Occupy Antigone: International Conference 18-19/03/2014

Occupy Antigone? Occupation can be understood as an act of seizing a certain object, usurping it, collectively using it in a different way and hence giving new meaning to it. Something the Performing Arts do, especially since the evolvement of postdramatic theatre. Ancient tragedies and texts did not disappear from the postdramatic stage but often speak a language of deconstruction. The idea behind the Occupy-movement, which started 2011 at the Wallstreet, broadly speaking was to globally join forces to address and change obvious imbalances.

Although research on re-stagings of ancient tragedies has continually increased 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 for performance analysis.

Firstly, and most significantly, there is an immense amount of material from the boom of re-stagings of ancient tragedies since the 1980s, and contemporary stagings of Antigone are found in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and India. For example, Antigone adaptations have told the story of the founding of the nation of Ghana (Kamu Brathwait’s Odale’s Choice, Ghana 1962), and critiqued the neo-colonialism at the turn of the century (Femi Osofisan’s Tegonni, Nigeria 1999). The forbidden burial of one’s kin provides a number of points of connection for Latin American versions of Antigone, i.e. due to the abduction of civilians by the military regime in Argentina in the 1970s and early 1980s, (José Watanabe’s Antigoná 2000 and Griselda Gambo’s Antígona Furiosa 1986. In Postcolonial contexts the occupation of the cultural assets of the occupier often plays a significant role in negotiating colonial legacies. Despite the heightened presence of ancient tragedies in the arts, both Theatre Studies and Performance Studies research on contemporary performances of Antigone are still at the very beginning.

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 you 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)

(For revised information on panels, please check here!)

 Deadline for conributions (Abstracts with max. 500 words): 31/08/2013

send abstracts to: charlotte.gruber@ugent.be

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