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UB TH&D Faculty Receive Multiple Awards At ASTR

UB Faculty Achievements at 2018 ASTR Conference in San Diego

The University of Buffalo was well represented at the 2018 American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) Conference, which was titled Arousal: Theatre, Performance, Embodiment. Three members of Theatre & Dance Faculty received awards at the conference.

Meredith Conti, PhD. was awarded a Research Fellowship for her publication “Gunpowder Plots: A Cultural History of Firearms and the American Theatre”.  The purpose of ASTR Research Fellowship is to underwrite some of the research expenses of scholars undertaking projects significant to the field of theatre and/or performance studies.

Ariel Nereson, PhD. was awarded a Targeted Research Area Grant for her work, “Dancing Between Concert and Commercial Stages: Risk, Reward, and Racial Politics”. Targeted Research awards are intended to support specific projects by scholars working in areas important to ASTR’s mission that are currently under-represented in its various activities.

Eero Laine, PhD. received a David Keller Travel Award for his research article, “The Integrated Spectator: Theatre Audiences and Pedagogy” This award is meant to encourage untenured scholars with terminal degrees to become active members of the Society by helping them to meet the expenses of attending the ASTR annual meeting.

The American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) is a U.S.-based professional organization that fosters scholarship on worldwide theatre and performance, both historical and contemporary.

ASTR is the only theatre organization in the United States affiliated with IFTR and the American Council of Learned Societies. ASTR cooperates with the Theatre Library Association to host its annual conference and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education in many endeavors of mutual interest. ASTR also maintains liaisons and correspondence with the National Humanities AlliancePerformance Studies International, the Society of Dance History Scholars, and the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music regarding the administration of the Kurt Weill Prize.