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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.

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South Asian Folklore in Transition, Crafting New Horizons, 1st Edition

Leah Lowthorp has a newly published co-edited book with Routledge, with folklorist and religious studies/anthropology professor Frank J. Korom of Boston University. https://www.routledge.com/South-Asian-Folklore-in-Transition-Crafting-New-Horizons/Korom-Lowthorp/p/book/9781138389243

The Indian Subcontinent has been at the centre of folklore inquiry since the 19th century, yet, while much attention was paid to India by early scholars, folkloristic interest in the region waned over time until it virtually disappeared from the research agendas of scholars working in the discipline of folklore

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Mermaiding: German Avant-garde Filmmaking and Portland Lore

March 4, 2019 – 4:00-5:30 pm Lawrence 166

A Lecture/Workshop on Combining Academic Research and Artistic Filmmaking with:

Miriam Gossing & Lina Sieckmann

Experimental film artists Miriam Gossing & Lina Sieckmann from Cologne, Germany, will present their work with Mermaid activists from Portland, OR and Teenage Vampires from Forks, WA., and talk about the relationship of literature and film and the influence of Folklore and Fantasy. Their work uses documentary imagery, fiction, and found footage to inform the cinematographic presentation of architecture, hyper-staged environments

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