Oedipus, Antigone and the politics of emancipation | University of Oxford

Oedipus, Antigone and the politics of emancipation

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17:00 - 18:00
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Student Gateway
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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 explores 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 do 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?