The inaugural meeting took place on Thursday 22 October 1998, when Steven Connor spoke about `Doing Beckett Studies Against the Grain'.
Samuel Beckett: The Geometry of the Imagination' Prof. C J Ackerley (University of Otago)
When? 3-4.30pm, 5th July 2012
Where? Keynes Library, Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square, London. WC1H 0PD
As on previous occasions, the seminar consisted of a talk and a reading and discussion of a particular Beckett text.
Prof Ackerley is editor of Samuel Beckett’s Watt, (London: Faber, 2009), and author of Obscure Locks, Simple Keys: The Annotated Watt. (Tallahassee, Fl: Journal of Beckett Studies Books, 2005), The Grove Press Companion to Samuel Beckett, with Stanley E. Gontarski, (New York: Grove Press New York, 2004), and Demented Particulars: the Annotated Murphy (Tallahassee, Fl.: Journal of Beckett Studies Books, 1998). He has just completed a book on Beckett and science, which is forthcoming from Continuum.
How It Is (1998/1999)
- Our first project was a collective reading of How It Is. To see notes on the meetings which took place in the period up to Christmas 1998, click on the dates below:
- 5 November 1998
- 19 November 1998
- 3 December 1998
- 14 January 1999
`Images of Skin in Beckett - "when I had it still this providential flesh" ' (21 January 1999)
- At the following week's meeting, on January 21st at 3.30 pm, Wilma Siccama gave a paper entitled `Images of Skin in Beckett - "when I had it still this providential flesh" '.
The Lost Ones (1999)
- During 1999, the seminar undertook a reading of The Lost Ones. To see notes on the meetings click on the dates:
- 11th February 1999
- 4th March 1999
- 13th May 1999
- 10 June 1999
- 14th December 1999
- Lost Ones/Dépeupleur Bibliography
H. Porter Abbott's Beckett Writing Beckett: The Author in the Autograph (27 May 1999)
- At our meeting on Thursday May 27th 1999, we conducted a group review of two chapters from H. Porter Abbott's Beckett Writing Beckett: The Author in the Autograph (Ithaca, NY and London: Cornell University Press, 1996): 'Beckett and Postmodernism', pp. 23-51 and 'Political Beckett', pp. 127-48.
Embers (26 January 2000)
- We began reading Embers on January 26th, 2000
'The Physics of the Ancient Stoics and Beckett's Late Plays' (8 March 2000)
- On March 8th, 2000, Anthony Uhlmann (University of Western Sydney), author of Beckett and Poststructuralism, gave a paper on 'The Physics of the Ancient Stoics and Beckett's Late Plays'.
The Three Dialogues With Georges Duthuit (2000)
- We began reading The Three Dialogues With Georges Duthuit in April 2000. Notes can be read of the meetings on 8 May 2000 and 31 May 2000.
- 8th May 2000
- 31st May 2000
Worstward Ho (2000)
- We began reading Worstward Ho on 14 June 2000. Notes are also available for:
- 14th June 2000
- 28th June 2000
- 12th July 2000
- 27th July 2000
- 29th May 2001
- We began reading the Fizzles on 5 November 2003.
- 5th November 2003
- 3rd December 2003
- 21st January 2004
- 26th February 2004
- 24th March 2004
- 23th June 2004
- Notes on Fizzle Order
Beckett and Badiou: The Pathos of Intermittency (February 2005)
- Andrew Gibson (Royal Holloway) presented work from his forthcoming book Beckett and Badiou: The Pathos of Intermittency (Oxford University Press, 2007)
Beckett and Company (2005/2006)
- In 2005-6, the London Beckett seminar held a series of talks to complement 'Beckett and Company: A Centenary Conference of Samuel Beckett and the Arts'.
- December 2005, Catherine Laws (Dartington College) presented research on the relationship between Beckett and the composer and Richard Barrett
- 3 May 2006, David Cunningham (University of Westminster) presented research on 'Beckett and Minimalism: Concepts in Literature and the Arts'.
Beckett And... (2006/2007)
- In 2006-7, the seminar read texts by authors who could be considered to be writing in the wake of Beckett:
- 30 November 2006, the seminar read and discussed J. M. Coetzee's Life and Times of Michael K.
- 21 February 2007, the seminar read and discussed Thomas Bernhard's The Loser.
- 4 July 2007, Peter Boxall presented work from his forthcoming book Since Beckett: Contemporary Writing in the Wake of Modernism (Continuum, 2008) on the relationship between Beckett and Don DeLillo.
Beckett International Foundation in Reading (2008-9)
- In 2008-9 the London Beckett Seminar held a series of talks in conjunction with the Beckett Internation Foundation in Reading.
- December 2008, Birkbeck: Prof Andrew Gibson (Royal Holloway): '"'E don't look rightly human to me": Murphy, London and Irish Migration'.
- March 2009, University of Reading: Dr Ulrika Maude (Durham): 'Penicillin and Succedanea: Beckett and Medical Culture'
Beckett Seminars 2011
- Wednesday 26th October 2011 Insomnia, Melancholia and Waste in The Unnamable - Dr Deborah Pike (University of Notre Dame, Australia)
- Wednesday November 23 2011 Cybernetics and/as Critical Theory - Dr Seb Franklin (Anglia Ruskin University)
Beckett and Brain Science, April 27 2012
AHRC-Funded Symposium, University of Reading
This symposium was supported by the London Beckett Seminar and hosted by Birkbeck.
Beckett and Brain Science - June 22, 2012
This AHRC-funded project brings together literary scholars, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, cognitive neuroscientists, neuropsychologists, and philosophers to explore the ways in which historical and contemporary models of the brain and mind can contribute to our understanding of Samuel Beckett’s work. The project also uses Beckett’s texts as case studies to investigate the ways in which aesthetic representations can offer insights into the experience of neurological and psychological disorder, while asking rigorous, philosophically robust, questions about the relationship between mind and body. By encouraging dialogue between scientific researchers, literary scholars, theatre practitioners, and trainee medics, the project hopes to extend our understanding of the relationship between medical science and literature, while also having a positive impact on patient care. This event is part of the AHRC Science in Culture ‘Beckett and Brain Science’ exploratory project, shared between Birkbeck, Reading University, and Warwick University.
Download the full programme here.