22nd Annual Joint Postgraduate Symposium on Ancient Drama

Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 10:00am to Friday, July 1, 2022 - 5:00pm

‘Survival and Disobedience in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’

The 22nd Annual APGRD / University of London Joint Postgraduate Symposium on the Performance of Ancient Drama will take place on Thursday 30 June and Friday 1 July 2022. This year’s theme will be: ‘Survival and Disobedience in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’. 

About the Symposium

This annual Symposium focuses on the reception of Greek and Roman tragedy, comedy, epic and other texts in performance, exploring their afterlives through re-workings by both writers and practitioners across all genres and periods. This year’s focus on ‘Survival and Disobedience’ takes as its starting point the question of what ‘survival’ or ‘surviving’ might mean in the context of the reception of the ancient past. We invite participants to consider any of the following questions: What constitutes survival, and what power structures enable it or hinder it? How is ‘what survives’ different from ‘what remains’ materially? In performance, must survival be held in binary opposition with the ephemeral? What is the relationship between survival and haunting? In particular, what happens when survival is errant, accidental, or figured as an act of ‘disobedience’? How might generic transgressions, counter readings, or other moments of ‘disobedience’ themselves enact survival?

The guest respondent on Day 1 will be Dr Emma Cole (Bristol), and Prof. Olga Taxidou (Edinburgh/NYU) will be guest respondent on Day 2. Day 1 will include a Guest Lecture by Dr Margherita Laera (Kent) and a bilingual performance of Laurent Gaudé’s Le Tigre Bleu de l’Euphrate (in French and English) directed by Dr Estelle Baudou (APGRD).


Postgraduates from around the world 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 or recorded material. Undergraduates are very welcome to attend.


Contact for enquiries: postgradsymp@classics.ox.ac.uk