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Call for Submissions: 2023 Sorgenfrei Prize

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2023 Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei Prize for Japanese Theatre Scholarship

Submission Deadline: May 30, 2024


The Association for Asian Performance is pleased to announce a call for submissions to the 2023 Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei Prize for Japanese Theatre Scholarship. The prize shall consist of a three-thousand-dollar award, a plaque and a complimentary year’s membership in AAP.


The Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei Prize for Japanese Theatre is designed to promote and encourage the study of Japanese theatre and performance given to an early career scholar for an outstanding article, chapter, or essay on Japanese theatre or performance published in English during the current calendrical year in a journal, online journal, or book. (Early career scholars may include current graduate students, or those with an MA/MFA/PhD/other terminal degree no more than six years past graduation, including independent scholars.)


Nominated essays may cover any period, any style and any genre of Japanese theatre or performance (note: performance here is taken to mean theatrical performance, dance and other related forms), published in English between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023 in a peer-reviewed or otherwise vetted publication. The selection committee shall have final determination as to whether or not an essay qualifies for the prize. Self-nominations will be accepted, as will nomination by editor or other. There is no limit on nominations from a single publication.


The winner will be announced by early Summer and the prize awarded at the AAP Annual Conference in August 2024. The winning essay will be an original contribution to the field, exhibit excellence in the analysis of Japanese theatre, and demonstrate the author’s potential as a scholar of Japanese theatre.


Submission deadline for the 2023 Prize is May 30, 2024. Submissions should be sent directly to David Jortner, chair of the prize committee, at

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