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Loren Kajikawa Releases New Book, “Sounding Race in Rap Songs”

Loren Kajikawa Book Cover

Sounding Race in Rap Songs argues that rap music allows us not only to see but also to hear how mass-mediated culture engenders new understandings of race. The book traces the changing sounds of race across some of the best-known rap songs of the past thirty-five years, combining song-level analysis with historical contextualization to show how these representations of identity depend on specific artistic decisions, such as those related to how producers make beats.  Read More

Lisa Gilman and AFS Board
Folklore Program Director Prof. Lisa Gilman recently returned from a meeting of the Executive Board of the American Folklore Society held in Columbus, OH, March 12-14, 2015. Photo, courtesy of Board Member Prof. Norma Cantu.

Please join Dr. Loren Kajikawa on Friday, March 13th from 3-4:30pm in Gerlinger Lounge for Hands Up & Breathe: A Conversation About Racial Justice and Hip Hop Culture with Jeff Chang and James Peterson

Hands Up & Breathe: A Conversation About Racial Justice and Hip Hop Culture with Jeff Chang and James Peterson is possible through the generous sponsorship of the Department of English, the Department of Ethnic Studies, the Oregon Humanities Center, the School of Music and Dance, the Center on Diversity and Community, and the Justice, Difference, and Inequality General Education Cluster.

sled_dogs_raceNikki Silvestrini will deliver the second Folklore Graduate Colloquium address on April 23 at 6:00 pm in the Maple Room at Knight Library.  Read More

 

 

 

 


 

 

Pineridge Bluegrass Folklore Society

Come One, Come All !!

The Third Folklore Program Welcoming Event

UO offers a major and minor in Folklore, as well as an MA.  You could be closer to a degree than you think! Learn more about the Folklore Program by joining us Thursday, May 21, at 4:00 pm in the Maple Room at Knight Library.

FREE PIZZA AND REFRESHMENTS

Welcoming Event

 


 

The Folklore Program at the University of Oregon is proud to announce that Dr. Carol Silverman has been inducted into the Fellows of the American Folklore Society.  Read More

The Folklore Program at the University of Oregon is proud to announce that Dr. Carol Silverman has been inducted into the Fellows of the American Folklore Society.  Click image to Read More.

Dr. Lisa Gilman, Director of the Folklore Program, has been elected to the Executive Board of the American Folklore Society. Click image to Read More.

Dr. Lisa Gilman, Director of the Folklore Program, has been elected to the Executive Board of the American Folklore Society. Click image to Read More.

Studies in Folklore

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.

The Folklore Program offers perspectives on ethnic, regional, occupational, gender, and other traditional identities of individuals in specific societies. Students study the extent to which tradition continues to enrich and express the dynamics of human behavior throughout the world. Folklore courses examine the historical, cultural, social, and psychological dimensions of such expressive forms as mythology, legend, folktale, music, dance, art, belief, foodways, ritual, and ceremony.

Theoretical analyses, research methods, and fieldwork techniques are integral parts of the program’s curriculum. Graduate courses cover an extensive range of interdisciplinary topics: cultural heritage, ethnicity, subcultures, popular culture, performance, gender, film, religion, community arts administration, local culture, and issues of diversity and globalization.

Folklore graduates work in various public and private agencies as educators, archivists, editors, arts and humanities consultants, museum curators, festival planners, and more.

Read an article about the Folklore major.

In addition to the undergraduate major and minor in Folklore, the UO’s Folklore Program has introduced two new tracks to its existing graduate Master’s degree program. The General Folklore Track offers students a strong foundation in Folklore Studies while also allowing them to take elective courses in their areas of focus, such as anthropology, arts and administration, English, comparative literature, and music. The Public Folklore Track prepares students who plan to work in the public sphere by building professional skills such as ethnographic research, documentation, grant writing, administration, and programming. For more information about graduate studies in Folklore at the University of Oregon, please visit our: Graduate Studies page.


The American Folklore Society (AFS) is the national professional academic organization for the discipline of Folklore.  For information about the AFS and to learn how to become a member, use this link.