Conferences co-organised

‘Beckett and Company’ 2006 Co-organised with Prof. Steven Connor, Dr Laura Salisbury and Tom Mansell. Tate Modern; The London Consortium, Goldsmiths, University of London; Birkbeck, University of London. To listen to the keynote lectures click here:

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UPCOMING ‘The Future State of Ireland’ 17-18 November 2012. Co-organised with Stephanie Feeney. Goldsmiths, University of London

Keynote Lectures and Invited Talks

Institute of Kulturwissenschaft, Humboldt University, Berlin (July 2011) ‘The Sublime at the Intersection of Art and Literature’

University of Reading (2011), Beckett International Foundation Seminar,

‘Bun-Ching Lam’s and Beckett’s Quatre Poèmes/Four Songs: Music, Image, Text’

University of Sussex (June 2010), ‘Beckett, Blanchot, Celan & Philosophy’ conference, ‘Keeping Company with Beckett and Blanchot’

University of Kent (2009), ‘Picturing Language: The Art Book Tradition in Twentieth Century Europe’ Colloquium, ‘Beckett, Johns and the livre d’artiste

University of Trieste (2008), Twelfth Annual Trieste Joyce School, ‘“Tripping in his Wake, I'm wracked”’: Writing Poetry after Joyce'

Gate Theatre, Dublin (2007), Dublin Writer’s Week, ‘Thomas Kinsella: A Poetry Reading’

Teatro Municipal de Sao Luis, Lisbon (April 2006), ‘Samuel Beckett: Visual Theatre’, supported by the Embassy of Ireland

Barbican Theatre, London (April 2006), ‘Beckett on Film’, interview with directors Charles Sturridge and Kieron Walsh

Wake Forest University, North Carolina (March 2006). ”The thing itself”’: Liam Miller and the Dolmen Press’, keynote paper delivered at the opening of the Dolmen Press Archives

W.B.Yeats International Summer School, Sligo (August 2004), ‘The Purgatorial Aspect of Yeats’s and Beckett’s Theatre’

James Joyce Symposium, Dublin (June 2004). Plenary roundtable ‘Joyce, Irish Writing, and the Politics of Form’.

Conference Presentations:

‘Ethics and Aesthetics in Georg Baselitz’s and Samuel Beckett’s Bing’, Samuel Beckett: Out of the Archive Conference, University of York (June 2011)

‘Beckett’s Spectral Silence: A Question of the Sublime”, paper delivered at the ‘Spectral Beckett / Spectres de Beckett’ conference, Paris (April 2009)

‘Beckett and Contemporary Art: Cardiff and Salcedo’, paper delivered at the ‘Beckett et la trace/Beckett’s Traces’ conference, Université Charles de Gaulle, Lille 3 (December 2006)

‘Samuel Beckett and the Contemporary Arts’, keynote paper delivered at Tate Modern as part of the ‘Beckett & Company’ conference organised by Tate Modern, Goldsmiths, Birkbeck and the London Constortium (October 2006)

‘Power, Politics and Polis in Beckett’s What Where’, paper delivered at the ‘100 Years a Dying: Samuel Beckett’ Conference, University College Cork (May 2006)

‘Tom Murphy and Enda Walsh: The Beckett Legacy’, paper delivered at the roundtable on Beckett’s Legacy for Theatre, Goldsmiths College, London (February 2006)

‘“A Hazardous Venture”: The Dolmen Press’, paper delivered at the BAIS, ACIS conference at the University of Liverpool (July 2004)

‘“Tripping in his wake, I’m wracked”: Joyce and Irish Poetry’, paper delivered at the James Joyce Symposium, National College of Ireland, Dublin (June 2004)

‘National identity and urban topography in Joyce’s and Kinsella’s Dublin’, ‘Joyce, Irish Writing, and the Politics of Form’, paper delivered at the ‘Ireland: Space, Text, Time’ conference at The Academy for Irish Cultural Heritages, University of Ulster, Derry (March 2004)

‘Beckett’s Failed Heroism: A “Fair to Middling” Attempt’, paper delivered to the Centre for Irish Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway (March 2004)

