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The Inaugural Conference of the Samuel Beckett Society -- Phoenix, Arizona; February 19-20, 2015
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Samuel Beckett Society
The Samuel Beckett Society (SBS) announces a Call for Papers for its inaugural conference to be held in collaboration with Arizona State University (ASU) on February 19 and 20, 2015. The first conference of the SBS represents the opportunity to bring together new, emerging, and established perspectives on the Beckett’s writing for a sustained exchange of ideas. In recent years, increased attention has been given to the historical and political dimensions of his work, complementing and sometimes contesting the rich tradition of theoretically driven criticism in Beckett studies. This tradition has continued in new volumes that have reexamined the oeuvre with lenses derived from animal studies, the ethical thought of Emanuel Levinas, and the cinematic writings of Gilles Deleuze, to name only a few examples. The “Beckett and …” phenomenon thus continues apace, as recent book-length studies have coupled the writer with science, the Bible, the modern novel, German literature, Alfred Bion, and Arnold Geulincx. Meanwhile, the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project is well underway, producing an electronic archive of Beckett’s manuscripts, accompanied by volumes analyzing the genesis of each text.
Given the wide array of work now being done in the field, we would like to provide a forum in which Beckett scholars from around the globe can interact and new perspectives on his work can illuminate existing points of view. The conference organizers welcome paper submissions that seek to move Beckett studies forward, especially submissions that locate their positions in relation to broader developments in the field. Specific topics might include, but are not limited to, longstanding concerns about Beckett’s relationship with philosophy, modernism, or postmodernism; or more recent interest in the digital humanities, the archive, and emerging theoretical fields. The conference program is already taking shape: Professor David Lloyd will deliver a keynote address; ASU will present a concert featuring pieces associated with Beckett and his work; and a roundtable session will focus on Beckett and the digital humanities. There will be no parallel sessions, but rather a series of three-presenter panels, to facilitate in-depth engagement and discussion. To be considered for a 20-minute presentation, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to the organizing committee (Patrick Bixby, Gregory Castle, Seán Kennedy, and Mark Nixon) at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 15, 2014. The SBS will offer a bursary to pay travel expenses for one graduate student.