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Folklore Award Recipients

JeneeResearch on Science Fiction and Bisexuality wins Recognition, Funding

Jenée Wilde, a PhD candidate in English and Folklore, has received the 2014-15 Jane Grant Dissertation Fellowship for her interdisciplinary research project on bisexual representation, science fiction, and the overlaps among bisexual and fan communities.

Awarded by the Center for the Study of Women in Society, the Jane Grant Fellowship includes a $12,000 stipend, tuition remission and insurance for the 2014-15 academic year.

In addition, Wilde received a Sherwood Research/Travel Award from the Department of English to attend the 2014 Project Narrative Summer Institute at the Ohio State University, where she plans to workshop part of her dissertation. Wilde also was offered a 2014-15 Oregon Humanities Dissertation Fellowship but declined the honor in order to accept the Jane Grant Fellowship.

Wilde says her research approach is unusual for an English dissertation.

“Unlike traditional humanities research, half of my project is based on ethnographic fieldwork I conducted in Philadelphia and Minneapolis in communities where bisexual and fan identities overlap,” Wilde said. “My goal is to challenge the dearth of research on bisexuality in humanities and some social sciences and to demonstrate the untapped potential of bisexuality studies across academic fields.”

Wilde’s dissertation project, “Speculative Fictions, Bisexual Lives: Changing Frameworks of Sexual Desire,” combines methodologies from literary studies, queer cultural studies, and folklore to study bisexual representation in non-realistic or “speculative” literature and television, and to study the overlaps among some bisexual and fan communities.

“Imagining alternatives to ‘normal’ human life is what speculative fiction does best,” Wilde said. “That makes it an ideal site for exploring marginalized sexual representation and identity.”

The project includes critical analysis of dissident sexuality in 1960s-1970s speculative literature, archival research of a 1980s bisexual fanzine, cultural analysis of contemporary genre television shows, and ethnographic research with bisexually identified speculative fiction fans.

Wilde’s research suggests that the “both-and” logic upon which bisexuality is structured may provide a key to reframing categories of sexual knowledge that depend on “either-or” to understand the sexuality and gender of another. As part of her project, Wilde theorizes “dimensional sexuality” as a hermeneutic method and social science research model that may contribute broadly to humanistic inquiry across the academy.

“I’m trying to intervene in interpretive practices and theoretical assumptions that may contribute to binary gender and sexual norms,” Wilde said. “In short, I want to fundamentally change the logic we use to organize dominant categories of sexual knowledge.”

An article describing Wilde’s theory, “Dimensional sexuality: Exploring new frameworks for bisexual desires,” has recently been accepted for publication by the British journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy. A peer reviewer for the journal called the article “very absorbing and a significant contribution to theorising bisexualities.”

Among other honors, Wilde received the 2013 John R. Moore Scholarship, presented to a student who excels in contributions to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community at the University of Oregon, and the 2013 Miller Family Scholarship, presented to an outstanding student in Women’s and Gender Studies. She also was awarded the 2012 Norman Brown Graduate Fellowship, presented by the College of Arts and Sciences for academic merit and potential for academic contributions.

2013-2014 Award Recipients

UO Folklore Program
2014 Alma Johnson Graduate Folklore Award

Vanessa Cutz
“The March of the Living: Living Myth”

UO Folklore Program
2014 Kate Martin Undergraduate Folklore Award

Leah Greenspan
“Through the Eyes of Peta Pan: Trainhopping, the Associated Lore, and Its Uses”

UO Folklore Program Summer
2014 Research Awards

Vanessa Cutz
Award of $500 is to support attendance at the conference, “From Generation to Generation the Legacy Continues…Honoring Survivors, Liberators, Righteous among Nations, and Their Descendants,” at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York as well as access archives at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center and visit the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan.

Emily Ridout
Award of $500 is to support research and filming of project, “Temple Tours,” in Phuket, Thailand.

