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Welcome to the homepage of the Folklore and Public Culture Program at the University of Oregon. The Folklore and Public Culture Program is one of a few major centers of folkloristic research in the United States. With more than thirty core and participating faculty, the program provides an interdisciplinary approach to an undergraduate major and minor as well as a Master’s Degree, allowing students to create a focused course of study in their areas of interest. Participants in the Folklore and Public Culture Program use theoretical analyses, research methods, and fieldwork techniques to study the ways tradition continues to enrich human behavior throughout the world. Participants examine the historical, cultural, social, and psychological dimensions of expressive forms such as mythology, legend, folktale, music, dance, art, belief, food, ritual, and ceremony. Students will gain fresh perspectives on the ethnic, regional, occupational, gender, and other identities of individuals in specific communities.

Students, faculty, and staff associated with Folklore and Public Culture are committed to learning, working, and living in an environment free of discrimination and hate. We take responsibility for maintaining an environment free of prohibited harassment and discrimination. Resources are readily available on campus for all students, faculty, and staff:

The Art of the Interview – UO Contributors

Riki Saltzman and Emily West Hartlerode of the Oregon Folklife Network are two of the co-authors of the paper Interview as Curriculum and Collaboration: Behind the Scenes of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Field School in a new special issue of the 2019 Journal of Folklore and Education on “the art of the interview.” This collection of papers focuses on approaches and methods for engaged and sensitive ethnography in diverse settings.

The issue also includes a remembrance of UO Folklore alum and benefactor Carol Spellman as well as her guide The Artful Interview in Documentary


Fantasy Studies Now – Highlights from Spring 2019

Dorothee Ostmeier, Professor of German and Folklore and Public Culture, shares these highlights from her new course, “FLR 4/510 Fantasy Studies Now” taught in Spring 2019.

The class used examinations of the multidimensional categories of the fantastic to re-examine and move beyond Vladimir Todorov’s definition of the Fantastic and work towards defining the broad connotations of the term fantasy as it applies to literary and postmodern popular culture. After defining a theoretical framework, discussions led to individual research and collaborative public engagement projects


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