UCR Dance Professor’s Latest Book to be Recognized

Anthea Kraut will receive the Emory Elliott Book Award

Anthea Kraut

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Anthea Kraut, professor of dance at the University of California, Riverside, will be honored with the 2015-16 Emory Elliott Book Award on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, for her book, “Choreographing Copyright: Race, Gender, and Intellectual Property Rights in American Dance.”

“It is truly an honor to be recognized in this way by my own colleagues at UCR,” Kraut said. “I’m also very fortunate in that I got to benefit from Emory’s mentorship while he was still with us, and I’m so moved to play a role in carrying on his formidable legacy.”

About the book

“Choreographing Copyright” is a new historical and cultural analysis of U.S. dance-makers’ investment in intellectual property rights. The book reconstructs efforts to win copyright protection for choreography and shows how dancers have embraced intellectual property rights as a means to both consolidate and contest racial and gender power.

Choreographing Copyright: Race, Gender and Intellectual Property Rights in American Dance by Anthea Kraut

Drawing on legal studies, critical race studies, gender studies, American dance history, and cultural studies of copyright, and through a series of case studies, Kraut offers fresh insight into the power dynamics of authorship and ownership in dance in the United States from the late 19th century to the early 21st century.

More about Emory Elliott

Emory Elliott was a distinguished professor of English at UCR who passed away suddenly in 2009. Staff, faculty, and students alike describe Elliott as a passionate and dedicated teacher, who mentored countless students and faculty. An advocate for an inclusive university, Emory championed diversity in admissions, faculty hiring, and new areas of inquiry.

The Emory Elliott Book Award has been made possible by gifts from Emory’s family and friends.  It honors a book published by a College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences faculty member during the previous academic year that best exemplifies the values that characterized Elliott and his contributions to life and academia.

“Emory’s virtues included a sensitivity to complexity, a commitment to clarity and an intellectual generosity that continue to inspire the work that goes on in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at UCR.” said Georgia Warnke, director of the Center for Ideas and Society. “These virtues are amply displayed in Anthea’s outstanding book.”

Other information

“Choreographing Copyright” also received these recognitions and awards: The Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s 2016 Outstanding Book Award; the Congress on Research in Dance’s Oscar G. Brockett Book Prize for Dance Research; the 2016 Biennial Sally Banes Publication Award from the American Society for Theatre Research; and Honorable Mention for the American Society for Theatre Research’s Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held at College Building South 114, on Jan.10, from 3 to 5 p.m. The event will include a reception and book talk. For questions, please contact Renee DeGuire, renee.deguire@ucr.edu, or call her at (951) 827-1556.

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