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April 18, 2016

Dr. Carol Silverman To Give Invited Lecturess

Dr. Carol Silverman is slated to deliver invited lectures at the Library of Congress, Brooklyn College, and New York University.  Details of the lectures can be found below.
Carol Silverman is Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Folklore at the University of Oregon. She has done research with Roma for over 25 years in the Balkans, Western Europe and the US. Her work explores the intersection of politics, music, human rights, gender, and state policy with a focus on issues of representation. She is also a professional performer and teacher of Balkan music, and works with the NGO Voice of Roma. Her book Romani Routes: Cultural Politics and Balkan Music in Diaspora (Oxford University Press, 2012) won the Merriam Book Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology.
Global “Gypsy”:  Balkan Romani Music, Appropriation and Representation
Carol Silverman, Prof. of Anthropology and Folklore, University of Oregon
Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture at the Library of Congress
Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building, Library of Congress
April 21, 2016, noon
“Gendered Migration of Muslim Balkan Roma: Work, Sexuality, and Ritual in New York and Germany”
April 15, 2016,  4:30 PM
NYU Gender and Transformation: Women in Europe Workshop
Global “Gypsy”:  Balkan Romani Music, Appropriation and Representation
April 19, 2016 11 AM
Brooklyn College, Wolf Institute for the Humanities, and Department of History
Tanger Auditorium, info: 718-951-5847

Dr. Dorothee Ostmeier Releases Video – “Fairy Tales, Fantasy and the Uncanny”

Dr. Dorothee Ostmeier, in collaboration with the UO Office of International Affairs, has released a video entitled “Fairy Tales, Fantasy and the Uncanny.”

Dorothee Ostmeier is Professor of German and Folklore at the University of Oregon, where she also serves as Affiliated Faculty of Comparative Literature, Women and Gender Studies, and the Center for the Studies of Women in Society (CSWS). Her research and teaching focuses on the borders between German literatures, culture and philosophies of the 18th to the 21st centuries. International reviews of her book Sprache des Dramas-Drama der Sprache. Nelly Sachs’ Dramatische Szenen, recognize this study as one of the few works that analyze Sachs’ cryptic dramatic writings, which she composed after escaping Nazi persecution in 1941. Ostmeier’s analysis situates Sachs’ oeuvre within the ongoing debate on obsessive memory in the face of the universal disappearance of idealist utopias.

April 17, 2016

Folklore Program Alumnus Hired at Truman State University

Dr. Summer Pennell, 2009 M.A. graduate of the University of Oregon Folklore Program, has been hired as Assistant Professor of English Education in the Department of English and Linguistics at Truman State University in Missouri.
During her master’s program at UO, Dr. Pennell was interested in doing outreach and educational programming and originally planned on working for a museum or community organization. Her master’s thesis was a lesbian-themed Indonesian shadow puppet performance, with a focus on the performance as a form of public education and outreach. Upon graduation, Dr. Pennell entered an alternative licensure program and became a high school English teacher in rural North Carolina. She loved teaching, but was dismayed by heteronormative and homophobic cultures and practices that harmed both herself and her queer students. This experience lead Dr. Pennell to find her true passion in education and social justice, and after two years in the classroom she entered a PhD in Education program at UNC-Chapel Hill, in a strand called Culture, Curriculum and Change. Dr. Pennell also took a course in UNC’s folklore department on collaborative ethnography, and did an independent study with her favorite folklorist, Elaine Lawless, when she was a visiting faculty member here. Dr. Pennell goals were to improve schooling experiences for LGBTQ students, teachers and families, and that has remained the driving force that permeates all of her research.
According to Dr. Pennell, “My folklore training informs all that I do. My research is qualitative and primarily ethnographic, which I learned first at UO. I also think folklore gave me a drive to study and celebrate things on the margin, and this has continued in my work in education. The mainstream has enough attention- I want to celebrate the people, places, and subjects on the outside.”
This fall Dr. Pennell will be teaching an LGBTQ YA literature course. Truman has a folklore minor housed in her department.  Dr. Pennell will teach a folklore methods class and is planning a class that combines folklore research methods with new literacies, which is “a fancy way of saying I want to teach a class on daily documentation processes like instagram and snapchat.” Dr. Pennell cites Dr. Lisa Gilman, who was her advisor at UO, as a primary and ongoing influence. “I really enjoyed both her Folklore & Gender and Folklore & Sexuality classes at UO,” says Dr. Pennell, “they have continued to be influential to my current work.”
March 31, 2016

Dr. Martha Bayless Awarded Collaborative Research Fellowship

Bread is the cornerstone of a healthy diet, but for UO English professor Martha Bayless it’s also a chance to leaven her research with a national fellowship.

Bayless and her groundbreaking research on bread and its cultural, sociological and economic impact on Anglo-Saxon England has been awarded a Collaborative Research Fellowship from ­­the American Council of Learned Societies.

The fellowship awarded to Bayless and her colleague, Debby Banham from the University of Cambridge, will fund up to $200,000 for their project during their 24-month tenure.

Bayless’ and Banham’s ongoing research will eventually be part of a book, “Survival, Civilization, and Salvation: The Origins of Bread Culture in Early England.”

The book will focus on “both the day-to-day as well as the larger themes of early English bread culture from a multidisciplinary perspective and demonstrate the ways in which a staple foodstuff formed a nexus of social practice and moral meaning that was imbued with symbolic and cultural significance.”

Bayless and Banham’s work was among nine projects funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the American Council of Learned Societies.

By Craig Garcia, University Communications intern

March 15, 2016

Dr. Lisa Gilman Releases New Book

The UO Folklore Program is proud to announce the release of a new book by Dr. Lisa Gilman,

My Music, My War: The Listening Habits of U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Music in the everyday lives of U.S. troops and combat veterans

In the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, recent technological developments in music listening enabled troops to carry with them vast amounts of music and easily acquire new music, for themselves and to share with their fellow troops as well as friends and loved ones far away. This ethnographic study examines U.S. troops’ musical-listening habits during and after war, and the accompanying fear, domination, violence, isolation, pain, and loss that troops experienced. My Music, My War is a moving ethnographic account of what war was like for those most intimately involved. It shows how individuals survive in the messy webs of conflicting thoughts and emotions that are intricately part of the moment-to-moment and day-to-day phenomenon of war, and the pervasive memories in its aftermath. It gives fresh insight into musical listening as it relates to social dynamics, gender, community formation, memory, trauma, and politics.

Click here for TABLE OF CONTENTS

Reviews / Endorsements:

“A gifted interviewer, Lisa Gilman goes beyond stereotypes of the wounded American soldier by painting a complex and nuanced emotional portrait of contemporary soldiers’ lives, ones which the media rarely allow us to see and hear.”—Jonathan Ritter, coeditor of Music in the Post-9/11 World

My Music, My War makes an original contribution to current studies on music and war, with its nuanced discussion of how music listening is used to define, and at times resist, gendered norms and rhetorics of hyper-masculinity, as well as the complex roles that music plays in veterans’ reintegration into civilian life.”
—Kip Pegley, coeditor of Music, Politics, and Violence


Lisa Gilman is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Folklore Program at the University of Oregon.  She is the author of The Dance of Politics: Performance, Gender, and Democratization in Malawi and director of the film Grounds For Resistance: Stories of War, Sacrifice, and Good Coffee.

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