Re-Imagining Tragedy Across Africa and the Global South

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - 10:30am to Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - 2:00pm
Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre,

The APGRD (University of Oxford) and ReTAGS (University of Cape Town) are co-hosting a two-day hybrid conference: 'Re-Imagining Tragedy Across Africa and the Global South', co-organised by Professor Fiona Macintosh (Oxford) and Dr Justine McConnell (KCL), on 26-27 September, in the Classics Centre in Oxford and online. 

Registration for in-person attendance

A registration fee of £20 (or £15 for students/concessions) for in-person attendees covers the cost of pastries, refreshments, lunch, and a drinks reception. Please book online via the University Store (we are aware that there has been some issues with the booking site; if you have any trouble please email as there are still places available). NB. The booking page is to register for in-person attendance only, online attendance is free.

Remote Attendance

Remote online attendance is free; registration is not necessary: Join us online via Zoom >>

Please keep cameras and microphones switched off unless invited to speak during the Q&A sessions.


Day 1 - Tuesday 26th September 2023 

10.45am (BST): Welcome 

11am (BST): Chair: Barbara Goff (University of Reading) 

  • Lesego Chauke (University of Cape Town): ‘“Live and Proclaim!”: Dramaturgies of Mourning in the Context of Pervasive Death; Speculations on Antigone’s (Not Quite/Quiet) Migration’ 
  • Neo Muyanga (UCT; online): ‘Chorus of Sparagmos - the weight of voices singing where flames engulf South Africa’ 
  • Leo Kershaw (University of Oxford): ‘Situating the Magnet-Jazzart Medea in the performance history of the Greek tragedy in South Africa’  
  • Purav Goswami (UCT; online): ‘Othello's Wild Years: Before Shakespeare’ 

1pm (BST): Lunch 

2pm (BST): Chair: Justine McConnell (King's College London) 

  • Madhlozi Moyo (University of the Free State): ‘Classical allusion in Marechera’  
  • Adam Lecznar (University College London): ‘Wole Soyinka’s Tragic Classicism’ 

Coffee Break 

4pm (BST): Chair: Clare Finburgh Delijani (Goldsmiths, University of London) 

  • Margherita Laera (University of Kent) in conversation with playwright Ubah Cristina Ali-Farah about her Antigone and Medea projects

5.30pm (BST): Drinks

Day 2 - Wednesday 27th September 2023 

10.30am (BST): Mark Fleishman, Mandla Mbothwe, and Jayne Batzofin (University of Cape Town; ReTAGS project and Magnet Theatre Company) 

Coffee Break

12.15pm (BST): Chair: Stephen Harrison (University of Oxford) 

  • Rosa Andújar (King's College London): 'Race and Historical Memory in Iván García’s Andrómaca’ 
  • Magdalena Bournot (Grenoble Alpes): ‘Reimagining tragedy from Brazil: Abdias do Nascimento and the Black Experimental Theatre’ 
  • Ana María Dopico (Hemispheric Institute, NYU; online) 

2pm (BST): Lunch


The Ioannou Centre lecture theatre is located on the ground floor and the Centre is fully wheelchair accessible; an accessible toilet is located on the ground floor and on the first floor. The lecture theatre is equipped with a hearing induction loop. Please see the online Access Guide for more details about the building's accessibility. Feel free to email the apgrd at with any queries. 


The conference is part of the ongoing collaboration between the two research projects.