2012-2013 Award Recipients

UO Folklore Program
2013 Alma Johnson Graduate Folklore Award

Nathan Moore
“From Sorrow to the Picket Line: Personal Experience, Gender, and Class in the Songs of Aunt Molly Jackson and Sarah Ogan Gunning”

UO Folklore Program
2013 Kate Martin Undergraduate Folklore Award

Angela K Petty
“Old-Time Fiddle Tunes: An Interview with Musician Mark Ross”

2011-2012 Award Recipients

UO Folklore Program
2012 Alma Johnson Graduate Folklore Award

Nathan Moore
“”We Just Come To Work Here’ The Music of Harry Stamper”

UO Folklore Program
2012 Kate Martin Undergraduate Folklore Award

S. Caleb Graydanus
“Kaos Sheep”

2009-2010 Award Recipients

UO Folklore Program
2010 Alma Johnson Graduate Folklore Award

Kristen Gallerneaux Brooks
“From the Academy to the Street: The Decline of Psychical Research and Rise of Vernacular Ghost Hunting Groups in the 21st Century”

Sarah Sandri
“‘Not Just a Fantasy': Negotiating Identity, Community and Representation in African Dancing in the U.S.”

UO Folklore Program
2010 Kate Martin Undergraduate Folklore Award

Meghan Cole
“Rockin’ These Tail Feathers”

Ingrid Gomez
“Salvadorian Christmas Recipes”

Brett Nichols

2008-2009 Award Recipients

UO Folklore Program
2009 Alma Johnson Graduate Folklore Award

Joseph O’Connell, Folklore
“Recursive and Additive Principles in the Aesthetics of Rowntree Records”

UO Folklore Program
2009 Kate Martin Undergraduate Folklore Award

Kevin DeAngelo
Mild Bill: The Tattoo Artist

Caitlyn Moe
“The American Contra Dance Experience: An Interview with Keith Moe, Oregon Contra Dance Fiddler”

Association of Western States Folklorists
2009 Bea Roeder Scholarship

Kelley Totten, Folklore

Public/Private Student Conference at Indiana University
2009 Best Graduate Paper

Joe O’Connell, Folklore
Taping Demos: Politics of Participation in a Hoosier Home Recording Community

2007-2008 Award Recipients

UO Folklore Program
2008 Alma Johnson Graduate Folklore Award

Robert Dobler
“Stonehenge in America”

Casey Schmitt
“Encounter at the Crossroads: A Cross-Cultural Folk Religious Motif Examined”

UO Folklore Program
2008 Kate Martin Undergraduate Folklore Award

Mandy Lindgren
“Take that Shirt off! Let me See!: Bodybuilding as an Expression of Gender, Sexuality, and Hegemonic Resistance.”

American Folklore Society
2008 Warren E. Roberts Prize

Robert Dobler, Folklore
Memorialization and Protest in the Ghost Bike Movement

American Folklore Society
2008 T. Y. Yeh Award for Student Scholarship in Asian and Asian American Folklore

Ziying You, Folklore
The Political and Ideological Use of Folklore in Modern China

Center for the Study of Women in Society
2008 Graduate Student Research Grant

Kelley Totten, Folklore

UO Graduate School
2008 Research Award

Ziying You, Folklore

2006-2007 Award Recipients

UO Folklore Program
2007 Alma Johnson Graduate Folklore Award

Elaine Vradenburgh

UO Folklore Program
2007 Kate Martin Undergraduate Folklore Award

Chelsea Iida

2005-2006 Award Recipients

UO Folklore Program
2006 Alma Johnson Graduate Folklore Award

Moriah Hart

UO Folklore Program
2006 Kate Martin Undergraduate Folklore Award

Garrett Taylor Daun

2004-2005 Award Recipients

UO Folklore Program
2005 Alma Johnson Graduate Folklore Award

Michaelle Stellavato

UO Folklore Program
2005 Kate Martin Undergraduate Folklore Award

Stephanie Carpenter

Jesse Grasseth

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