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Daniel Wojcik

Daniel Wojcik

Office: 463 PLC
Hours: Tuesday 1:30-2:30 pm & 8:00-8:30 pm, Thursday 1:30-3:00 pm, and by appointment
Phone: (541) 346-3946

Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 1992

Research Areas:

  • Alternative Spiritualities and New Religious Movements
  • Apocalyptic Beliefs, Millenarianism, and Popular Eschatology
  • Contemporary Folklore Studies, Cultural Theory, and Urban Ethnology
  • Pilgrimage and Spiritual Tourism
  • Subcultures and Popular Culture
  • Visionary and “Outsider” Artists

Courses Taught:

  • Folklore and Religion
  • History of Folklore Theory and Research
  • Introduction to Folklore
  • Popular Culture and Folklore
  • Track Town Traditions and the Culture of Running
  • Apocalypse Now and Then: The End of the World in American Culture and Consciousness
  • Folk Art, Visionary Art, and Vernacular Traditions

Selected Publications:

  • The End of the World As We Know It: Faith, Fatalism, and Apocalypse in America, New York University Press, 1997.
  • Punk and Neo-Tribal Body Art, University Press of Mississippi, 1995.
  • “Avertive Apocalypticism.” In the Oxford Handbook of Millennialism. ed. Catherine Wessinger. pp. 66-88. London: Oxford University Press, 2011. (Click here to read article)
  • “Spirits, Apparitions, and Traditions of Supernatural Photography.” Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation25, no 1-2 (March-June 2009): 109-136. Special Issue, Visualizing the Invisible: Visionary Technologies in Religious and Cultural Contexts. (Click here to read article)
  • “Outsider Art, Vernacular Traditions, Trauma and Creativity.” Western Folklore 67, no. 2 & 3 (Spring/Summer 2008): 179-198.
  • “Apocalyptic and Millenarian Aspects of American UFOism.” In UFO Religions, ed. Christopher Partridge, pp. 274-300. London and New York: Rouledge (2003).

Works in Progress:

  • Outsider Art Realms: Visionary Worlds, Trauma, and Transformation.


Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Folklore Society
  • International Communal Studies Association
  • International Society for Contemporary Legend Research
  • Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF)
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
  • Society for Utopian Studies
  • Western States Folklore Society

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