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

Stefano Rosignoli received an MA in Modern Literature (2006) and an MPhil in Publishing Studies (2008) from the University of Bologna. He is completing a PhD in English at Trinity College Dublin, with a focus on moral philosophy and twentieth-century Irish literature. Stefano has co-edited a dossier on “Beckett and the Middle Ages” published in the Journal of Beckett Studies (25.1) and, more recently, has authored a chapter on Beckett, copyright and moral rights in Samuel Beckett and BBC Radio: A Reassessment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). He teaches modern literature and theory at Trinity College and University College, in Dublin, and serves as review editor for Variants: The Journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarship. He can be contacted at

Derval Tubridy is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London and Co-Director of the London Beckett Seminar at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. She works on modern and contemporary literature, performance and the visual arts with a particular focus on the intersections between language, materiality and process, and has published widely on Modernism and Irish Studies. Her monograph Samuel Beckett: The Language of Subjectivity is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. She 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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