Posted on Monday 17th September 2012
Professor Dick Ellis and PhD student Ceren Sengezer participated in the exciting and highly successful Inaugural Conference of the European Beat Studies Network at the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg, The Netherlands. Dick's paper, 'How the Beetles became the Beatles: The British Beat, 1957-1964', built on his contribution to the recent essay collection, The Transnational Beat Generation (Palgrave, 2012), while Ceren presented research on 'Jack Kerouac and Shakespeare's Forest of Arden.' In Middelburg they also met Beat biographer Gerald Nicosia, one of the very earliest Beat aficionados, and interviewed him.
Reflecting on her first academic conference Ceren said she “had a great time with the eminent Beat scholars” who responded very positively to her work: Nicosia asked to read her thesis and Network President Professor Oliver Harris encouraged her to present at the next conference which will be in Denmark. Ceren was able to attend the conference thanks to research funding provided by the University of Birmingham and the advice and encouragement given by her supervisors.