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Samuel Beckett Summer School 2018

Sunday, 29 July – Friday, 3 August 2018

Samuel Beckett Summer School 2018

Now in its eighth year, the Samuel Beckett Summer School provides a unique experience for students, scholars and lovers of Beckett’s works. Each year we invite the world’s foremost Beckett scholars to present new lectures and seminars on all aspects of Beckett’s works. The School appeals to a wide range of Beckett enthusiasts by providing the opportunity to experience, savour and study Beckett’s works in the university where he began his intellectual life.

The Summer School is different from an academic conference in that it is not purely a gathering by specialists for other specialists. Instead, we aim to engage and explore Beckett’s works from a variety of different perspectives in order to examine and re-examine Beckett’s evolving legacy and relevance. The aim of the Summer School is to look at Beckett in an open and pluralist fashion and to consider all of the numerous contexts of his work that are of interest both to the scholar and to the general reader.

The Samuel Beckett Summer School offers a full week of learning and is complemented by social and cultural events each evening.

Each morning will feature one or two lectures by leading Beckett scholars, or a special roundtable plenary event. In the afternoons we run our week-long seminars. Each student chooses one of four seminars and stays with that seminar for the full week. Seminars include: Beckett’s Manuscripts; a Reading Group (the specific texts may change each year); Performance Workshop/Samuel Beckett Laboratory; and at least one special seminar whose topic will change each year (past examples include ‘Beckett and Deleuze’, 'Beckett and Dante', and ‘Beckett and Irish Culture, 1929–1949’). The range of seminar topics is meant to reflect the diverse ways in which Beckett’s works can be approached, and are run by experts in those particular areas.

In addition to the academic programme, we offer a range of activities, including social events, performances, field trips, an opening reception and a closing banquet. We encourage all of our speakers to attend our social events and discuss Beckett in more informal settings. Some of our additional events are open to the public and some are exclusive to participants of the Summer School.

Please email with enquiries.

Julie Bates
Linda Ben-Zvi
Anthony Cordingley
Georgina Nugent-Folan
Pim Verhulst
Feargal Whelan

Plenary Panel:
Beckett and Disability (Siobhán Purcell, Julie Bates, Jonathan Heron, Declan Treanor)

The Philosophy of How It Is(Anthony Cordingley)
Beckett and the Contemporary Female (Georgina Nugent-Folan)
Beckett’s Manuscripts (Mark Nixon & Dirk Van Hulle)
Performance Workshop/Samuel Beckett Laboratory
(Nicholas Johnson & Jonathan Heron)
Reading Group – The Trilogy (Sam Slote)

Company SJ presents a special preview of
COMPANY by Samuel Beckett

Beckett Pub Quiz (Mark Nixon)

Additional Public Programme events, including Public Lecture, "In Conversation" session, Tour of the Beckett Country, and a special film screening will be announced in May 2018.

Student Symposium: 5 August 2018
The 2018 Summer School will host an additional symposium featuring research and discussion by participants in the school, on the Sunday following the activities of the school (5 August 2018). We hope that this enhances the opportunity for current students and researchers to engage and reflect on their activities, and is the first step toward making the Summer School a credit-bearing course. Please contact for enquiries related to the symposium, or express your interest on the registration form.

APPLY NOW: email for 2018 Application Form.

2018 Public Programme of the Beckett Summer School
Vertical Thoughts 2 by Morton Feldman
A Concert and Conversation with Sarah Sew
Tuesday 31 July, 6 PM - 7 PM
Boydell Recital Room, House 5, Department of Music
Eventbrite link:
Beckett and Disability
Public Panel and Conversation
Wednesday 1 August, 11 AM - 1 PM
Neill Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub
Tour of the Beckett Country
Guided by Dr Feargal Whelan
Wednesday 1 August, 2 PM - 6 PM
Meet at Pavilion Bar for bus tour
Behind the Scenes: Beckett in the City
In conversation with Company SJ
Friday 3 August, 12 PM - 1 PM
Neill Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub
See more about the Samuel Beckett Center

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Creative Arts Practice
Event Category: Arts and Culture, Conferences, Lectures and Seminars, Public, Workshops and Training
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public

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