11 – 16 August 2013
Each morning of the Samuel Beckett Summer School 2013 featured one or two lectures by leading Beckett scholars. In the afternoons we ran our week-long seminars. Each student chose one of four seminars and stayed with that seminar for the full week. Seminars included: Beckett’s Manuscripts; a Reading Group (the specific texts change each year); Performance Workshop; and a seminar whose topic will change each year (past examples include ‘Beckett and Deleuze’ and ‘Beckett and Irish Culture, 1929–1949’). The range of seminar topics reflected the diverse ways in which Beckett’s works can be approached. For the full list of this year’s seminars and lectures as well as our 2013 faculty, please visit the Faculty & Seminars 2013 page
In addition to the academic programme, the 2013 Summer School offered a range of activities, including social events, performances, field trips, an opening reception and a closing banquet. We encouraged all our speakers to attend our social events and discuss Beckett in more informal settings. Some of our additional events were open to the public and some were exclusive to participants of the Summer School.
As well as our programme of seminars and lectures, we were very pleased to announce that the 2013 Samuel Beckett Summer School played sponsor to the world exclusive of Beckett’s radio play ‘Embers’ by renowned Irish theatre company Pan Pan Theatre. This acclaimed company staged the production in the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College from 5th – 17th August 2013. Registration with the Summer School 2013 included your ticket to this very special performance ahead of its international showing at the Edinburgh Festival.