett and contemporary art. She can be contacted at [Staff Page]

Stefano Rosignoli holds degrees in Modern Literature and Publishing, and is a PhD candidate at Trinity College, Dublin. His current research project focuses on a comparative textual analysis of the ethics of James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. Together with Mark Byron, he has edited a dossier on Beckett and the Middle Ages for inclusion in a celebratory issue marking the 40th anniversary of the Journal of Beckett Studies (25.1). He has also contributed to a collection of essays on Beckett and BBC Radio, to be published by Palgrave in 2016. He can be contacted at

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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