Programme


Your day-to-day guide to what's happening at the Conference:

Day 1: Wednesday | 2: Thursday | 3: Friday | 4: Saturday | 5: Sunday

Please note: The John Minihan Photographic Exhibition opens at the Gallery and Demonstration Space at The Ron Cooke Hub on Thursday 16 June and will run until Sunday June 26.

Day One: Wednesday 22 June 2011
20.00 - 21.20 Public Event, Wentworth College, Dixon Studio Theatre
Gare St Lazare Players perform First Love (ticketed)
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Day Two: Thursday 23 June 2011
09.30 - 11.00 Registration and coffee, Foyer
11.00 - 11.30 Welcome and Opening Remarks, Bowland Auditorium
11.30 - 13.00 Academic Keynote, Bowland Auditorium, Humanities Research Centre, Berrick Saul Building
Jean-Michel Rabaté (University of Pennsylvania), “Beckett's Three Critiques”
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch, Foyer
14.00 - 15.30 Panels (Session A: each session consists of at least four panels with three papers per panel)
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 - 17.30 Panels (Session B)
18.00 - 19.30 Public Event, Physics Building, Lecture Theatre P/X/001
Reading by John Banville followed by an interview and book signing
(Entry guaranteed for delegates)
20.00 - 21.20 Public Event, Wentworth College, Dixon Studio Theatre
Gare St Lazare Players perform First Love (ticketed)
Sessions
Panel Session A:

A1: Philosophy
Bowland Auditorium, Humanities Research Centre
  • Dr. Matthew Feldman (University of Northampton, UK), “Beckett and Windelband”
  • Prof. Steven Matthews (Oxford Brookes University, UK), “Beckett and Berkeley”
  • Pavneet Kaur Munjal (University of Northampton, UK), “Interpreting Emptiness: An Archival Perspective on Beckett, Schopenhauer, and Buddhism”
A2: Watt?
Treehouse, Humanities Research Centre
  • Prof. Seán Kennedy (Saint Mary’s University, Canada), “History and Philosophy in the Watt Manuscripts”
  • Dr. Claire Lozier (University of Leicester, UK), “Watt’s Archive Fever”
  • Dr. Rodney Sharkey (Weill-Cornell Medical College, Qatar), “What? Watt? Where? And the Issue of Rising Damp”
A3: Translation I
Langwith College, L/047
  • Prof. Nadia Louar (University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, USA), “Does ‘Bilingual’ Equal ‘A-National’? Recovering Beckett’s Literary Identity”
  • Dr. Sinéad Mooney (National University of Ireland, Galway), “Beckett, Translation, and the ‘Grey Canon’”
A4: The Arts - Music and More
BSB/008, Humanities Research Centre
  • Dr. Catherine Laws (University of York, UK), “Creative Accounting: Beckett and the Re-Imagining of Musical Authority”
  • Chris Morrison (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA), “Beckett’s Aesthetic of Inaudibilities”
  • Dr. Carla Taban (University of Toronto, Canada), “Beckett in Contemporary Canadian Art, 1990-2010”
A5: Alternative Archives
BSB/007, Humanities Research Centre
  • Julie Bates (Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland), “Beckett’s Greatcoats: Paternal Museums”
  • Dr. Garin Dowd (University of West London, UK), “‘What matter who is speaking?’: Archaeologies of Knowledge in Beckett Scholarship”
  • Dr. Maebh Long (Durham University, UK), “Beckett and the Hedgehog”

Panel Session B:

