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.
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
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.
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.