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

Friday, 10 November 2017, 6-8pm Dr Emilie Morin (University of York), “Beckett and Political Activism”; IES, room 234.
Friday, 8 December 2017, 6-8pm
Prof Jonathan Bignell (University of Reading), “Comédie (1966): Performing Film and Adapting Play”; IES, room 243.
Friday, 12 January 2018, 6-8pm Dr Trish McTighe (University of Birmingham), “The Disjunctive Event: Reading Festivals with Beckett”; IES, room 243.
Friday, 9 March 2018, 6-8pm Prof Daniela Caselli (University of Manchester), “Insufferable: Gender and Sexuality in the Work of Samuel Beckett”; IES, room 243.
Friday, 6 April 2018, 6-8pm Dr Sam Slote (Trinity College Dublin), “Beckett – Artaud – Namelessness in More than One Language”; IES, room 243.
Friday, 11 May 2018, 6-8pm Dr Sinéad Mooney (De Montfort University), “Delirium of Interpretation: Beckett and Outsider Art”; IES, room 243.

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Marc Farrant is a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London. His current research project focuses on the works of Samuel Beckett and J.M. Coetzee. He has published in Textual Practice, The Times Literary Supplement and numerous other publications, and is a Senior Editor at the online literary website, Review 31. He is co-convenor of the international conference “Coetzee & the Archive” (October 2017). He can be contacted at

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 and photographer based in Cardiff, Wales, UK. 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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