Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett

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.

Work Plan

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. The group has been meeting every year not only at the IFTR conferences but also at submeetings (Southampton and Tokyo in 2012 and Budapest in 2017)since 2010.  So far, two books have resulted from this process and two more books are in the process of publishing.

Publications

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.

Convenors:

Mariko Hori Tanaka:  junsetsuan@orange.plala.or.jp

Nicholas Johnson: johnson@tcd.ie.

Convenors in the past:

Linda Ben-Zvi founded the Samuel Beckett Working Group at the IFTR meeting in  Jerusalem, Israel, in 1996 and convened till the IFTR meeting in Stockholm, 2016. As an honorary convenor, she is supervising new convenors.

The late Julie Campbell convened the IFTR meetings in Osaka, Japan (with Hori Tanaka) in 2011 and in Barcelona in 2013. She also convened a submeeting in Southampton in 2012. A book commemorating her is now in the process of publishing.

Anita Rakoczy organized a submeeting in Budapest, Hungary, in June, 2017. A book compiling the papers delivered at the meeting is now in the process of publishing.

Matthias Korn convened the IFTR meeting in Sao Paolo in July, 2017.   

Next Meeting: Belgrade 2018. The proposed topic is 'Theatre and Migration in Beckett' 

Last Meeting: Sao Paulo 2017. 

Call for Papers Samuel Beckett Working Group 'Theatre and Migration in Beckett', Belgrade, Serbia 9-13 July, 2018

Call for Papers Samuel Beckett Working Group 'Theatre and Migration in Beckett', Belgrade, Serbia 9-13 July, 2018

01 December, 2017 by Mariko Tanaka | 0 comments

Samuel Beckett Working Group will next meet at the Studio-Laboratory for Performing Arts of the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade, Serbia, 9-13, July, 2018. Read more

Call for Papers Samuel Beckett Working Group Universidade de São Paulo 10-14 July, 2017

Call for Papers Samuel Beckett Working Group Universidade de São Paulo 10-14 July, 2017

08 January, 2017 by Mariko Tanaka | 0 comments

The Samuel Beckett Working Group will be meeting at the FIRT/IFTR International Federation for Theatre Research Annual Conference Read more

Call For Papers (1)

Call for Papers

17 December, 2015 by Mariko Tanaka | 0 comments

Building on the discussions during the past few years, which dealt with various performances of Samuel Beckett produced in different cultures and locations, the working group will continue to address how we can bridge productions of Beckett’s theatre in the past to the present, and how we can situate the staging of Beckett’s work in different cultural contexts. In other words, we are interested in the question as to how we can historicise the legacies of productions of Beckett’s theatre, including adaptations of his text. Read more

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