B1: Legacies I - Coetzee, Shepard, Stoppard
Bowland Auditorium, Humanities Research Centre
  • Prof. Peter Boxall (University of Sussex, UK), “Cylinders and Laboratories: Beckett and Coetzee Out of the Archive”
  • Prof. Hersh Zeifman (York University, Canada), “Three Men in A Boat: Stoppard, Beckett, and the Ghost of Arnold Geulincx”
  • Prof. Toby Zinman (University of the Arts, Philadelphia, USA), “American Sam”
B2: Wasting Away
Treehouse, Humanities Research Centre
  • Dr. Peter Fifield (University of Oxford, UK), “‘Don't squander all your words for the day’: Beckett's Waste”
  • Dr. Jeremy Parrott (University of Szeged, Hungary), “Bing and Nothingness: The Last Named Agonist in Beckett’s Fiction”
  • Dr. Laura Salisbury (Birkbeck College, University of London, UK), “Bulimic Beckett: Food for Thought”
B3: Notebooks
Langwith College, L/047
  • Elsa Baroghel (University of Oxford, UK), “The Source and the Draft: An Insight into Beckett’s Dramatic Technique”
  • Anastasia Deligianni (Université Paris VIII, France), “Beckett, The Archetypal Archivist”
  • Dr. Rina Kim (University of Auckland, New Zealand), “Beyond the Archive: The Case of Beckett’s ‘Psychology Notes’”
B4: Badiou and Deleuze
BSB/008, Humanities Research Centre
  • Dr. Andrew Conio (University of Wolverhampton, UK), “The Depths of Chronos and the Infinite Speed of Aion: Time Grasped Twice in Beckett’s Plays”
  • Dr. Jonathan Lahey Dronsfield (University of Reading, UK), “Beckett as Archive of Wandering”
  • Dr. María Jesús López Sánchez-Vizcaíno (University of Córdoba, Spain), “Beckett, Badiou, and the Subtraction from the Community”
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Day Three: Friday 24 June 2011
09.30 - 11.00 Panels (Session C)
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 - 13.00 Academic Keynote, Vanbrugh College, Lecture Theatre V/045
Lois Overbeck (Emory University), 'Audience of Self versus Audience of Readers' 
13.00 - 16.00 Lunch and viewing of Beckett in Photographs, an exhibition by John Minihan.
Followed by the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project Launch, with co-directors Dr. Dirk Van Hulle and Dr. Mark Nixon. Wine reception sponsored by University Press Antwerp, a division of Academic & Scientific Publishers.
Ron Cooke Hub, Heslington East
16.00 - 17.30 Panels (Session D)
18.00 - 19.30 Public Event, Central Hall
Reading by J. M. Coetzee (entry guaranteed for delegates)
20.00 - 21.20 Public Event, Wentworth College, Dixon Studio Theatre
Gare St Lazare Players perform The End (ticketed)
Sessions

Panel Session C:

C1: Sight and Sound
Bowland Auditorium, Humanities Research Centre
  • Dr. Conor Carville (University of Reading, UK), “Beckett, Modernism, and Post-War Visual Art”
  • Prof. Felicia McCarren (Tulane University, USA), “Anticipating Godot? Beckett and the Cinema Archive”
  • Dr. Anthony Paraskeva (University of Dundee, UK), “Beckett, Alain Resnais, and French Modernist Cinema”
C2: Performing Patterns workshop
Treehouse, Humanities Research Centre
  • Jonathan Heron (Artistic Director, Fail Better Productions and University of Warwick, UK) and Dr. Rosemary Pountney (Actor and University of Oxford, UK), “Performing Patterns: Archival Knowledge and Theatrical Play”
C3: Politics Then and Now
Langwith College, L/047
  • Dr. Matthijs Engelberts (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands), “Moving Left: Claiming Beckett in the Contemporary Political Arena”
  • Prof. Adam Piette (University of Sheffield, UK), “Beckett, Sartre, and the French Cold War”
  • Dr. Paul Sheehan (Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia), “Waiting for Nothing: Resistance, Commitment and Godot’s Underground Ancestry”
C4: Topography
BSB/008, Humanities Research Centre
  • Michael Bates (University of Sheffield, UK), “A Greener Beckett: The Critical Diversity of Modernism”
  • Prof. Nels Pearson (Fairfield University, USA), “‘the livid canal’ and ‘the mind annulled’: Location and Dislocation in Early Beckett”
  • Feargal Whelan (University College Dublin, Ireland), “‘Gazing straight before him through the anti-dazzle windscreen’: The Young Anglo-Irishman’s Difficulty with Irish Landscapes”
C5: Digital Humanities
BSB/007, Humanities Research Centre
  • Dr. Mark Byron (University of Sydney, Australia), “The Digital Arm of the Archive and the Status of Beckett’s Texts”
  • Ethan Hon (Colombia University, USA), “‘It is easier to raise a shrine than to bring the deity down to haunt it’: Beckett in the Blogosphere
  • Sonja Jankov (University of Novi Sad, Serbia / Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic), “It interacts because it cannot otherwise: Passive Voice in The Unnamable and Hypertext”

Panel Session D:

