Antiquity and Immersivity Conference

Antiquity and Immersivity Conference Programme

All events below will be held via Zoom; times are GMT/BST. The conference is free of charge.

To register, please click on the ‘Register Here’ link after each date on the programme below. Each day is available for booking individually.

Please click on the individual paper titles to read each abstract.

Please note that the structure for this conference is largely pre-circulated papers with respondents. The actual conference sessions will involve speakers giving a 10-minute précis of their paper, followed by a 10-minute response and a Q&A.


8 March 2021, 6-7pm. Register here.

Chair: Emma Cole

Speaker: Benjamin Stevens, ‘Immersivity’ and other ‘fantasies of antiquity’ in games

Respondent: Lottie Parkyn

Speaker: Elizabeth Hunter, Embodying the Agamemnon with Spatial Computing: A New Theatrical Paradigm

Respondent: Eleftheria Ioannidou


15 March 2021, 6-7pm. Register here.

Chair: Genevieve Liveley

Speaker: Rae Muhlstock, The Thesean Dilemma: Narcissism and Design in the Center of the Labyrinth

Respondent: Benjamin Stevens

Speaker: Timothy Kenny, Entering the Labyrinth: Mapping Contextual Frames in Catullus 64

Respondent: James McNamara


22 March 2021, 6-7pm. Register here.

Chair: Vanda Zajko

Speaker: Andrew Roberts and Daniela Petrelli, My Roman Pantheon: Immersive Interpretation of Religious Stonework at Chesters Roman Fort

Respondent: NA

Speaker: Lottie Parkyn and Jo Balmer, Bringing the Voices of Roman London to Life: Poetry and Space

Respondent: NA


29 March 2021, 9:45am – 4:30pm. Register here.

9:45-10am. Opening Remarks

10am-11.10am. Chair: Eugenia Nicolaci

Speaker: David Bullen, Dancing on the Mountain (or Not): Performing Bacchic Immersivities

Respondent: Misha Myers

Speaker: Eleftheria Ioannidou, Embodying Classical Visions: Performances of Antiquity from Modernism to Fascism

Respondent: Tiziana Ragno

11:30am – 12:40pm. Chair: Pantelis Michelakis

Speaker: Elizabeth Webb, Thucydides: Immersion, Emotion and Sensory Hierarchy

Respondent: Daniel Anderson

Speaker: Jonas Grethlein, The Sirens and the Dark Side of Immersion in Antiquity

Respondent: Rae Muhlstock

1pm – 1:45pm: Optional virtual lunch via Wonder ‘Antiquity and Immersivity’ room here (password sent at registration)

2pm – 3:10pm. Chair: Martina Delucchi

Speaker: Daniel Anderson, Comic Immersivity and the Theatre Festival

Respondent: Elizabeth Webb

Speaker: Diana Spencer, Total Immersion Tropes: Environmental Materiality and Roman World-Formation

Respondent: Timothy Kenny

3:30pm – 4:40pm. Chair: Emma Cole

Speaker: Colin Sterling, Immersion Lost and Gained: The Ancient Roots of a Contemporary Concern

Respondent: Andrew Roberts

Speaker: Kali Tzortzi, Immersive Experiences in Archaeological Museums: Does Museum Space Matter?

Respondent: Marte Stinis


30 March 2021, 10am – 4:45pm. Register here.

10-11.10am. Chair: Esther Eidinow

Speaker: Misha Myers, The Voice of Gods in Your Ear: Experiencing Ancient Immersion through Posthuman Performance

Respondent: NA

Speaker: Richard Cole, Immersivity in ‘Virtual Antiquity’

Respondent: Rupert Till

11:30am-12:30pm: Felix Barrett, in conversation with Emma Cole, on Punchdrunk Theatre Company, Ancient Literature, and Immersive Experience

1:00pm – 1:45pm: Optional virtual lunch via Wonder ‘Antiquity and Immersivity’ room here (password sent at registration)

2:00pm – 3:10pm. Chair: Kali Tzortzi

Speaker: Tiziana Ragno, Imitating Passions Visually, Imitating Ancient Authors: Lessing’s Laokoon as an ‘Immersive’ Lens for a comparison between Vergil and Petronius

Respondent: Richard Cole

Speaker: Marte Stinis, Immersion through Authenticity: Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s Classicism and Theatre

Respondent: David Bullen

3:30pm – 4:40pm. Chair: Colin Sterling

Speaker: James McNamara, Immersivity and Exoticism: Ecphrastic Rhetoric in Statius’ Silvae and Tacitus’ Germania

Respondent: Diana Spencer

Speaker: Rupert Till, Soundgate: 3D Audio and Visual Immersive VR Heritage Phenomenology

Respondent: NA

4:40pm – 5:00pm. Closing Remarks


The Antiquity and Immersivity conference is organised by Emma Cole, with support from Martina Delucchi and Eugenia Nicolaci.

For general questions and/or accessibility requests, please contact Emma Cole: emma [dot] cole [at] Bristol [dot] ac [dot] uk.