Prizes for 2019 Conference

The IFTR runs two annual essay competitions for the New Scholars' Prize and Helsinki Prize.

There is no set theme for these competitions; rather, candidates are encouraged to submit work drawing on their current research. Essays developed from papers presented at the New Scholars' Forum of the preceding conference are acceptable.

New Scholars' Prize 2019

The New Scholars' Prize is awarded to the best essay, judged on originality, coherence and rigour. The first prize would enable the winner(s) to attend the 2019 IFTR conference at the Shanghai Theatre Academy 8–12 July 2019. It covers the following costs: conference registration, economy travel and student accommodation (or equivalent) for the duration of the conference. 

The winner of the New Scholars' Prize 2019 is Cara Brophy-Browne (Trinity College Dublin). The title of her essay is “Politics, Power and Performance: Towards a theory of representation for refugees in Europe”.

Helsinki Prize 2019

The Helsinki Prize was founded by the student Congress Team of the 2006 IFTR/FIRT World Congress in Helsinki. Since 2011, it has been offered annually by IFTR to a promising new scholar who may be a postgraduate or lecturer at any university, but whose country of origin and of first degree-level studies is in Africa, Asia, South America or the Middle East, and who wishes to participate in an IFTR conference.

The prize is awarded on the basis of academic merit and strives to promote the exchange and networking of new scholars in developing regions, and to encourage research in the field of theatre in their countries. The prize would enable the winner(s) to attend the 2019 IFTR conference at the Shanghai Theatre Academy 8–12 July 2019. It covers the following costs: conference registration, economy travel and student accommodation (or equivalent) for the duration of the conference.

The winner of the Helsinki Prize 2019 is Rina Tanaka (Meji University). The title of her essay is "Local Bodies in Japanese Popular Musical Theatre Today – Re-localization in the Transformation of the Musical Marie Antoinette”

 

 

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