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The Folklore Program at the University of Oregon is one of a few major centers of folkloristic research in the United States. With more than thirty participating faculty, our program provides an interdisciplinary approach to a Masters Degree, allowing students to create a focused course of study in their areas of interest.


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Mathilde Lind Wins NOMAD Prize

Letter announcing Mathilde Lind as NOMAD prize winner:

I’d like you to join me in congratulating this year’s winner of the NOMAD prize for the best essay published in the NOMAD journal – Folklore Undergraduate Mathilde Lind. Mathilde’s essay, “The Absurdity of Literary Folktales in Zachris Topelius’ ‘The Sea King’s Gift’” is remarkable in the ingenuity and the execution of the argument, and is a very vaulable addition to this year’s journal titled “Humors.”

It also gives me great pleasure to announce Finlay Louden as deserving honorable mention for their essay



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Lani Teves Talk

Theorizing “the hoʻi mai” in This is Paradise

Jun 2, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

[Colloquium Series]

Many Nations Longhouse

Native Pacific Cultural Studies scholars have theorized the concept of roots and routes to frame Pacific indigeneity and diaspora. In this paper, I contemplate what some Kānaka Maoli have termed, “the hoʻi mai”, that is, the return home to Hawaiʻi. Kānaka Maoli living in the diaspora are consistently told that in order to be authentically Kanaka Maoli and to have a voice in the larger struggle for Hawaiian sovereignty, they need to “come home”. According to



Call for Book Proposals

The University of Illinois Press, the University Press of Mississippi, and the University of Wisconsin Press, in cooperation with the American Folklore Society and with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, invite proposals to a workshop at the 2011 conference of the American Folklore Society for authors working on their first book. Up to six authors will be selected to participate in a full day of intensive activities devoted to critiquing and developing their individual projects  Projects selected for the workshop will be candidates for publication in the Presses’ new