Lawrence Kramer wins the 2017 ASCAP Virgil Thomson Award

 

We are pleased to announce that Lawrence Kramer’s book The Thought of Music was awarded The Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism in the concert music field.

Established in 1967 and made possible by the Virgil Thomson Foundation, the ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Awards are given each year to recognize outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music.

 

We’re proud to have published this book with Lawrence Kramer, as well as his two previous UC Press titles: Interpreting Music and Expression and Truth. We warmly congratulate him on this significant recognition for his work.

Read more from Lawrence Kramer in this guest blog post on The Thought of Music.


Gender, Sexual Politics, and the Religious Presidency of Mr. Trump

This guest post is published as part of a series related to the American Sociological Association conference from August 12 – 15 in Montreal, Quebec. #ASA17

By Kelsy Burke, author of Christians under Covers: Evangelicals and Sexual Pleasure on the Internet, winner of the 2017 Distinguished Book Award for the ASA Sociology of Religion section

It is glaringly obvious that President Donald Trump is not an ideal representative of conservative Christianity, boasting about sexual escapades, disparaging the poor and marginalized, and idolizing money and wealth. Yet, white evangelicals are among his strongest supporters. Why? One explanation is that when Mr. Trump defends and promotes conservative gender and sexual politics, he caters to and reflects an evangelical worldview.

In my research on the evangelical sex advice industry in my book, Christians under Covers: Evangelicals and Sexual Pleasure on the Internet, I find that conservative evangelicals have learned to have their cake and eat it too: they can be extremely permissive and progressive when it comes to sexual practices within monogamous heterosexual marriages, but still exclude and disparage sex in any other arrangement. In other words, the book authors, bloggers, and other website users I studied drew from secular cultural attitudes that good sex is good for you—your health, happiness, and your relationships—but still depended on their religious beliefs to create boundaries about who is allowed to have sex.

I see a similar logic unfold as family-values conservatives face a cultural quagmire. They can’t rely on many of the typical cornerstones they once used in secular debates to define “good” and “healthy” relationships. Marriage, monogamy, parenthood, and domesticity, are now visibly occupied by GLBT families. Even a President like Trump is forced into the realm of religious beliefs in order to find evidence for conservative gender and sexual politics.

Take the most recent example: A White House Memo (based on the now infamous 6:00am tweet) where President Trump declared a ban on transgender people serving in the military.

It is easy to debunk Trump’s claim that medical costs associated with transgender healthcare are burdensome: these would comprise between 0.04 and 0.13 percent of healthcare expenditures according to a RAND study. The argument that transgender soldiers may diminish unit cohesion is also weak, given that it has been used and successfully challenged as military positions became open to non-whites, women, and gays and lesbians.

The only argument left to withstand scrutiny is a religious one—where conservatives can claim that their beliefs come from God. The idea that transgender people should be managed, excluded, and outed is justified by claims of conservative Christian leaders that a binary gender order was divinely created. By emphasizing their own religious convictions, conservatives need not address other challenges to their logic.

So when a secular President like Mr. Trump tweets about conservative gender and sexuality politics, make no mistake: he is preaching to the choir of the religious right.


Kelsy Burke is Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Nebraska – Lincoln.


Paul U. Unschuld awarded China Special Book Award 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The German sinologist, public health expert and medical historian of Charité-Universitaetsmedizin Berlin will be awarded with the China Special Book Award 2017 at the opening of the Beijing International Book Fair in Beijing on 22 August 2017.

The Special Book Award of China is a national-level reward established by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of China, aiming to recognize foreign writers, translators and publishers for their long-term contributions to introducing, translating and publishing Chinese books as well as in promoting cultural exchanges. Established in 2005, its awarding ceremony is held annually in the evening of one day before Beijing International Book Fair at the Great Hall of the People.

Chinese state leaders will attend the awarding ceremony to congratulate the recipients of the award. The award winner will get a certificate of honor, a trophy and a monetary prize in recognition of his or her contributions.

About Paul U. Unschuld

Paul U. Unschuld, born 1943, was trained in pharmaceutical science, Chinese and Political Studies at Munich University and public health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In 1976, his academic career started at the Department of Behavioral Sciences of the School of Hygiene and Public Health of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD/USA. In 1986 he returned to Germany to become Director of the Research Institute for the History of Medicine at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich. On 1 November 2006, he was named Founding Director of the Horst-Goertz-Endowment Insitute for the History, Ethics and Theory of Chinese Life Sciences of Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin. His research focusses on the comparative history of medicine and related life sciences in China and Europe, with a focus on the history of ideas. He has published numerous articles and more than thirty monographs in various language, including annotated translations of the ancient Chinese medical classics. Among his recent publications is Huang Di Nei Jing Ling Shu – Ancient Classic of Needle Therapy, published by University of California Press, August 2016.


