Recognition for groundbreaking theatre studies

July 26, 2010

A Murdoch University lecturer has been recognised for her “groundbreaking work of contemporary critical scholarship”.

Dr Helena Grehan’s book, Performance, Ethics and Spectatorship in a Global Age, has been given the highest recognition by the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA).

Dr Grehan, a Senior Lecturer in the University’s School of Social Sciences and Humanities, was announced the joint winner of this year’s Rob Jordan Prize, an award presented every two years.

The Rob Jordan Prize is given to authors who are ADSA affiliates in recognition of their significant contribution to the study of theatre or drama studies
Dr Grehan’s book explores ways in which the forms of ethics developed by Emmanuel Levinas and others can be related to the spectatorship of live performance events.

Through the book, Dr Grehan identifies what issues are at stake aesthetically and performatively, as well as ethically and politically.

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