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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: https://respect.uoregon.edu/.


Two Folklore and Public Culture Faculty Receive 2020 Faculty Research Awards

Congratulations to two of our core faculty members on receiving Faculty Research Awards which are distributed annually by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. Designed to stimulate promising research and scholarly activity, the awards support scholarship, creative projects and quantitative or qualitative research from all disciplinary backgrounds. Dorothee Ostmeier, professor, Department of German and Scandinavian for “Singularity in Fiction and Virtual Technologies.” Juan Eduardo Wolf, associate professor, School of Music and Dance for “An ...

Summer Term Courses

Summer is coming, and the UO Folklore and Public Culture Program is offering great courses for undergraduates!

Summer Registration is Ongoing.

Check out these online classes.

Novels, music, dance, dress, paintings, films, and cartoons serve as a primary sources from which to learn about the diversity and vivacity of contemporary African peoples. Fulfills A&L requirement, IC & GP multicultural requirements. Introduces modern US folklore, including popular narratives, legends, rituals, ethnic and gender stereotypes, carnivalesque events, fan ...



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