Richard Taruskin Wins 2017 Kyoto Prize

UC Berkeley Department of Music Professor Emeritus Richard Taruskin has been awarded the prestigious Kyoto Prize. A notable honor, the Kyoto Prize has long been regarded by many as the most significant award available in fields that are traditionally not honored with a Nobel Prize.

   

Bestowed annually since 1985 by the Inamori Foundation, the Prize is presented in three categories: Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and the Arts and Philosophy. Taruskin joins prominent scholars to win the award including Noam Chomsky, Jane Goodall, Witold Lutoslawski, and fellow UC Berkeley faculty member Richard Karp.

“The quality and volume of his work reveal that in music, creativity can be found not only in composition and performance, but also in meticulous discourse contextualizing the art.”—Inamori Foundation

A world-renowned musicologist, music historian, and critic Taruskin came to UC Berkeley Music in 1986. Previously he served numerous roles at Columbia University where he earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. While at Columbia he worked as choral conductor and played viola da gamba with the well-known Aulos Ensemble.

UC Press is proud to be the publisher of many of Richard’s books, including the recently-released Russian Music at Home and Abroad. We warmly congratulate him on this significant recognition for his work.


BRUCE CONNER wins the 2017 Dedalus Foundation Exhibition Catalogue Award

The Dedalus Foundation Exhibition Catalogue Award is awarded annually to the author or authors of an outstanding exhibition catalogue published in a given calendar year that makes a significant contribution to the scholarship of modern art or modernism. This award is given in addition to, and as the complement of, the prestigious Robert Motherwell Book Award.

We are proud to announce the 2017 award went to BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE by Rudolph Frieling and Gary Garrels, published in association with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

“The historic exhibition catalogue BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE offers a rigorous accounting and analysis of a pivotal American artist whose pioneering work in various media, including film and video, works on paper, assemblages, photographs and photograms, performance, and more, continues to exert tremendous influence on artists working today.

The catalogue offers a highly anticipated contemporary perspective on Conner, providing a definitive examination of his output and place in postwar art. It features a wide range of artworks and ephemeral materials never before published.”

To learn more about the exhibition, listen to the Modern Art Notes podcast interview with curator Gary Garrels.

Save 30% on the catalogue with online purchase—enter discount code 16W6596 at checkout.


Better Git It in Your Soul Wins ‘Jazz Book of the Year’ Award

Congratulations to Krin Gabbard on winning the Jazz Journalists Association‘s 2017 ‘Jazz Book of the Year’ for Better Git It in Your Soul: An Interpretive Biography of Charles Mingus.

In addition to this significant recognition, Gabbard’s book has garnered praise from many corners:

“Will likely long stand as the definitive account of the genius, and enigma, that was this great bassist, bandleader, and composer. Certainly no one has heretofore delved as deeply and thoroughly into what made him tick.”—W. Royal Stokes Blog

“‘Better Git It In Your Soul draws the reader to listening to its subject’s productions. If already familiar with Mingus’ music, a reader may return to favorites with fresh ears and deeper insights. . . . Gabbard’s greatest personal contribution to understanding Mingus is his contextualization of events through his own broad, well-informed perspective.”—DownBeat

“Offers several lenses through which to view Mingus and his music. . . . There is much in Better Git It In Your Soul to limn one’s understanding of and approach to Mingus’ tremendous body of work as well as the challenges he faced and orchestrated as a black artist in America.”—The New York City Jazz Record

“This is a wonderful book! This book completely absorbed me. . . . You really took me in with your own emotional palette.”—NPR/On Point with Tom Ashbrook

“This isn’t simply a new telling of Mingus’ life story, although Gabbard does an excellent job of that in just under 100 concise and nicely paced pages. Gabbard also takes a deep dive into specific aspects of Mingus’ output. Most notably, he performs forensic work in exploring how Beneath the Underdog came to be.”—PopMatters

To get yourself a copy of this keeper, save 30% by entering discount code 16M4197 at checkout.


Krin Gabbard retired after thirty-three years of teaching at Stony Brook University, and he now teaches in the jazz studies program at Columbia University. His previous books include Hotter than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture and Jammin’ at the Margins: Jazz and the American Cinema. He lives in New York City with his wife, Paula, and he is busy playing his trumpet and writing a memoir about his parents.


