Folklore Program alumnus Dr. James Revell Carr has been awarded the 2015 Alan Merriam Prize honoring the most distinguished English language monograph on the field of Ethnomusicology. Dr. Carr graduated from the Folklore Program at the University of Oregon with a Master’s Degree, attained his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at UC Santa Barbara, and is presently an Associate Professor in Ethnomusicology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He teaches courses in American vernacular music and non-Western music cultures, and he directs the UNCG Old Time Ensemble. Carr’s research focuses on the importance of travel and commerce in the development of hybrid music and dance cultures around the world. His major interests include sea chanteys, Hawaiian music, Anglo-American balladry, folk music revivals, and improvisational rock.
Dr. Carr’s book, Hawaiian Music in Motion: Mariners, Missionaries, and Minstrels, “is a sophisticated social history of Hawaiian music and globalization, as told through carefully researched, evocatively drawn, and richly interpreted discussions of Hawaiian performance, both at home and abroad,” according to Alan Merriam Prize Committee spokesperson Dr. Harris M. Berger. “From the early colonial encounters of the late eighteenth century, to interactions between Hawaiian, American, European, and African sailors in the whaling industry, to the performances of Hawaiians in North America, and struggles among American missionaries, American sailors, and native Hawaiians that played out in theatre and song, Carr reveals the complex ways in which situated actors with contrasting identities struggle for meaning in a world shot through with power relations.”
In a recent interview, Dr. Carr states that his training in Folklore “underscores everything I do. I think of myself more as a folklorist than an ethnomusicologist.” Carr’s work focuses on the music and culture of “average working class people, not elite culture.” He considers songs as texts and pores through archives for primary documents such as sailors’ journals and transcribed music that can date back hundreds of years. His experience as an archivist during his time in the UO Folklore Program is central to his ongoing research. Carr believes that “Folklore combines synchronistic fieldwork research with archival historical research in a very beautiful way,” and he is committed to bringing that approach to the field of ethnomusicology.
Carr cites Dianne Dugaw of the UO Folklore faculty as a vital influence, Carol Silverman as a consistent and supportive colleague, and Dan Wojcik for broadening his horizons concerning the value of studying popular music. Dr. Carr is currently working on his next book, an ethnography examining folk beliefs and culture that manifested during the last ten years of the Grateful Dead.
UNESCO on the Ground
Local Perspectives on Intangible Cultural Heritage
Edited by Michael Dylan Foster and Lisa Gilman
For nearly 70 years, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has played a crucial role in developing policies and recommendations for dealing with intangible cultural heritage. What has been the effect of such sweeping global policies on those actually affected by them? How connected is UNESCO with what is happening every day, on the ground, in local communities? Drawing upon six communities ranging across three continents—from India, South Korea, Malawi, Japan, Macedonia and China—and focusing on festival, ritual, and dance, this volume illuminates the complexities and challenges faced by those who find themselves drawn, in different ways, into UNESCO’s orbit. Some struggle to incorporate UNESCO recognition into their own local understanding of tradition; others cope with the fallout of a failed intangible cultural heritage nomination. By exploring locally, by looking outward from the inside, the essays show how a normative policy such as UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage policy can take on specific associations and inflections. A number of the key questions and themes emerge across the case studies and three accompanying commentaries: issues of terminology; power struggles between local, national and international stakeholders; the value of international recognition; and what forces shape selection processes. With examples from around the world, and a balance of local experiences with broader perspectives, this volume provides a unique comparative approach to timely questions of tradition and change in a rapidly globalizing world.
Adrian Engstrom von Alten, who graduated in Spring 2015 with a degree in Folklore and Sociology, traveled to Nepal to teach for ten weeks for his Wayne Morse Scholars Program practicum. You can read the article about his experience.
Click Here — Wayne Morse Article
Dorothee Ostmeier will present on Terror, Fantasy and the concept of Pop Literature tomorrow during RL’s Graduate Student Conference “Outbreak Breakout”
PANEL 1: APOCALYPTIC ANXIETIES: 10AM to 11:15, Straub 253
“Ambivalence and Anxiety: Examining Genre in the Mr. Vampire Jiangshi Films,” Daryl Li, Dept. of English
“Invasiones apocalípticas, mataderos y casas tomadas en la ciudad de los muros: El fin de Buenos Aires según José Pablo Feinmann”
Carlos G. Halaburda, University of British Columbia
“Destructive Fantasy in Christian Kracht’s ‘Der Gesang des Zauberers’
(1999)”, Dorothee Ostmeier, Dept. of German and Scandinavian
Moderator: Pedro García
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.