Values of Ancient Greek Theatre Across Space & Time: Cultural Heritage and Memory

6 – 7 November 2021


We live in a time marked by physical distancing, isolation, and quarantines. A time that makes us more aware of the multiple boundaries that surround us: geographical restrictions and borders, boundaries in human relations but also in the Arts.

With the above in mind, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) will be hosting the International Conference named Values of Ancient Greek Theatre Across Space & Time: Cultural Heritage and Memory. The conference will focus on the lasting and, at the same time, ever changing values of ancient Greek theatre which are also research in the context of the three-year long H2020 European programme VAST (Values Across Space and Time) which kickstarted in December 2020.

The conference aims to create space for the presentation of scientific work in the field of Values. More specifically, organisers are interested to explore how these “old” values concerning Democracy, Human Rights, Freedom, Peace, Rational Thinking, Hegemonic Discourse and Equality, amongst others, travel through time and space, how they are recalled or forgotten, how they are engaged with our variously enclosed existence, by what method they are performed, and how they evolve and/or transfigure in the context of post-modern and post-humanist world boundaries.

Academics, young researchers, postgraduate students, and artists are invited to propose and present topics that fall under the aforementioned areas 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
  • Educational values of ancient drama in the post-postmodern and post-humanist era
  • 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 dates

30 May 2021: Submission of abstracts (approx.150 words) and a short CV (approx. 50 words)

30 October 2021: Final paper submission

6 – 7 November 2021: Conference


How to apply

Submission of abstracts (about 150 words) and a short biographical note (of no more than 50 words) should be submitted to the organising committee (see emails below) by 30 May 2021.

Place: Online

Presentation time: 15 minutes (including use of videos, projections, Q&A etc)

Language(s): Greek, English

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

Fee:  Free of charge

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

NOTE 2: All abstracts and final papers should be sent to the members of the Organising Committee.

NOTE 3: Due to the pandemic restrictions, the conference will be held online.

Organising 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 (