Samuel Beckett Summer School 2016

Trinity College Dublin • 7-13 August 2016

About the School

Now in its sixth 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. 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; 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.

Lectures & Roundtable

  • Rónán McDonald, ‘Beckett and Critique’
  • Angela Moorjani, ‘Beckett’s Containers or What the Archive Tells Us about Beckett and Buddhism’
  • Matthew Feldman, ‘“…suggesting pursuit of knowledge at some period”: On preparing Samuel Beckett’s Philosophy Notes for publication’
  • David Pattie, ‘Other Archives’
  • Nadia Louar, ‘Beckett’s Hauntologies: I say it as I hear it’
  • Catherine Laws, ‘“Headaches Among the Overtones”: Music in the work of Samuel Beckett’
  • Beckett, Politics, the Political, a roundtable chaired by Sam Slote


  • Bilingual Beckett: Nadia Louar  (French helpful but not required)
  • Beckett and Music: Catherine Laws
  • Performance Workshop: Nicholas Johnson & Jonathan Heron
  • Beckett’s Manuscripts: Mark Nixon & Dirk Van Hulle
  • Reading Group: Nohow On: Sam Slote


  • The internationally acclaimed theatre company Pan Pan will present a new work
  • A reading by Olwen Fouéré.
  • A tour of the Beckett Country led by Feargal Whelan
  • Beckett pub quiz, led by Mark Nixon


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Photographs above were taken at Samuel Beckett Summer School 2015.


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