old chestnuts”, new occasions
“Sapienza” Università di Roma
[free online event]


*CET times*


10:00-10:15 Welcome

10:15-11:30 Panel 1: Beckett and Italy in the Archive

Olga Beloborodova (University of Antwerp), ‘Beckett’s Collaborative Translations: A Digital Framework for Translingual Intertextuality’

Pim Verhulst (University of Antwerp), ‘From Inferno to Sorrento: Beckett, Radio and the Italia Prize (Prix Italia)’

Davide Crosara (‘Sapienza’ Università di Roma), ‘”c’est l’image la dernière”: Beckett, Novelli and Art as “a leap into the void”.’

11:45-12:45 Keynote

Dirk Van Hulle (University of Oxford), ‘Keepers of Manuscripts: From Petrarch and Ariosto to Beckett’

15:00-16:20 Panel 2: Beckett and the Italian Stage

Stefano Rosignoli (Trinity College Dublin), ‘Samuel Beckett and the International Theatre Festival: On the Venetian Staging of Beckett’s Dramatic Works in French’

Grazia D’Arienzo (Università degli Studi di Salerno), ‘”A theatre of concrete visual images, a theatre of poetic images.” The Staging of “Neither” by the Italian Video-Artistic Group Studio Azzurro’

Stanley E. Gontarski (Florida State University), ‘Beckett’s Dystopian Trilogy, Part I: Lucky’s “Cerebral physiology” and the Irrelevance of Godot’ [Italian version available]

16:30-18:00 Keynote

Annamaria Cascetta (Università Cattolica di Milano), ‘Samuel Beckett e la cultura italiana: dagli scenari danteschi alla scena teatrale degli  anni Duemila’ [In Italian. English version available]


10:30-11:30 Panel 3: Beckett and Temporalities

Douglas Atkinson (Free University of Brussels), ‘”Black Sun Shining on the Nothing New”: Modalities of the Demonic in Beckett and Moravia’

Luigi Pinton (University of Cambridge), ‘“Company’’ Tabucchi, Beckett and Testimony’

11:45-12:45 Keynote

John McCourt (Università di Macerata), ‘”Denti Alligator” or “airtight alligator”: Reading  Dante with Joyce and Beckett’

15:00-16:20 Panel 4: Beckett and Italian Philosophy

Einat Adar (University of South Bohemia), ‘The Berkeley Better Half: Beckett, Berkeley, and Italian Idealism’

Alberto Tondello (University College London), ‘Weakness and Pietas in Gianni Vattimo’s Weak Thought and Samuel Beckett’s “Dante and the Lobster”.’

Mena Mitrano (Ca’ Foscari University Venice), ‘Language After Italian Theory: The Case of Beckett’s Not I.’

16:30-18:00 Keynote

Carla Locatelli (Università di Trento – University of Pennsylvania), ‘Beckett’s Work between “Italianità” and Ingenuity. Whose “Weak Thought”?’

19:00-20:00 Q&A; An Evening with Beckett: Two Short Films by S.E. Gontarski.

Presentation of …but the clouds… (2017) and Beckett on the Baltic (2018) directed by S.E. Gontarski. Followed by Q&A. [participants are invited to watch the two short films prior to the event. Links will be made available to conference participants from 1 May]


11:45-12:45 Keynote

Manfred Pfister (Freie Universität Berlin), ‘Beckett’s Kickoff: Orlando Furioso as Theatre of the Absurd’

15:00-16:45 Panel 5: Beckett, Dante and Beyond

Tommaso Gennaro (Independent scholar), ‘”The Lost Ones” and Botticelli’s Illustrations of Paradise’

Corinna Salvadori Lonergan (Trinity College Dublin), ‘Not I – Purgatorial?’

Daragh O’Connell (University College Cork), ‘”quashed quotatoes”: Samuel Beckett and the Poetics of Analogymongering’

Daniel Raffini (‘Sapienza” Università di Roma), ‘Beckett e Wilcock’ [In Italian. English summary available]

Mario Martino (‘Sapienza’ Università di Roma), Beckett as Troubadour

17:00-18:30 Keynote

Enoch Brater (University of Michigan), ‘Aging with Beckett in Italy and Elsewhere’