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.
“Let the bodies hit the floor,” shouts the band Drowning Pool over and over and over during the chorus of their song “Bodies.”
The group wrote the tune as a reflection of the mosh pits they see while performing on stage, but the song became an anthem of war for many troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Its lyrics were the soundtrack that blared through headphones and speakers when they prepared for combat.
But these soldiers didn’t choose the song — or similarly aggressive metal and rap hits by the likes of Metallica, Slayer and Lil Jon — because they were all Rambo-like fighters...
Peter Jan Margry Lecture “Pilgrimage in Transformation: The Influence of the Camino Phenomenon on the Concept of Pilgrimage”
July 11, 2016
Browsing Room, Knight Library
Pilgrimage is an important ritual expression that exists within most religions of the world. For centuries Christian pilgrimage was relatively unchanged in its functions and ritual processes. However during the past decades modernity has had its impact on religion and influenced pilgrimage practices as well. This presentation explores how the popular rediscovery of the Camino to Santiago de Compostela and the reinvention of its pilgrimage traditions have led to a global proliferation of new ways of pilgrimaging; how has...
Summer is coming, and the UO Folklore Program is offering a number of great courses for undergraduates and graduates!!
Summer Session 6/20-7/17
Folklore and Religion w/ Dr. Dan Wojcik
FLR 411/511 CRN 40866
MTWR 12:00 – 1:50
This course explores religious practices and supernatural beliefs in modern society as expressed in folklore and film. We will examine religion and spirituality as it is “lived,” focusing primarily on beliefs and practices that are informally learned and generally unsanctioned by institutional doctrines and authorities. The course is organized to...