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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Summer is coming, and the UO Folklore and Public Culture Program is offering great courses in session 2 and session 3.
Summer Session 7/22-8/18
ANTH 119 Anthropology & Aliens w/Instr. Nikki Cox (WEB) This class explores how anthropology and science fiction (or, more broadly, Speculative Fiction) have been linked together historically as each explores ideas about culture and society. Thematic questions addressed in the class include: what is an alien? What is “the human”? Could SF be possible without anthropology? The class investigates this convergence of interest through the...
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...