D1: Across Markets and Genres
Bowland Auditorium, Humanities Research Centre
  • Prof. Stephen Dilks (University of Missouri - Kansas City, USA), “Samuel Beckett in the Literary Marketplace”
  • Dr. Nicholas Johnson (Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland), “A Theatre of the Unword: Evental Texts and Textual Events”
  • Dr. Mark Nixon (University of Reading, UK), “‘dirty little exercise-books’: Beckett's Manuscripts in the Marketplace”
D2: Epistemology and History
Treehouse, Humanities Research Centre
  • Dr. Kumiko Kiuchi (Konan Women’s University, Japan), “Beckett, A (Mis-)Reader: The Gesture of Ignorance and a Critique of Anthropomorphism in ‘Dante... Bruno. Vico.. Joyce’”
  • Prof. James McNaughton (University of Alabama, USA), “The Limits of the Archive”
  • Dr. David Wheatley (University of Hull, UK), “‘Your papers!’ Archiving Beckett and Beckett’s Archive of the Self”
D3: Beckett’s Joyce
Langwith College, L/047
  • Dr. José Francisco Fernández (University of Almería, Spain), “A Telling Absence: Samuel Beckett and James Joyce’s Ulysses
  • Dr. Alan Graham (University College Dublin, Ireland), “Text or Nothing: Beckett’s Book Reviews and the End of Modernism”
  • Matthias Korn (Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany), “Quadrat I + II = Ulysses + Finnegans Wake
D4: Legacies II – Coetzee
BSB/008, Humanities Research Centre
  • Michael Springer (University of York, UK), “Beckett, Bakhtin, and the Novel Today”
  • Dr. Paul Stewart (University of Nicosia, Cyprus), “Impotence and the Negotiations of Influence: Beckett, Coetzee, and Joyce”
  • Dr. Gilbert Yeoh (National University of Singapore), “Envisioning the Foe in Foe: J.M. Coetzee’s Beckettian Conception of the Novel”
D5: Material Culture
BSB/007, Humanities Research Centre
  • Amanda Dennis (University of California, Berkeley, USA), “Beckett: Architect of the Particular”
  • Dr. Michał Lachman (University of Łódź, Poland), “First Things First: Beckett’s Universe of Objects”
  • Lin Li (National University of Singapore), “‘Nothing is left to tell’: Voice, Image, and Middle Voice in Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape and Ohio Impromptu
Additional Information
(All events take place at the Humanities Research Centre unless otherwise stated)
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Day Four: Saturday 25 June 2011
09.30 - 11.00 Panels (Session E)
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 - 13.00 Academic Keynote, Physics Building, Lecture Theatre PX/001
Professor Linda Ben-Zvi (Tel Aviv University), "Beckett and Disgust: The Body as 'Laughing Matter'"
13.00 - 14.15 Public Event, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall
'Beckett in Music' lunchtime performance (entry guaranteed for delegates)
14.15 - 15.00 Lunch
15.00 - 16.30 Panels (Session F)
17.00 - 18.20 Public Event, Wentworth College, Dixon Studio Theatre
Gare St Lazare Players perform The End ('delegates only' performance for the first 100 registered delegates)
18.20 - 20.00 Free Time
20.00 onwards Conference Dinner, Merchant Taylors' Hall, Aldwark, York, YO1 7BX
Guests of Honour, John Calder and John Minihan (ticketed)
Sessions

Panel Session E:

