Matthew Feldman is Professor in the Modern History of Ideas at Teesside University, where is also co-directs the Centre for Fascist, Anti-fascist and Post-fascist Studies. With Professor Erik Tonning, he edits two Bloomsbury Academic books series: Historicizing Modernism and Modernist Archives, in addition to co-editing the online Wiley-Blackwell’s journal, Religion Compass: Modern Ideologies and Faith. He has held research fellowships at the universities of Northampton, Birmingham, Oxford, Richmond and Bergen, Norway, and has written widely on modernism, including the recent study Ezra Pound’s Fascist Propaganda, 1935-1945 (Palgrave, 2013). His work on Samuel Beckett focuses on interwar philosophy, postwar radio ‘adaptations’, and is closely associated with the ‘empirical turn’ in Beckett Studies this century. His books include Beckett’s Books: A Cultural History of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Interwar Notes’ (Bloomsbury, 2008); his essay collection Falsifying Beckett: Essays on Archives, Philosophy and Methodology in Beckett Studies and the essay collection, with Karim Mamdani, Beckett/Philosophy (both with Ibidem/Columbia University Press, 2015). With David Addyman and Steven Matthews he is currently completing an annotated transcription of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Philosophy Notes’ (Oxford University Press, 2017).
Catherine Laws is a musicologist and pianist. She is a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of York and a Senior Artistic Research Fellow at the Orpheus Institute, Ghent. As a performer Catherine specializes in contemporary music, often working collaboratively with composers. Her current practice-led research is concerned with embodiment and subjectivity in contemporary performance. Much of her musicological work examines the relationship between music, language and meaning, with a particular focus on the musicality of Beckett’s work and composers’ responses to it. She has published many articles in this field, and her book, Headaches Among the Overtones: Music in Beckett/ Beckett in Music, came out in 2013 (Editions Rodopi).
Rónán McDonald is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Between 2010 and 2015, he held the Australian Ireland Fund Chair in Irish Studies at UNSW and since, 2012, has been the President of the Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand. His research interests span modern Irish literature and culture, modernism, theories of cultural value and the role of the humanities in the modern university. He is the editor of a new collection of essays The Values of Literary Studies: Critical Institutions, Scholarly Agendas (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Other books include Tragedy and Irish Literature (2002), The Cambridge Introduction to Samuel Beckett (2007) and The Death of the Critic in (2008). He is co-editor of Flann O’Brien and Modernism (Bloomsbury, 2014).
Angela Moorjani is Professor Emerita of French and Intercultural Studies at the University of Maryland-UMBC and has been a visiting professor at Waseda University in Tokyo. She authored Abysmal Games in the Novels of Samuel Beckett in 1982 on narrative mise en abyme, the fort-da, and other playful repetitions; she has since co-edited seven volumes on Beckett, with the latest – Beckett in Conversation, “yet again” to appear in time for Beckett’s 110th birthday in 2016. Her other books on mourning and repetition in writing and the arts – The Aesthetics of Loss and Lessness and Beyond Fetishism and Other Excursions in Pragmatics – and numerous essays fuse psychoanalysis and pragmatics with gender theory. Her recent publications include a study of the trilogy in The New Cambridge Companion to Samuel Beckett and a series on Beckett’s French cultural ghosts leading her to grapple further with the clash between Beckett’s ghostly timelessness and embodied temporality in the space of writing. With Sjef Houppermans, she is co-editor in chief of the bilingual journal Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd’hui.
David Pattie is Professor of Drama at the University of Chester. He is the author of The Complete Critical Guide to Samuel Beckett (Routledge, 2001); Rock Music in Performance (Palgrave 2007) and Modern British Playwrights: The 1950s (Methuen 2012). He has also co-edited two collections in popular music: Kraftwerk: Music Non-Stop (Continuum, 2011) and Brian Eno: Oblique Music (Continuum, 2016). He has published on Beckett, contemporary theatre and performance, popular music, and popular culture; and he was part of a major three-year AHRC funded project (Staging Beckett) which examined productions of Beckett in the UK and Ireland.
Nadia Louar is Associate Professor in French and Francophone Studies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She has published essays on Beckett’s works, literary bilingualism and self-translation, and on questions of genre and gender in translation. She is the author of Figures du bilinguisme dans l’œuvre de Samuel Beckett (2016). She is currently preparing a volume on The Poetics of Bilingualism in Beckett’s Works, co-edited with Dr. Jose Francisco Fernández, and rewriting her monograph in English.
Lois Oppenheim is University Distinguished Scholar, Professor of French, and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Montclair State University. She is also Scholar Associate Member of the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and Honorary Member of the William Alanson White Society. Dr. Oppenheim has published more than 90 papers and authored or edited twelve books, the most recent being Psychoanalysis and the Artistic Endeavor: Conversations with Literary and Visual Artists; Imagination from Fantasy to Delusion (awarded the 2013 Courage to Dream Prize from the American Psychoanalytic Association), and A Curious Intimacy: Art and Neuro-Psychoanalysis. Dear Mr. Beckett: A Barney Rosset Scrapbook, edited by Dr. Oppenheim and curated by Astrid Mysers Rosset, is currently in production.
Paul Stewart is Professor of Literature at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. He is the author of two book on Beckett: Sex and Aesthetics in Samuel Beckett’s Works (Palgrave 2011) and Zone of Evaporation: Samuel Beckett’s Disjunctions (Rodopi, 2006). He is a regular contributor to The Journal of Beckett Studies and Samuel Beckett Today/ Aujourd’hui. He is currently working on questions of narrative and ethics in Beckett and Coetzee, as well as the radio and stage adaptations of Lessness. He is also a creative writer; his first novel Now Then was published by Armida Press in 2014 and his first volume of poetry, And Other Elsewheres appeared in 2009.
Derval Tubridy is Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Pro-Warden for Research and Enterprise, and Senior Lecturer in Literature and Visual Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London. Author of Thomas Kinsella: The Peppercanister Poems (2001), and editor of a special edition of Irish Studies Review (16/3, 2008), she has published chapters in The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume V: The Irish Book in English, 1891-2000; Beckett and Nothing; A Companion to James Joyce; Contemporary Debates in Literature and Philosophy; Ireland: Space, Text, Time; Seeing Things: Literature and the Visual, The Irish Book in the Twentieth Century and Samuel Beckett: A Casebook, as well as articles in Performance Research; The Irish University Review; Irish Studies Review; The Journal of Beckett Studies, and Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui. She co-organised the 2006 conference on Beckett and the visual arts, Beckett and Company at Goldsmiths and Tate Modern. Her research has been funded by the Fulbright Commission and by the British Academy. She is currently working on a book on Beckett and contemporary art called Art after Beckett.
Feargal Whelan was awarded a PhD by University College Dublin in 2014 with a thesis titled Samuel Beckett and the Irish Protestant Imagination. He co-founded and co-organised the series of conferences Samuel Beckett and the ‘State’ of Ireland, which were held annually in Dublin from 2011 to 2013. At present he is co-editing the conference proceedings for publication. He has presented on Beckett at conferences in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada and Spain, including at the Beckett Society panel ant this year’s MLA, and has published in various journals. At present he is research associate at UCD Humanities Institute in Dublin. Feargal will lead the tour of the Beckett Country at this year’s Samuel Beckett Summer School. …