‘“Rage, affliction, and outcry”: Place and Politics in Joyce and Kinsella’, paper delivered at the ‘Joyce, Ireland, Britain’ conference, Institute of English Studies, University of London (November 2002)

‘Thomas Kinsella: A Poetry of Passion’, Department of English, Wake Forest University, North Carolina (September 2002)

‘The Aesthetics of Ruptured Visibility: Samuel Beckett’s Rockaby’, paper delivered at the ‘Allusion and Access’ conference, Groupe de Recherches Anglo-Américaines de Tours, Université de Tours (September 2002)

‘Beckett and the Sublime, or, Does Size Matter?’ paper delivered at the ‘Re-reading Beckett’s Late Drama: Aesthetics, Representation, Performance’ conference, Royal Holloway College, University of London (June 2002)

‘The Dolmen Press’, paper delivered at the colloquium on the History of the Irish Book organized by the Research Centre in the History of the Book: Institute of English Studies, University of London (April 2002)

‘Loose Signatures: Samuel Beckett and the Livre d’Artiste’, paper delivered at the British Council Symposium: ‘Seeing Things: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Literature and the Visual’, University of Tours (September 2001)

‘“Littered Uplands. Dense Grass. Rocks everywhere”: Thomas Kinsella’s Poetics of Difficulty’, paper delivered to the Irish Studies Seminar, Institute of English Studies, University of London (November 2000)

‘Dark Waters Churn Amongst Us’: Thomas Kinsella’s Poetry’, University of Salford, Manchester. Conference on ‘Poetry and Poetics into the Twenty-First Century’ (June 2000)

‘The subject doesn’t matter, there is none’: Beckett’s Unnamable’, Birkbeck College, University of London. Conference on Samuel Beckett ‘Different Becketts/Beckett’s Differences’ (June 2000)

‘Elliptical Change of Site: Beckett and the Artist’s Book’, Emory University, Atlanta. Conference on ‘Samuel Beckett and the Visual Text’ (November 1999)

‘Words Pronouncing me Alive: Beckett and Incarnation’, University of Stirling. Conference on ‘Samuel Beckett and Religion’ (September 1999)

“Revisioning Identity: Thomas Kinsella”, International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, Universitat de Barcelona (July 1999)

‘Samuel Beckett, Watt, and Minor Literature’, National University of Ireland, Galway. Conference on ‘Defining Colonies’ (June 1999)

‘Dismembered Texts: Beckett’s Late Corpus’, paper delivered at the ‘Samuel Beckett’s Prose Fragments’ symposium, South Bank University (June 1999)

‘Text into Image: Foirades/Fizzles’, paper delivered to the University of Reading Samuel Beckett Seminar (May 1999)

‘The Peppercanisters’, Institute of English Studies, University of London. Conference on ‘The Irish Book in the Twentieth Century’ (May 1999)

‘Irish Identities in Thomas Kinsella’s Writing’, paper delivered at the ‘Formations, Forms, and Transformations: Irish Identities’ conference, New York University (March 1999)

‘Language, Identity and Literature: Samuel Beckett’, paper delivered at the North Eastern Modern Language Association Convention, Baltimore (April 1998)

Organised The Northwest Irish Studies Group seminar at Manchester Metropolitan University (March 1998)

‘Thomas Kinsella: Out of Ireland’, paper delivered at the Modern Language Association Convention, Washington, D.C. (December 1996)

‘Her Other: the Gaze in Rockaby’, paper delivered at the Twentieth Annual Conference International Association for Philosophy and Literature, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. (May 1996)

‘The Searing Sign: Husserl and Beckett’s Not I’, paper delivered at ‘Text and Presentation’, the Twentieth Annual University of Florida Department of Classics Comparative Drama Conference, University of Florida, Gainesville (March 1996)

‘Quotation, Translation and Contamination in the third fizzle of Samuel Beckett’s and Jasper Johns’ Foirades/Fizzles’, paper delivered at the ‘Applied Derrida’ International Symposium, University of Luton. (July 1995)

‘Watt and the Surface of Sense’, paper delivered at the ‘Linguistic Representations of the Self’ conference, Liverpool University (June 1994)