The annual Beckett International Foundation research seminar took place on 28 April 2012. Speakers were Yoshiki Tajiri (University of Tokyo), Laura Salisbury (Birkbeck College, University of London), Conor Carville (University of Reading) and Angela Moorjani (University of Maryland). Due to ill health, Adam Winstanley (University of York) was unfortunately unable to give his paper entitled '"A filthy circumstance": the peristaltic rhythm of Molloy'.