International Theatre Conference, 6-7 November 2021: Values of Ancient Greek Drama/Theatre Across Space and Time: Cultural Heritage and Memory

We live in a timemarked by physical distancing, isolation, and quarantines, a time that makes us more aware of the nultiple borders that surround us, borders that range from visiting friends, to shopping, to attending theatre, to communicating with each other. With this  in mind,we prepare to host the international conference Values of Ancient Greek Drama/Theatre Across Space and Time: Cultural Heritage and Memory,” which focuses on the lasting and, at the same time, ever changing values of ancient Greek theatre/drama, as part of the European programme VAST Horizon (Values Across Space and Time).

We want to see how these “old” values about democracy, human rights and relations, freedom, peace, rational thinking, hegemonic discourse, equality etc, cross time and space, how they are recalled or forgotten, how they are engaged with our variously enclosed existence, how they are performed, and how they evolve and/or transfigure in the context of (post)postmodern and post-humanist world borders.

We invite academics, young researchers, (post)graduate students, and artists to propose and present topics that fall under the aforementioned area of interest and thinking. Those interested in participating might consider, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • Ancient Greek world as global cultural heritage
  •  Ancient Greek theatre: moving across place/space and time
  • The problematics and challenges of adaptation: a matter of choice or a necessity?
  • Re-reading ancient Greek theatre’s values: about limits and possibilities
  • Classical studies and theatre in education: what is new in the old?
  • Digital humanities, digital drama/theatre and the study of ancient Greek culture: New paradigms  of accessibility
  • Cultural consciousness and theatre memory
  • Tragic violence: an all time classic
  • Ancient drama and contemporary views about gender, race, family, body, sexuality, diversity, nature, ecology
  • Ancient drama and popular culture
  • Ancient drama vis a vis the contemporary social diversity/alterity/multiplicity
  • The classics and the new generation

Important information:

Deadline 1: submission of abstracts (about 150 words) and oa short biographical note (of no more than 50 words) by 30 May, 2021

Deadline 2: final submission of papers by 31 October 2021

Reading time: 15 minutes (that includes use of videos, projections etc)

Conference Dates: 6-7 November 2021.

Place: Athens, Marasleio School, Kolonaki, Athens

Language(s): Greek, English

Participants: University teachers, PhD scholars, PhD Candidates, postgraduate students, researchers, theatre critics, artists.

Fee:  None

NOTE 1: The conference proceedings will be published in the form of an e book.

All abstracts and final papers should be sent to the members of the Organizing Committee:

Theodoros Grammatas, Emeritus Professor, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (

Savas Patsalidis, Emeritus Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (

Aikaterini (Kaiti) Diamantakou, Associate Professor, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (

Mary Dimaki Zora, Assistant Professor, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (

Takis Tzamarias, Special Scientific Stuff, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – director (

NOTE 2: In case the pandemic measures still persist, the conference will be held online.