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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:

Satire and Fairy Tale in Contemporary Art Projects of Peregrine Honig

| Oregon Humanities Center

Dorothee Ostmeier, Professor of German and Folklore and Public Culture, will teach “Magic, Uncanny, Surrealist and Cynical Tales” during the 2020 winter…

Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference 2020

“Ideologies of Convenience: Cynicism and Irony”

Conference Dates: February 13th -14th, 2020 Location: DREAM Lab, Knight Library Keynote speaker: Silke-Maria Weineck, University of Michigan

The Graduate Conference explores the complexities of cynical and ironic thinking and their productions. Because of both cynicism and irony’s manifold prevalence, our conference is open to many different fields of interest, from the study of literature and philosophy, to questions of societal behavior, environmental agency, popular culture, journalism, politics, and media.

This event is free and


Folklore and Public Culture Spring 2020 Courses

Need Spring Term Courses?

Folklore and Public Culture Program

PLC 118 – 541-346-1505

Initial Registration opens February 24th.

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