E1: Reading the Archive in Theory
Bowland Auditorium, Humanities Research Centre
  • Dr. David Houston Jones (University of Exeter, UK; convenor and chair)
  • Prof. Robert Reginio (Alfred University, New York, USA), “Ash Awaits Us: Entering the Archive of Beckett”
  • Dr. Asja Szafraniec (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands), “Exhausted Archives: Time, Movement, and Memory in Beckett”
  • Dr. Katherine Weiss (East Tennessee State University, USA), “Archive Fever, Archive Failure: Exploring the ‘It’ in Beckett’s Theatre”
E2: Contemporaries
Treehouse, Humanities Research Centre
  • Prof. Marc Caplan (Johns Hopkins University, USA), “‘Tea Biscuits, Onepence, and a Critique of Pure Love’: The Politics of Philosophical Passivity in Moyshe Kulbak’s Montik and Samuel Beckett’s Murphy
  • Dr. Katy Masuga (Université Paris IV La Sorbonne, France), “Quotidian Language in Samuel Beckett and Henry Miller”
  • Prof. Yoshiki Tajiri (University of Tokyo, Japan), “Beckett and Wyndham Lewis: The ‘Pseudocouple’ in Modernism”
E3: Science
Langwith College, L/047
  • Dr. Nikolai Duffy (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK), “Samuel Beckett: Physics, Poetics, and Late Modernism”
  • Katherine Ebury (University of York, UK), “‘Matrix of Surds’: The Astronomy of Chaos in Murphy
E4: Figuring Beckett
BSB/008, Humanities Research Centre
  • Prof. Claudia Clausius (King’s University College, University of Western Ontario, Canada), “The Beckett Archive and Modernist Painting and Theatre”
  • Dr. Ulf Dantanus (Gothenburg University, Sweden / University of Sussex, UK), “Form, Deformation, and the Cruciform in Bacon and Beckett”
  • Dr. Derval Tubridy (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK), “Ethics and Aesthetics in Georg Baselitz’s and Samuel Beckett’s Bing
E5: International Reception
BSB/007, Humanities Research Centre
  • Dr. Thierry Robin (Université de Brest, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France), “Oscillating Between Eternal Desire, Laughter, and Absurd Cruelty: The Reception of Beckett in France in 2010”
  • Mirna Sindičić Sabljo (University of Zadar, Croatia), “The Reception of Samuel Beckett in Croatia”
  • Seema Golestaneh (Colombia University, USA), “In Pursuit of Lost Causes: Beckett, Anthropology, and the Impossibility of Knowledge”

Panel Session F:

F1: Modernism
Bowland Auditorium, Humanities Research Centre
  • Dr. Ruben Borg (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel), “Beckettian Ethics: Modernist Time”
  • Dr. Llewellyn Brown (Université Paris Ouest-Nanterre-La Defense, France), “Samuel Beckett: Modernism and the Real”
  • Prof. John Paul Riquelme (Boston University, USA), “The Modernism (or Postmodernism) of Beckett and T.S. Eliot: Negativity, To-and-Fro, and Unheard Footfalls”
F2: Beckett’s Books
Treehouse, Humanities Research Centre
  • Dr. David Addyman (University of Bergen, Norway), “Homo Mensura: Protagoras, Windelband, Burnet, and Molloy”
  • Dr. Emilie Morin (University of York, UK), “Samuel Beckett and Antiquarianism”
  • Dr. Cóilín Parsons (University of Cape Town, South Africa), “Antiquarianism and the Archive in ‘Recent Irish Poetry’”
F3: Translation II
Langwith College, L/047
  • Dr. Anthony Cordingley (Université Paris VIII Vincennes-Saint-Denis, France), “Inferno Lost: Intertextual Poetics and the Wrath of Translation”
  • Prof. Pascale Sardin (Université Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle, France), “‘Scarcely disfigured’: On Beckett’s Translations for This Quarter’s Sept. 1932 ‘Surrealist Number’”
  • Miłosz Wojtyna (University of Gdańsk, Poland), “Company through the Translator’s Eyes”
F4: Radio
BSB/008, Humanities Research Centre
  • Brynhildur Boyce (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK), “‘A terrible wireless has started next door’: The Appropriation of Context in Beckett’s Radio Plays”
  • Dr. Julie Campbell (University of Southampton, UK), “Late Modernism, Beckett, and the BBC Third Programme”
  • Tzu-Ching Yeh (Lancaster University, UK), “Resonating the Holocaust in Traumatic Performance: An Archival Approach to Samuel Beckett’s Radio Plays”
F5: First Stirrings
BSB/007, Humanities Research Centre
  • Ronan Crowley (University at Buffalo, State University of New York, USA), “This Grotesque Comedy: Transmission of the Trinity Lectures”
  • Adam Winstanley (University of York, UK), “‘Dante... Bruno. Vico.. Joyce’: Negating the Danger in Neat Construction”
Additional Information
(All events take place at the Humanities Research Centre unless otherwise stated)
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Day Five: Sunday 26 June 2011
09.30 - 11.00 Panels (Session G)
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 - 13.00 Panels (Session H)
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 Closing Session, Physics Building, Lecture Theatre P/X/001
Sessions

Panel Session G:

