The Beckett International Foundation at the University of Reading is pleased to announce that the 32. Beckett Research Seminar will take place on Saturday, 6 November 2021.

The event will be held in Minghella Studios, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading.

As in previous years, our speakers represent a mixture of early career researchers as well as established scholars, local and international, reflecting current research into Beckett’s work. We hope that the programme will, as in the past, attract a wide and varied audience.

The charge for the day is £20 per participant (£10 unwaged), which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Please register by 2pm on Friday 29 October 2021 using the following link:

For further information, please contact: Dr Mark Nixon –


10.30 – 11.00: Registration / Welcome

11.00 – 11.30: Anna McMullan (University of Reading): ‘Intermedial Embodiments: Company SJ’s Staging of Beckett’s Company

11.30 – 12.00 Discussion

12.00 – 12.15: Tea / Coffee Break

12.15 – 12.45: Zoe Gosling (University of Manchester): ‘Algebra in the Archive: Calculation and Narrative in Watt

12.45 – 1.15: Discussion

1.15 – 2.15: Lunch

2.15 – 2.45: Feargal Whelan (Trinity College Dublin): ‘“All traffic is retarded”: Beckett’s Disruptive Trains’

2.45 – 3.15: Discussion

3.15 – 3.30: Tea / Coffee Break

3.30 – 4.00: Olga Beloborodova (University of Antwerp): ‘A “hideous corruption” or a “posthumous collaboration”? Beckett’s Fin de partie in Kurtág’s Opera Adaptation’

4.00 – 4.30: Discussion

4.30 – 4.45: Closing Remarks

We look forward to seeing you!

Anna McMullan and Mark Nixon

(Directors, Beckett International Foundation)