ASTR Translation Prize 2021

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions


The Winner of this year’s prize is Janne Risum of Aarhus University in Denmark, for her translation of the Minutes from an “Evening to Sum Up the Conclusions from the Stay of the Theatre of Mei Lanfang in the Soviet Union,” published in Asian Theatre Journal. On 14 April 1935, the legendary Chinese actor best known for his influence on Brecht had an extraordinary conversation with key Russian theatre artists, including Meyerhold, Tretyakov, Eisenstein, and Viktor Shlovsky. With the beginning of the Stalinist purges in 1936, the record of the evening was repeatedly suppressed and censored. Our committee was deeply impressed by Professor Risum’s efforts over many years to retrieve and reconstruct this text, the quality of her translation, and the thoroughness of her scholarly commentary—a model we hope future submissions will follow when they are dealing
with historical documents and the theatre cultures of the past. - The chair of ASTR’s Translation Prize Committee, Aparna Dharwadker, Professor of English and Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Degree of recognitionInternational
Granting OrganisationsAmerican Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)

Awarded at event

Event titleASTR 2021 Annual Conference
LocationSan Diego, United StatesShow on map
Period28 Oct 2021 → 31 Oct 2021