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April 15, 2015

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Folklore Graduate Colloquium April 23 at 6pm


Please join us for our Graduate Colloquium Series presentation hosted by Nikki Silvestrini, Thursday, April 23, 6:00 pm, in the Maple Room at the EMU on the University of Oregon campus.

“Ganglines: The Ties That Bind The Sled-Dog Community” is the result of fieldwork done at a Michigan sled-dog kennel for Nikki Silvestrini’s undergraduate thesis.  “Ganglines” looks at the role of dogs in the folk group as they are represented through narrative and humor while analyzing how this speaks to the human-animal relationship in this particular community.

Folklore Graduate Colloquium



Nikki Silvestrini will deliver the second Folklore Graduate Colloquium address on April 23 at 6:00 pm in the Maple Room at the EMU.  Read More

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.

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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.

Lisa Gilman attends AFS Executive Board meeting

Lisa Gilman and AFS Board

Folklore Program Director Prof. Lisa Gilman recently returned from a meeting of the Executive Board of the American Folklore Society held in Columbus, OH, March 12-14, 2015. Photo, courtesy of Board Member Prof. Norma Cantu.

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