The Beckett Seminar


The BECKETT RESEARCH GROUP IN GDAŃSK is a research group founded and directed by Dr Tomasz Wiśniewski, affiliated to the Department of Theatre Art, English and American Studies Institute of the University of Gdańsk. It brings together people in English, Romance, and Polish studies and artists from various centers in Poland. The honorary patron is Professor Stanley E. Gontarski of Florida State University in the USA. BRGiG cooperates with Beckett scholars in Poland and abroad, and also with translators and artists involved with Beckett’s work. This encounter between the academic world and the creative world – a search for varied, not always complementary, ways of looking at Beckett’s work – is central to our activities. BRGiG organizes regular Beckett seminars in the Three Cities, and also workshops/theater laboratories, along with conversations with poets, writers, film-makers, and theater people.


Guests of The University of Gdańsk Samuel Beckett Seminar have included: Antoni Libera, Irena Jun, Elvin Flamingo, Olga Kubińska, Jacek Gutorow, Marcello Magni (Complicite), Douglas Rintoul (Complicite), Jon McKenna, Professor Enoch Brater (USA), Professor Derek Attridge (UK), Professor H. Porter Abbot (USA), Professor Robson Correa de Camargo  (Brazil), Patricio Orozco (Argentina), Arka Chattopadhyay (Australia), Nadia Kamel (Egypt), and Dr Mark Nixon (Reading University, UK). BRGiG works closely with the Between.Pomiędzy Festival, the quarterly Tekstualia, Teatr Wybrzeże, Teatr Boto, the Sopot Dance Theater, Teatrem na Plaży in Sopot, Polish Radio Theater, Teatr Gdynia Główna,  the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, the Society of the Friends of Sopot, and the Translation Centre at the University of Gdańsk.


The work of BRGiG has also led to several publications, including: Samuel Beckett. Tradycja-awangarda. (2012), Back to the Beckett Text (2012), Beckett w XXI wieku. Rozpoznanie (in preparation), and Experimental Beckett (in preparation). In 2016, Wydawnictwo Maski published Przedstawienie Becketta, containing Polish translations of essays by Stanley E. Gontarski. The group’s activities are recorded in the films Back to the Beckett Text. Beckett na plaży  by Joanna Cichocka-Gula, and Back 2 Sopot by Elvin Flamingo. BRGiG worked with the Sopot Dance Theater on the film To wszystko tutaj and the stage performance Wszystko co widać. Ohio


In 2016, BRGiG –  together with  Trinity College Dublin – established a grant covering the cost of participation in the TCD Beckett Summer School on the part of a student or doctoral student of the University of Gdańsk. The Irish Embassy in Poland has been the honorary patron of the University of Gdańsk Samuel Beckett Seminar since 2016.