Ulysses, Iphigenia and the politics of ambivalence

18 October, 5:00 pm

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 3 of 4 highlights Ulysses and Iphigenia, both great heroic figures prone to a sentiment that affects us all, namely ambivalence. Why were they ambivalent, what about and how? How about us? When is ambivalence a flaw and when does it become a virtue? Can the wise chorus reflect on how to better bridge political divides, and whether this might depend in part on our capacity to tap into our ambivalence ….underneath assertions of tribal loyalty?

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).

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