G1: Annotating and Editing
Bowland Auditorium, Humanities Research Centre
  • Prof. Chris Ackerley (University of Otago, New Zealand), “‘Primeval mud impenetrable dark’: Towards an Annotation of Comment c'est / How It Is
  • Dr. Derek Alsop (University of Chester, UK), “Textual Variants in Cascando: An Argument for Scholarly Editions of Beckett”
  • Prof. Shane Weller (University of Kent, Canterbury, UK), “The Art of Unwriting: On the Genetic History of The Unnamable
G2: Controversy
Treehouse, Humanities Research Centre
  • Dr. Iain Bailey (University of Manchester, UK), “Pricks and Provocations: Beckett’s Blasphemy”
  • Richard Marshall (Institute of Education, University of London, UK), “Updating Beckett’s Modernity”
  • Dr. David Tucker (University of Sussex, UK), “Behind the Scenes of the Eleutheria Controversy”
G3: Dramaturgy
Langwith College, L/047
  • Dr. Erik Tonning (University of Bergen, Norway), “The Christ disbelieved by Beckett: Christian iconography in Samuel Beckett’s work and dramaturgy’
  • Dr. Tomasz Wiśniewski (University of Gdańsk, Poland), “Beckett - Complicite: Aesthetics, Stage/Page, and Archives”
G4: Globalization
BSB/008, Humanities Research Centre
  • Dr. Mike Frangos (Umeå University, Sweden), “Beckett's Media Archaeology”
  • Prof. Alexander McKee (University of Delaware, USA), “Reading Godot in Ibadan: Femi Osofisan’s Revolutionary Beckett”
  • Arthur Rose (University of Leeds, UK), “The Cosmopolitics of Silence in Texts for Nothing

Panel Session H:

H1: Psychology
Bowland Auditorium, Humanities Research Centre
  • Dr. Elizabeth Barry (University of Warwick, UK), “Vicarious Autology: Beckett, Schizophrenia, and the Self”
  • Dr. Ulrika Maude (Durham University, UK), “‘Laws of Habit’: Beckett and Behaviourism”
  • Martin Thomas (Australian National University), “‘Think, pig!’ Samuel Beckett’s ‘Pseudo-couples’: Schopenhauerian Will and Intellect”
H2: Margins of the Archive
Treehouse, Humanities Research Centre
  • Prof. David Pattie (University of Chester, UK), “‘The following precious and illuminating material...’: Beckett Studies and the Archive”
  • Dr. Dirk Van Hulle (University of Antwerp, Belgium), “Modern Manuscripts: Samuel Beckett’s works between completion and incompletion”
  • Lilyana Yankova (Université Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle, France), “Misspellings and Illegibility in Samuel Beckett’s Letters”
H3: Aesthetics
Langwith College, L/047
  • Prof. Michael D’Arcy (St. Francis Xavier University, Canada), “Stratagems of Unnaming: Beckett, Adorno, and the Novel of Subtraction”
  • Melanie Foehn (University of Kent, UK), “Beckett Reading the NRF: On French Seventeenth-Century Classicism”
  • Dr. Franz Michael Maier (Free University of Berlin, Germany), “‘The Miteinander and the Simultaneous’: Beckett’s Pluralistic Completion of Lessing’s Aesthetics”
H4: The Other
BSB/008, Humanities Research Centre
  • Prof. Jennifer M. Jeffers (Cleveland State University, USA), “Samuel Beckett: Coming Out in the Archive”
  • Dr. Yael Levin (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel), “The Interruption of Writing in Molloy: Sunday Visits From Porlock”
  • Dr. Sarah Sheena (University of York, UK), “Alongside an Ashanti doll, Zulu beaded anklets and girdle from the collection of Nancy Cunard: Samuel Beckett’s Translations for Negro (1934)”
H5: Comedy
BSB/007, Humanities Research Centre
  • Roberta Cauchi Santoro (University of Western Ontario, Canada), “The Paradoxical In-between Space for Desire: Leopardi and Beckett’s Humour”
  • Robert Kiely (Birkbeck College, University of London, UK), “More Pricks Than Kicks as Menippean Satire”
  • Charlie Duncan Saffrey (University of Sussex, UK), “Beckett’s Timing: The Unenviable Stand-up Comedian”
Additional Information
(All events take place at the Humanities Research Centre unless otherwise stated)
Map and directions