Thursday 3 November

08:45               Coffee & registration

09:30               Welcome

09:45               Keynote 1

Matthew Feldman      Beckett’s Nominalist Politics

10:45               Coffee

11:15               Compassion & Violence

Elsa Baroghel              ‘indoor bowers of bliss’: Mental asylums in Samuel Beckett’s works

Andy Wimbush         Beckett’s Transgressive Compassion: How It Is, and the ‘natural order’

Paul Stewart                Molloy, Violence and the Politics of Inclusion

12:45               Lunch

13:45               Capitalism (Chair: Zoe Gosling)

Rodney Sharkey            ‘I am in my mother’s room. It is I who live there now’: Beckett and the Politics of Distance

Llewellyn Brown        Samuel Beckett and the body of the speaking being: Politics for Today

Martin Schauss            ‘Into what nightmare thingness am I fallen?’: The Politics of Matter in Samuel Beckett’s Short Stories

15:15               Coffee

15:45               Sex  

Lloyd Houston                    Samuel Beckett and the Politics of Venereal Disease

Alan Graham                       ‘Abort and blush like new’: eugenics and narrative in Beckett

Giovanna Vincenti           A Portrait of the Artist as Young ‘Postwar Degenerate’ – Samuel Beckett and Max Nordau’s Degeneration

17:00               Coffee

17:20               Keynote 2

Elizabeth Barry                    Beckett, Disability and Performance: The Case of Endgame

18:20               Closing remarks

18:30               Wine reception (Minghella)



Friday 4 November

08:30               Coffee & registration

09:15               Representation and Subjectivity

Galina Kiryushina              ‘This little people of searchers’: Politics of Re-Presentation in The Lost Ones

Thomas Thoelen                ‘the cerebellum on fire’: Beckett and the (Techno)Politics of the Brain

James Little                          ‘First the place, then I’ll find me in it’: Beckett’s Pronouns and the Politics of Confinement

Douglas Atkinson              Silent Sovereignty: Laclau and Beckett on Language and Freedom

11:00               Coffee

11:15               Postcolonial Ireland

Scott Hamilton                   ‘delivering … The Ossianic goods’: Beckett and the Politics of Irish Orientalism

Brendan Dowling              Beckett’s evolving treatment of the subaltern figure in his early prose fiction.

Feargal Whelan                  A coffin full of stones and a submarine: Echo’s Bones and 1930s Irish political mythology

12:30                             Lunch

13:15               Gender (Chair: Trish McTighe)

Kumiko Kiuchi                     Age, Posture, Sexuality: Reading Happy Days in the Light of “Aristotle and Phyllis”

Helen Bailey                        (En)gendering spirit: Beckett’s Eve/Mary Sirens

14:30               Coffee

14:45               Political Events (Chair: Rodney Sharkey)

Matt McFrederick    ‘The air is full of our cries’: Staging Beckett during apartheid in South Africa

Katya Gosteva               Beckett’s Watt as a war-novel and the problem of identity

Natalie Leeder            ‘What is the wrong word the evil spread’: a politics of evil?

Hannah Simpson        Samuel Beckett and the Nobel Catastrophe

16:30               Coffee

16:45                       Keynote 3

Daniela Caselli           Beckett, Gender and the Politics of Humanism

17:45                       Closing remarks

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