CFP: Interrogating Antigone (Ireland) (6/1/06; 10/6/06-10/7/06)

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Stephen Wilmer
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Call for Papers
Interrogating Antigone
 6-7 October 2006

School of Drama
Trinity College
Dublin, Ireland

Referring to Antigone, Hegel called "Womankind… the everlasting irony of the
community". Jacques Lacan used Antigone as a key figure in "The Ethics of
Psychoanalysis". In recent years cultural theorists such as Slavoj Zizek,
Judith Butler, Peggy Phelan, Luce Irigaray, Adriana Cavarero and Joan Copjec
have written provocatively about the character and nature of Antigone. She has
been seen as a feminist, a terrorist, a model for resistance against
oppression, a self-destructive ideologue, an exponent of feminine desire, and a
victim. George Steiner has argued that Antigone is reinvented for every

We are planning an international interdisciplinary symposium on the theme of
Antigone. We intend to attract philosophers, feminists, poststructuralists,
classicists and theatre and film scholars to investigate what the character of
Antigone means for us today.

We would encourage analyses of recent productions of Antigone, Oedipus at
Colonus, Seven Against Thebes and Phoenician Women, or radical interpretations
of the character of Antigone by Anouilh, Brecht, the Living Theatre, etc.,
reflections on the philosophical treatment of Antigone by Hegel, Kierkegaard,
Heidegger, Lacan, Zambrano, Butler, Zizek, etc., discussions on Antigone from a
power politics, gendered, psychoanalytic, postcolonial, queer theory or
poststructural perspective, as well as reinvestigations of the original ancient
Greek texts. We hope to publish a book based on some of the presentations.

Abstracts (200-300 words) for 20 minute papers and a brief CV should be sent by
1 June to:

Steve Wilmer
School of Drama
Trinity College
Dublin 2
Tel. 353-1-608-1441

Conference fee for participants:
50 Euro until 31st July, 2006
65 Euro after 31st July, 2006

The conference coincides with the Dublin Theatre Festival and a meeting of the
European Network of Research and Documentation of Performances of Ancient Greek

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