21st Annual Joint Postgraduate Symposium on Ancient Drama


‘Challenging Traditions and Traditions of Challenge’ 

Monday 28 June (all times BST / UTC+1) 

11:30 Welcome 

12:00 – 13:00 Madness and irreverence (Chair: Claire Barnes, Oxford) 

Ruth McKimmie (University of Newcastle, Australia): ‘Same-same yet different: madness ancient and modern’ 
Marit Meinhold (Konstanz): ‘Oedipus meets Medusa - Pan Pan’s Oedipus Loves You’ 

13:00 – 14:15 Lunch 

14:15 – 15:30 Challenge and the body (Chair: Marcus Bell, Oxford) 

Malina Buturovic (Princeton): ‘The Survival of the Body: Hedva Performs Euripides’ 

Eri Georgakaki (National & Kapodistrian University of Athens): ‘The challenging reception of Euripides in nineteenth-century Greece, or, how to restore an ancient poet’s fame out of the blame’ 

Zoe Harris-Wallis (UCL): ‘Within and against the fold: the challenge of the body in the costume and dance of Eva Palmer-Sikelianos’ 

15:30 – 16:00  Break 

16:00   Guest lecture: Professor Clare Finburgh Delijani (Goldsmiths) 

‘Ghosts: From Aeschylus’s The Persians to Wajdi Mouawad’s The Blood of Promises’ 

17:00 – 18:00  Break 

KCL Greek Play premiere - From The Machine (livestreamed on YouTube) 

18:00 Pre-show talk: Professor Gonda Van Steen and Dr Oliver Baldwin in discussion about Sophocles’ Philoctetes (pre-recorded)

19:00 Performance 

The pre-show talk and performance are free of charge but booking is essential. Please book for both via Eventbrite:  


Tuesday 29 June (all times BST / UTC+1) 

10:30 Welcome  

10:45   Day 1 Guest Respondent: Dr Marchella Ward (Oxford) 

11:15 – 11:30  Break  

11:30 – 12:45 Tradition and (re)mediation (Chair: Giovanna Di Martino, UCL) 

Zoë Jennings (Oxford): ‘Intermedial challenge in Daria Martin’s Minotaur with Anna Halprin (2008)’ 

Sophia Elzie (Oxford): ‘Against Fossilization: Reading Brian Friel’s Translations and the Odyssey’ 

Menelaos Karantzas (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens): ‘Fragments on stage: how ancient dramatic fragments have been used in contemporary performances’ 

12:45 – 14:00  Lunch  

14:00 - 15:00  Transformation and subversion (Chair: Alison Middleton, Oxford) 

Naser Albreeky (KCL): ‘Strategies of Undoing Colonialism in the New World: Parody and Classical Reception in Anglophone Caribbean Literature’ 

Julia Jennifer Beine (Ruhr-University Bochum): ‘Challenging an Ancient Comic Tradition (Un-)Intentionally: Molière’s L’Étourdi ou les contretemps’ 

15:00 – 15:15  Break 

15:15   In conversation: Dr Benjamin Poore (York) with Dr Henry Stead (St Andrews) and Dr Helen Eastman (theatre director; APGRD) 

‘Challenging Traditions and Traditions of Challenge: The History Play in Modern Times’ 

16:00 – 16:15  Break 

16:15   Day 2 Guest Respondent: Dr Lucy Jackson (Durham) 

16:45   Plenary 

Those wishing to sign up should contact the Symposium Team at: postgradsymp@classics.ox.ac.uk