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Beckett and Brain Science 2

Birkbeck College, University of London

22nd June 2012

The second workshop, at Birkbeck College, University of London on 22nd June 2012, will build on the first to produce a series of ‘shared texts’, asking theoretical questions about bringing Beckett studies and brain science together. Scholars such as Catherine Malabou and Lois Oppenheim will give keynote addresses in the morning, and then clinicians and scholars will come together to respond to Beckett texts from the concerns of their subject area in the afternoon.


9.00-9.30 Arrivals and registration

9.30-9.40 Welcome: Dr Laura Salisbury (Birkbeck)

9.40-10.40 Prof Lois Oppenheim (Montclair State University) – Chair, Laura Salisbury

‘The “heart of the cauliflower”: A Literary Exemplification of a Fundamental Link Between Neurobiology and Psychoanalysis’

10-40-11.10 Coffee break

11.10-12.10 Prof Catherine Malabou (Kingston University) – Chair, Steven Connor

‘From the Neurological Novel to the Theater of Absence’

12.10-1.30 Lunch break

1.30-2.30 Prof Sophie Scott (University College London) ¬– Chair, Liz Barry

Prof Scott will be speaking about neuroscience and the voice.

2.30-3.05 Prof Adam Piette (University of Sheffield) – Chair, Peter Fifield

‘Beckett, Janet, Freeman’

3.05-3.40 Dr Matthew Broome (University of Warwick) – Chair, Ulrika Maude

Dr Broome will be presenting issues raised by his paper ‘Suffering and Eternal Recurrence of the Same: The Neuroscience, Psychopathology, and Philosophy of Time’. Paper to be distributed in advance.

3.40-4.10 Coffee break

4.10-5.20 Roundtable discussion

Dr Liz Barry (Warwirck), Dr Peter Fifield (Oxford), Jonathan Heron (Warwick), Dr Ulrika Maude (Reading), Dr Laura Salisbury (Birkbeck)

5.20-5.30 Closing remarks: Prof Steven Connor (Birkbeck)

Poster by Rhys Tranter