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CALL. 03.04.2020: Performing the Archive in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama - Oxfor




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies (Oxford, England) - Royal Holloway (Egham, England)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Annual Joint Postgraduate Symposium on ancient Drama Committee



The 20th Annual APGRD / Royal Holloway, University of London Joint Postgraduate Symposium on the Performance of Ancient Drama will take place on Thursday 2 July (at the Ioannou Centre, Oxford) and Friday 3 July (at Royal Holloway, Egham). This year’s theme will be: ‘Performing the Archive in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’.

This annual Symposium focuses on the reception of Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy, exploring the afterlife of these ancient dramatic texts through re-workings by both writers and practitioners across all genres and periods. This year’s focus will range widely around the concept and significance of ‘archive’, as both a material and ephemeral record (e.g., a performance’s physical traces, or its preservation in anecdote/memory), as well as its uses as a metaphor (for preservation, re-collection, text, etc) in the performance of ancient drama. This year’s guest respondents will be Dr Avery Willis Hoffman (Programme Director at the New York Park Avenue Armory) and Dr Lucy Jackson (Durham University). Among those present at this year’s symposium will be Prof. Fiona Macintosh, Prof. Oliver Taplin, Prof. David Wiles, and Dr Justine McConnell.

Postgraduates from around the world working on the reception of Greek and Roman drama are welcome to participate, as are those who have completed a doctorate but not yet taken up a post. The symposium is open to speakers from different disciplines, including researchers in the fields of Classics, modern languages and literature, and theatre and performance studies.

Practitioners are welcome to contribute their personal experience of working on ancient drama. Papers may also include demonstrations. Undergraduates are very welcome to attend.

Those who wish to offer a short paper (20 mins) or performance presentation on ‘Performing the Archive in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’ are invited to send an abstract of up to 200 words outlining the proposed subject of their discussion to by FRIDAY 3 APRIL 2020 AT THE LATEST (please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution).

There will be no registration fee. Some travel bursaries will be available again this year - please indicate if you would like to be considered for one of these.

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