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OCCUPY ANTIGONE? Tradition, Transition and Transformation in Performance
EVENTS International conference // Textual Poetics

Occupy Antigone? Occupation can be understood as an act of seizing a certain object, of usurping it, finding a collective and alternative use for it and in the process giving it new meaning. This is something the performing arts have always done but has come to the fore with new force through the development of postdramatic theatre. Ancient tragedies and texts did not disappear from the postdramatic stage but often speak a language of deconstruction. The same idea is behind the Occupy movement, which started in Wall Street in 2011, and has the objective to join forces on a global communal scale to address and change obvious injustices and imbalances.


Although research on re-stagings of ancient tragedies has a prominent place within Theatre Studies, analyses of the performances of Antigone are still significantly underrepresented. This research gap stands in sharp contrast to the boom in studies on Antigone since Judith Butler’s crucial study Antigone’s Claim: Kinship Between Life & Death was published in 2000. Antigone performances are an exceptionally rich field for research into performance analysis. <read more>


This conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary platform for research from a variety of fields to meet at the crossroads between performance and philosophy. We invite speakers to investigate the links and contradictions between concepts and ideas occupied with Antigone.


Based on the contributions, the conference program is organized along the following themes:

  1. Antigone's (transformed) Heritage
  2. Translating, Relating and Mediating Antigone 
  3. Antigone's Scenes of Death
  4. Re-visiting Antigone's (Politics of) Kin(ship) 

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