CFP Samuel Beckett Working Group, Hyderabad 2015

13 January, 2015

Call for Papers: Samuel Beckett Working Group
IFTR / FIRT Conference, Hyderabad, India, 5-10 July 2015

General Working Group Theme, 2015
“International Becketts”


The Samuel Beckett Working Group will meet during the upcoming IFTR / FIRT conference in Hyderabad, India, 5-10 July 2015 (see the general conference call for papers at for full details). Drawing on the existing strengths and interests of the working group that have emerged from the last several meetings in Warwick, Barcelona, Southampton, and Tokyo, we invite papers that connect to our broad current topic of “International Becketts.” This short title refers to the plurality of practices and theories of Beckett’s work that have emerged across national, linguistic, and cultural lines, including many activities of production and reception beyond the regions and languages in which he lived and first achieved recognition. Given the theme and location of the 2015 IFTR / FIRT Conference, we particularly welcome papers exploring Beckett productions or Beckett’s legacy in India’s regions or languages, as well as studies examining Beckett’s relationship to politics, especially democracy, in different national contexts. We envision exploring this broad topic over several meetings of the working group, engaging the large number of regions and languages represented by our members, and using this focus to pursue future publications in this area.

Scholars and students who have not previously attended the Samuel Beckett Working Group are particularly encouraged to submit abstracts. If you are an IFTR member attending the conference who may be interested in joining the group in the future but have either submitted to a general panel or a different working group, please contact the convenor for permission to attend as a listener.

Presentation Format

Continuing the methodology for the working group as developed by Linda Ben-Zvi, Mariko Hori Tanaka, and Julie Campbell, complete papers (maximum length 5000 words) are circulated six weeks in advance of the working group’s meeting. A schedule for presenters is developed that allows at least 30 minutes of time for discussion of each paper. Authors are asked not to give a full reading of the submitted paper, but rather a summary of key points, issues, or questions in the work to guide the discussion.


Abstracts are due on 31 January 2015. Participants are invited to submit abstracts (250 words) through the abstract submission page at, selecting “Samuel Beckett Working Group” when they go through the process. Submitters must already be members of IFTR, and late submissions cannot be accepted by the organisers. There is more information about abstract submissions online at

If your abstract is accepted by the conference and the working group convenor, then you will be asked to send in your paper to the list of all attending Working Group members no later than 22 May 2015. This lead-time will allow all working group members to prepare adequately by reading all submissions.

Convenor and Contact

The convenor for the 2015 Hyderabad meeting is Nicholas Johnson (Trinity College Dublin), who can be reached at Please send queries about this meeting or other working-group related enquiries directly to him.

Please feel free to circulate the attached PDF of this call widely to your own networks.


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