Theatre Professor Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston wins two prestigious awards

Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston

York University theatre Professor Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston was recently honoured with two prestigious awards for her research – one from the Canadian Association for Theatre Research and one from the American Anthropological Association.

The Canadian Association for Theatre Research’s Richard Plant Award, named in honour of the association’s cofounder, is given annually to the best English-language article on a Canadian theatre or performance topic. Kazubowski-Houston received the award this year for her “beautifully-written and evocatively argued” article titled “quiet theater,” describing her research with Romani women in Poland. The article was published in the journal Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies.

Kazubowski-Houston’s transnational independent research collective, the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (CIE), also earned recognition recently, with the GAD New Directions Award from the American Anthropological Association. The award recognizes work that presents anthropological perspectives to publics beyond the academy, across diverse forms of media, with methodological rigour and ethical engagement.

denielle Elliott

CIE is co-led by six sociocultural anthropologists including Kazubowski-Houston and denielle Elliott, a professor in York University’s Department of Social Science. Its five co-curators and 84 current members include scholars, artists, activists and practitioners from around the world. In making their selection, the award committee noted the CIE as an excellent and truly collaborative long-term intervention in the domain of pubic anthropology that fosters experimentation in genre, media and presentation, and in new venues that link anthropology and the human sciences to producers and audiences of across the arts.

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