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October 2, 2015

Adrian Engstrom von Alten – Wayne Morse Scholar

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

July 10, 2015

2014-2015 Student Award Recipients

Congratulations to these Students for their Outstanding Work!

UO Folklore Program
2015 Alma Johnson Graduate Folklore Award

Bruno Seraphin
“”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

Corbett Robley
“Sexuality in U.S. Naval Folklore”

UO Folklore Program Summer
2015 Research Awards

Bruno Seraphin
Award of $500 to support ethnographic fieldwork with “re-wilders” in the northern Great Basin, in support of his Master’s Thesis.

Tracy Thornton
Award of $500 to support fieldwork in the astrological community in Portland and Seattle in support of her Master’s Thesis.

June 25, 2015

Folklore Graduation June 2015

Pictures from the June Graduation Ceremony for Folklore Undergrads and Graduates.  Presented publicly by Folklore Program Director Lisa Gilman


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June 2, 2015

Mathilde Lind Wins NOMAD Prize

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!

Sunayani Bhattacharya

NOMAD Editor

March 17, 2015

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

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.

For ordering information and more information, Click Here

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.

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