Performing Epic/Epic Performance

deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Tenth Celtic Conference in Classics- McGill University/Université de Montréal
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Performing Epic/Epic Performance

A panel at the Tenth Celtic Conference in Classics
19-22 July, 2017 in Montreal, Canada
Co-Hosted by McGill University and Université de Montréal

This panel invites participants to a conversation at the intersection of theory and practice on Homeric epic performance. We are interested in how diverse contemporary performance practices, especially "durational" performances, can help enliven our understanding of Homeric performance.

What might the recent explosion of Homeric adaptations in performance around the world tell us about actually performing the epics: what techniques, formal elements, or narrative elements constitute the performance of the Homeric epics now? How can these shed light on excerption, synopses, and performance in the ancient world?

Especially interesting are those adaptations that attempt to capture the ‘epicness’ of the original: National Theatre of Wales’ ‘Marathon’ production of Christopher Logue’s War Music; Stathis Livathinos’ five-hour Iliad; the Almeida’s day-long readings of the Iliad and the Odyssey.

Outside of Homeric adaptations, durational performances have become more popular and internationally recognised, including those based in the Classics, like Sean Graney’s All Our Tragic or Jan Fabre’s Mount Olympus: To glorify the cult of tragedy, and others not, like Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music. How can contemporary durational performance lend new insight into the Homeric performance tradition?

This panel seeks to bring together performance practitioners, those working in reception studies, Homerists, and those working in performance studies to consider how contemporary performance can help us better understand the epics.

We invite 20-minute papers or performances/demonstrations of variable length (no longer than 45-minutes); abstracts/proposals of 300 words and a one-page CV of relevant experience should be sent to Lynn Kozak and Katherine Kretler at by February 15, 2017.

Please note that the Celtic Conference in Classics is self-funding; all participants must bear their own expenses. Further information is available at