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Imagines 7 – Playful Classics (Göttingen, new date 5-7 March 2021)

Antiquity is not to be trifled with, or so one might believe from the majority of serious scholarship. Classical reception, however, is rich in playful recreations, inventions and parodies of antiquity. The results are anything but mere entertainment. Their variety and their impact would be ignored at the peril of understanding fashions of classical reception – and the historical traditions they in turn shaped, influenced or undermined.

The 7th Imagines conference will therefore turn to all kinds of playful reception in the visual and performing arts from the 19th to the 21st century. This can include – but is by no means restricted to – improv theatre, video games and installations, caricature, classical and popular music, sculpture, living history and role-playing, board games, graffiti art and other kinds of playful interaction with classical antiquity. We are particularly interested in the creative aspects of “traditions in the making”, issues of alternate realities and non-European tradition, but we welcome contributions relating to the theme of “playful classics”.

For more information contact Dr Martin Lindner (