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Celebrating Karolos Koun

Celebrating Karolos Koun


Date: Friday 22nd September 2017

Locations: JdP Music Building St Hilda's College and the Outreach Room Ioannou Centre 66 St Giles'.


On Friday 22 September the APGRD will host an exhibition and one-day conference to celebrate the life of Karolos Koun (1908-1987), widely considered to have been the greatest Greek theatre director of modern times. The conference is co-organised with Dr Angeliki Varakis-Martin (University of Kent). The exhibition is to be curated by the theatre designers and Koun collaborators, Dionysis Fotopoulos and Lily Pezanou.

Registration costs £20 (£10 student concession). There will be an optional conference dinner at an additional cost of £35.


In the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, St Hilda’s College, Oxford:
9.15am Coffee and Registration
9.45am Welcome: Fiona Macintosh (Oxford)

Panel 1: Chair: Oliver Taplin (Oxford)
10-10.45am: Helen Varopoulou (Berlin), ‘Karolos Koun: Greekness and interculturality’
10.45-11.30am: Dio Kangelari (Thessaloniki), ‘Karolos Koun and the “popular expressionism”’
11.30am-12.15pm: George Sampatakakis (Patras), ‘“hunger was hunger…”: Koun’s ideology on acting’

LUNCH and EXHIBITION at the Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’, Oxford

In the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, St Hilda’s College, Oxford:

Panel 2: Chair: Pantelis Michelakis (Bristol)
3-3.45pm: Gonda Van Steen (Florida), ‘Theatre, politics and money: Koun’s Art Theater and the Greek dictatorship’
3.45-4.30pm: Platon Mavromoustakos (Athens), ‘Karolos Koun between identities, languages and aesthetics’

4.30-5pm: TEA

Panel 3: Chair: Hans-Thies Lehmann (Frankfurt am Main)
5-5.45pm: Eleni Papazoglou (Thessaloniki), ‘Between west and east, character and figure: Koun’s “dark” Electra’
5.45-6.30pm: Angie Varakis-Martin (Kent), ‘“The movement that speaks”: Koun’s masked chorus at the World Theatre Season’

6.30pm Drinks Reception

*8.15pm Optional Conference Dinner (additional registration necessary)

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Divine Narratives in Ancient Greece and the Near East

Divine Narratives in Ancient Greece and the Near East


Dates: Monday 3rd & Tuesday 4th July 2017

Location: Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LU


This conference will bring together Classicists and Assyriologists from Britain, Europe and America in order to foster informed interdisciplinarity in one of the most important and vibrant current debates in ancient scholarship: the interaction between the civilisations of the Near East and Archaic Greece. Though it is now well-established that early Greek literature was to some extent inspired by ancient Near Eastern models, the mechanisms and effects of cultural influence are still hotly debated. This conference hopes to promote a dynamic interface between the two fields, which are still too separate in their activities, and so prone to using isolated or out of date methods in their individual approaches to this common question.

The conference is organised by Johannes Haubold (Durham), Adrian Kelly (Oxford) and Christopher Metcalf (Oxford), and supported by the Craven Committee (Faculty of Classics, Oxford), the Classics Faculty Board (Oxford), the Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute, the Jowett Trust (Balliol College) and the London Centre for the Ancient Near East.

Aside from the organisers, the confirmed speakers are Mary Bachvarova (Willamette), Bernardo Ballesteros-Petrella (Oxford), Angus Bowie (Oxford), Yoram Cohen (Tel Aviv), Bruno Currie (Oxford), Andrew George (SOAS, London), Andre Lardinois (Nijmegen), Carolina L¡opez Ruiz (Ohio), Robert Rollinger (Innsbruck), Ian Rutherford (Reading), Frances Reynolds (Oxford), Ruth Scodel (Michigan), Sylvie Vanséveren (Brussels), Mark Weeden (SOAS, London).

Attendance is £20, to help with the cost of lunch and tea / coffee, but free to members of Oxford University.

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