Posted on 30/07/2013
Brahma Prakash, a postgraduate research student in the Department, who has already defended his PhD thesis and is completing his final corrections, received the Dwight Conquergood Award at PSI-19 at Stanford University on 29 June 2013. Brahma Prakash is currently employed as an assistant professor of theatre and performance studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
Every year the board of Performance Studies International (PSI), an umbrella organization of theatre and performance studies, makes this award in honour of the memory of Dwight Conquergood to an individual whose work around cultural performance in some way carries a connection to Conquergood´s own radical praxis. Conquergood was one of the most critically engaged activist and performance studies scholar of the late 20th and early 21st centuries whose work ranged from the street gangs of Chicago to refugees in Thailand and Gaza.
The PSi judges unanimously selected for this year’s award Brahma Prakash. Prakash’s PhD research on the performance of cultural labour was cited as making a ‘strong, convincing and original’ contribution to the field through an ethnographic approach and engagement with the performance cultures of the most oppressed sections of Indian society.