Universidade de São Paulo • 10-14 July, 2017

The Samuel Beckett Working Group will be meeting at the FIRT/IFTR International Federation for Theatre Research Annual Conference

Papers to be presented at the Working Group are distributed and read by all the participants ahead of the meeting. At the Working Group sessions presenters give short résumés of their work, followed by a lengthy discussion period (each presenter has 30 to 45 minutes in all, depending on the number of presenters). This is an extremely effective method, which allows ideas to be discussed, debated and evaluated, with participants suggesting directions for the presenters’ work-in-progress. It is the Working Group’s aim to make good papers great!

There is limited space for presenters; there will also be a limited space for auditors, who would also be sent the papers to read, and be encouraged to engage in the discussions during the sessions.

The Working Group topic will be ‘Samuel Beckett: Into the Open.’ This topic covers the following areas but is not limited to it:

  • Adaptations of his work in different cultural contexts • New experiments in the theatre, film, and radio
  • Beckett’s artistic process
  • The interplay of mind, psyche and body in his work
  • Historicizing Beckett
  • Beckett and film, visual art, and music
  • New critical approaches to the interpretation of his work • Cross-adaptations from one medium to another

If you are interested in joining the Working Group in São Paulo, please do get in touch; Abstracts should be submitted through the IFTR’s online system, managed by Cambridge Journals. Details will be posted on the IFTR website (http://www.firt-iftr.org/). You need to send a title and a short abstract by 15 February 2017.

For more information please contact the convenors:

  • Dr. Nicolas Johnson (johnson@tcd.ie)
  • Matthias Korn (ennozorn@web.de).

Papers (length 5,000 words) are to be distributed by 01 June 2017.

For information about the general conference, fees, and housing, check the IFTR website <https://www.firt-iftr.org/> also check the Samuel Beckett Working Group page.

We greatly look forward to seeing you in São Paulo!

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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