'Call for Papers'
Samuel Beckett Working Group
Institut del Teatre, Barcelona
22-26 July, 2013
The Samuel Beckett Working Group will be meeting at 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 session presenters give short resumes of their work, followed by a lengthy discussion period (each presenter has 45 minutes in all). This is an extremely effective method, which allows ideas to be discussed, debated and evaluated, with participants suggesting directions for presenters' works-in-progress. There is limited space for presenters, so do get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee a place; 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 in the Twenty-first Century.' This topic covers areas such as:
◊ New experiments in the theatre
◊ Approaches to different media
◊ Adaptations from one medium to another
◊ New challenge to the existing traditions
◊ Historicizing Beckett
◊ Beckett and Music, Visual Art, and Film
◊ New Critical Approaches to Beckett
If your abstract is accepted you will need to submit it to the IFTR. I will get back to you at the beginning of January; the deadline for submission to the IFTR is January 31st 2013 and all abstracts for Working Groups should be sent through the CJO website: http://journals.cambridge.org/iftr
You need to be a current IFTR/FIRT member in order to send an abstract to the IFTR and to be able to attend the conference, so you will need to become a member (if not one already) and pay the membership fees in January before you send in your abstract to IFTR. In March the IFTR organisers will send an acceptance letter which will include some brief information regarding what to do next (registering for conference, preparing lodging, trip, etc). They will ensure that everyone all the abstracts are published in the conference material.
Papers (length 5,000 words) are to be distributed by the end of May, 2013.
For information about the general conference, fees, and housing, check the IFTR 2013 conference website (http://www.firt2013barcelona.org) and also check the Beckett working group page.
'Call for Papers'
Samuel Beckett Working Group
Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo
December 22-23, 2012
This call for papers is for the Working Group meeting taking place at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo on December 23, 2012. This Working Group is collaborated with the Samuel Beckett Research Circle in Japan commemorating its twentieth anniversary.
The Working Group topic will be 'Samuel Beckett in the Twenty-first Century.' This topic covers areas such as
New experiments in the theatre
Approaches to different media
Adaptations from one medium to another
New challenge to the existing traditions
Beckett and Music, Visual Art, and Film
New Critical Approaches to Beckett
A Symposium in French (with English resume) is planned on Saturday afternoon by the Samuel Beckett Research Circle in Japan. Other events related to Beckett's work will be announced later when the details are set.
The Samuel Beckett working group, first convened in 1996, meets every 1–2 years at the IFTR conference. The group provides a forum for discussions of current research approaches in Beckett studies undertaken by scholars around the world. It has consistently had a wide range of international participants from Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, and Asia, and encourages new members from other regions as well.
The group sets topics for each meeting, either adopting the theme of the IFTR conference or focusing on a specific play or theory in the hope of eliciting a lively exchange of ideas. Participants' essays are circulated approximately one month prior to the meeting, and at the actual sessions presenters briefly summarize, but do not read, their papers. Group members then discuss each work in detail for at least 30 minutes, asking questions, offering constructive comments and making suggestions for further research. So far, two books have resulted from this process.
Drawing on Beckett: Portraits, Performances, and Cultural Perspectives. Ed. Linda Ben-Zvi. Tel Aviv: Assaph Books, 2004.
The book contains twenty-one essays by leading Beckett scholars, as well as twenty-four drawings of Beckett by his friend and noted Israeli painter, Avigdor Arikha.
Beckett at 100: Revolving It All. Edited by Linda Ben-Zvi and Angela Moorjani. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
This collection of twenty-two essays is based on, but not limited to, essays presented at the Trinity College, Dublin centenary celebration in April 2006. The Beckett Working Group was invited to feature in the central academic program where approximately 40 papers were presented.
Next Meeting:: TBA
Last Meeting: Munich 2010. The proposed topic was 'New Approaches to Beckett's Television and Radio Dramas'.