Thucydides Global: Teaching, Researching, and Performing Thucydides

Thucydides Global: Teaching, Researching, and Performing Thucydides
30 April 2019, 1.00pm - 7.00pm
Room 349, Third Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

The School of History, Archaeology and Religion (SHARE), Cardiff University, in collaboration with Ancient History at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany and the Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study in London, organises a one-day international workshop on modern receptions of Thucydides, taking a global approach. The workshop brings together scholars from different countries and contexts (Brazil, Germany, Greece, UK, US), who will be sharing their knowledge, experience and perspectives on teaching, researching and performing Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, one of the most influential historical works ever written. The aim is to cross-examine different contexts and appropriations of the text, and explore potentials for an innovative, holistic and experiential understanding of it.

Why does this text matter so much? Why and how does it continue to invite dialogues between past, present and future? How do different societies, educational systems, groups and individuals respond to it and receive its historical lessons? Does Thucydides owe its lasting value and relevance to its ability to resonate with global and local crises? ‘Thucydides Trap’, a term coined recently to describe the inevitability (the ‘deadly trap’) of war when power dynamics between major international players shift, is a case in point. At local level, the unprecedented interest in theatrical productions of Thucydides in Greece from 2010 onwards (the ‘Greece of the Crisis’) will receive special attention, as an artistic and intellectual response to social crisis.

Dr Maria Fragoulaki, Cardiff University / ICS, London, Workshop organiser

Confirmed participants

Part I: Papers

Speakers: Hans Kopp (Bochum, Germany); John Lignades (Athens, Greece); Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith (London, UK); Neville Morley (Exeter, UK); Sandra Rodrigues da Rocha (Brasília, Brazil); Liz Sawyer (Oxford, UK), Christian Wendt (Bochum, Germany); Maria Fragoulaki (Cardiff/London, UK)

Part II: Round Table

Respondents: Peter Meineck (New York, USA); Sara Monoson (Evanston IL, USA/ICS, London, UK), Daniel Tompkins (Philadelphia, USA)


Valerie James
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