Congratulations to these Students for their Outstanding Work!
UO Folklore Program
2015 Alma Johnson Graduate Folklore Award
“”Year of the Possum” and Authenticities: Folk Revival and Reciprocal Filmmaking with the Green Grass Cloggers”
UO Folklore Program
2015 Kate Martin Undergraduate Folklore Award
“Sexuality in U.S. Naval Folklore”
UO Folklore Program Summer
2015 Research Awards
Award of $500 to support ethnographic fieldwork with “re-wilders” in the northern Great Basin, in support of his Master’s Thesis.
Award of $500 to support fieldwork in the astrological community in Portland and Seattle in support of her Master’s Thesis.
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 “A Tale of Two Snorris: Reading Conflicting Culture, Ritual, and Ridicule in Snorri Sturluson’s Poetic Edda”.
A huge thank you to all of this year NOMAD mentees and mentors for putting together an amazing range of essays related to Humors–kudos to all of you!
Rap has cultivated a mainstream audience and become a multimillion-dollar industry by promoting highly visible and often controversial representations of blackness. 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. Each chapter explores the process behind the production of hit songs by musicians including Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, the Sugarhill Gang, Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy, N.W.A., Dr. Dre, and Eminem. This series of case studies highlights stylistic differences in sound, lyrics, and imagery, with musical examples and illustrations that help answer the core question: can we hear race in rap songs? Integrating theory from interdisciplinary areas, this book will resonate with students and scholars of popular music, race relations, urban culture, ethnomusicology, sound studies, and beyond.
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Loren Kajikawa is Assistant Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at the University of Oregon, where he teaches courses on a variety of twentieth- and twenty-first-century musical practices.