Oedipus, Antigone and the politics of emancipation

On Demand

45 minsAdultPWYD

Discussion | Literature & Poetry, Politics, Society, The Arts

Discuss big questions of politics through stories from Greek mythology with you in the role of the insightful and majestic chorus.
Session 1 of 4 explored the pitfalls and promise of COVID politics seen through the lenses of king Oedipus and his daughter Antigone. How does Oedipus’ banishment from Thebes during a terrible plague, as the perfect scapegoat, relate to our post-pandemics politics? How may we distinguish between the righteous search for cause-and-effect and the wrongful attribution of blame? Can Antigone and her politics of counter sovereignty inspire us in our own strategies of resistance and emancipation from group-think and state power?

What is a Greek chorus? Watch this short video from Frankie Lowe on Vimeo.

 

Watch the recording of this live public event held on

4 October 2020 at IF Oxford

 

 

Kalypso Nicolaïdis is Professor of International Relations at Oxford University and a Governing Body Fellow at the European Studies Centre, St Antony’s College. Her contribution to the festival draws on her last book (Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice: Three Meanings of Brexit).

 

 

 

 

IF Oxford uses Pay What You Decide (PWYD) ticketing so you can choose to pay whatever you want, or can afford. You can make your donation during booking or after the event and the amount you pay is up to you. A suggested donation of £5 per person for each event enjoyed will help secure the future of the Festival.

Donate with PayPal Giving Fund