2017 Kraszna-Krausz Book Award Winners

We’re delighted to announce that multiple UC Press titles have been recognized at this year’s Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Book Awards! Celebrating excellence in photography and moving image publishing, the KKF Awards are the UK’s leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image (including film, television and new media).

This year, we’re pleased to share that Anatomy of Sound: Norman Corwin and Media Authorship, edited by Jacob Smith and Neil Verma, has been selected for the Kraszna-Krausz Best Moving Image Book award for 2017.

“At long last, the most important radio auteur of the twentieth century (and a gifted screenwriter to boot) has received the attention he deserves. This book is not only an indispensable guide to Norman Corwin’s work but also a foundational study of the aesthetics and politics of radio and screen.” —James Naremore, author of An Invention without a Future: Essays on Cinema

       
 

Other UC Press finalists include:

These titles, along with the other Moving Image award finalists, will be among the books exhibited at the Somerset House during the Photo London Exhibition this month.

Many congratulations to our authors, and to all other authors recognized at this year’s awards!

See the selection of UC Press titles that were recognized last year.


Camilo D. Trumper Awarded the Southern Cone Studies Section Book Prize by the Latin American Studies Association

Congratulations to Camilo D. Trumper on winning the Latin American Studies Association‘s Southern Cone Studies Section Book Prize for his book, Ephemeral Histories: Public Art, Politics, and the Struggle for the Streets in Chile.

The LASA Southern Cone Studies Section Book Prize each year honors a book of exceptional merit published during the previous year by a scholar who is a section member and whose book contributes original scholarship to the field.

Ephemeral Histories has received considerable praise from reviewers, and we’re proud that Camilo’s work has earned this significant recognition.

“Bold and original, built upon repeated acts of disciplinary transgression, Ephemeral Histories is a remarkable work of historical recuperation. Rarely has the promise of interdisciplinarity been so vividly realized.”

— Raymond Craib, author of The Cry of the Renegade: Politics and Poetry in Interwar Chile

With a sensitive eye for the ephemeral and the mundane, drawing from a diverse and neglected archive of public life, Trumper tells the story of a creative moment in Chilean and Latin American history, and explains the broad repression that followed it. His innovative approach to the public sphere offers new possibilities for a strongly conceptualized yet empirically rich history of politics and culture.”

— Pablo A. Piccato, Columbia University


Camilo D. Trumper is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Latin American History at the University at Buffalo, SUNY.


Jennifer L. Roberts Awarded the 29th Annual Eldredge Prize by the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Congratulations to Jennifer L. Roberts on winning the Smithsonian American Art Museum‘s 29th Annual Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship for her book, Transporting Visions: The Movement of Images in Early America.

The jurors wrote in a joint statement:

“Roberts’s adventurous account provides an exciting indication of where the field of American art is going as it pushes analysis of visual material into new terrain.”

UC Press is incredibly proud of this recognition in particular, and the continued acknowledgement of our American Art History publishing program by the Eldredge Prize: we have now won this distinguished award a total of nine times.


Jennifer L. Roberts is Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. She teaches American art from the colonial period to the present, with particular focus on issues of landscape, expedition, material culture theory, and the history of science, and is the author of Mirror-Travels: Robert Smithson and History and Jasper Johns/In Press: The SI-207-2017 2 Crosshatch Works and the Logic of Print.

 

 


Nonstop Metropolis Wins the Municipal Art Society of New York’s 2017 Brendan Gill Prize

We are excited to announce that the Municipal Art Society of New York has awarded this year’s Brendan Gill Prize to Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City AtlasCONGRATULATIONS to editors Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro!

The Gill Award jury recognized the book:

“For its thought-provoking, well-informed essays, and innovative, story-telling mappings, as a work of art that brings rich life, social and literary history, and perspective to the urban journeys all New Yorkers share. By inviting a diverse host of collaborators to contribute to this beautifully plural portrait of our urban archipelago, the book resonates the resiliency of the myriad of communities that contribute to our city’s dynamism.”

About the Brendan Gill Prize:

In 1986, the MAS trustee, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, announced the creation of the Brendan Gill Prize. Inspired by the renown New Yorker theater and architecture critic, social historian and former MAS President, the endowed prize has been given annually for the past 29 years to the “creator of a building, book, essay, musical composition, play, film, painting, sculpture, choreographic work or landscape design, that best captures the energy, vigor and verve of our incomparable city.” The creation must have been accomplished in the previous year and is not for a life’s work. The Brendan Gill Jury, comprised of eight civic-minded professionals representing the arts and design community, selects the awardee through nominations submitted to the MAS website and e-newsletter. The list of previous winners is attached; the range is diverse, and the book, Josh, and Rebecca are in extraordinary company.