The Inaugural Conference of the Samuel Beckett Society (SBS) took place in February 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona, and turned out to be a resounding success. The idea behind the project was to “bring together new, emerging, and established perspectives on the Beckett’s writing for a sustained exchange of ideas.” Because the organisers opted for an event without a central theme, a wide array of topics was presented, from phenomenology and sensorimotor agency to philosophy, ethics and aesthetics and history, politics, and authority. The decision not to programme parallel sessions allowed all the participants to attend every session they deemed interesting, without having to make difficult choices. Our forthcoming conference will adopt the same principle for the same reason, although we have defined one umbrella theme this time. However, ‘Beckett and Modernism’ harbours a broad enough spectrum of issues, while at the same time providing a specific historical, philosophical, and aesthetic angle for the contributions.

Samuel Beckett Society

The Samuel Beckett Society (SBS) is an international organisation of scholars, students, directors, actors and others who share an interest in the work of Samuel Beckett. Honorary Trustees are Edward Beckett, John Calder, J. M. Coetzee, John Fletcher and James Knowlson.

The Society provides opportunities for members to meet and exchange information. Membership includes subscription to The Beckett Circle, the newsletter of the Society published twice yearly. The annual meeting of the Society’s Executive Board is held during the MLA Annual Convention. Donations over and above the membership fee are welcome and are tax deductible.

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