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May 10, 2018

2018 UO Folklore Rogue Graduation Ceremony

The UO Folklore Program will celebrate its annual Rogue Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, June 16, from 2-5 PM at the Wayne Morse Family Farm, 595 Crest Drive. For directions go to All Folklore faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and friends of Folklore, are welcome to attend. This annual event combines tradition, humor, absurdity, and pride of accomplishment with community and libations.

For more information contact UO Folklore Program Secretary,Beth Magee at

May 4, 2018

A Public Lecture by Charles L. Briggs, University of California, Berkeley

Moving beyond “the Media”: Critical Intersections between Folklorization and Mediatization

May 17, 2018
1:30-2:45 pm

Condon Hall 204
1321 Kincaid St.

This lecture points beyond discussions of how folklore is disseminated in “the media”—including social media—by drawing attention to what can be learned from research on “mediatization,” particularly as emerging in Latin America and Europe. Rather than projecting folklore and “the media” as distinct Bourdieuian social fields, it suggests that we attend to heterogeneous and shifting relationships between folklorization and mediatization by looking analytically and ethnographically at parallels between critical efforts in both arenas to rethink fundamental disciplinary objects and replace a focus on products in favor of processes.

Charles L. Briggs is the Alan Dundes Distinguished Professor of Folklore in the Department of Anthropology of the University of California, Berkeley, where he also co-directs the Medical Anthropology Program and the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine. His books include The Wood Carvers of Córdova, New Mexico; Learning How to Ask; Voices of Modernity (with Richard Bauman); Competence in Performance; Stories in the Time of Cholera (with Clara Mantini-Briggs); Making Health Public (with Daniel Hallin); and Tell Me Why My Children Died (with Clara Mantini-Briggs).

Sponsored by: Folklore, Anthropology, School of Journalism and Communication, Oregon Humanities Center
and Linguistics

A Book Discussion with Folklore Alumnx Charlie McNabb

Join us for a book discussion with Charlie McNabb, Author of Nonbinary Gender Identities

Tuesday, May 8

5:00—6:30 pm

Lillis Hall 175

In Nonbinary Gender Identities: History, Culture, Resources, nonbinary scholar and librarian Charlie McNabb uncovers the rich history of the nonbinary movement in the U.S., investigates nonbinary representation in popular culture, and discusses culturally-specific genders around the world. In addition, they provide comprehensive annotated bibliographies to assist librarians and educators in media selection, as well as to enable nonbinary people to discover themselves in and out of the library. Please join us for a reading and an interactive discussion about nonbinary identities and representation.

Sponsored by the Folklore Program


May 3, 2018

Writing Migration Conference

The Department of German & Scandinavian is hosting a conference this week!

Sessions will be held:

  • May 3rd, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, in the Browsing Room of the Knight Library.
  • May 3rd there will also be a special session from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM in PLC 180. In this exceptional session we have the honor of hosting and attending the Annual Bartolomé de la Casas Lecture on Human Rights, to be given by Father Alejandro Solalinde, an important human rights activist and intellectual guiding light, who will be speaking on “The Migrant’s Path/El Camino del Migrante.”
  • May 4th, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, in the Browsing Room of the Knight Library.
  • All events are free and open to the public. The session schedule is on our website:

The conference focus:

We live in an age of mass migrations, on the one hand an effect of the economic, political, and cultural processes of globalization (which include post-colonial and neo-colonial developments), and on the other hand a consequence of the increasingly destabilizing effects of global climate change. These migrations involve both immense suffering on the part of the migrants themselves, and challenges for “host”-nations, but also the potential for cultural innovation and human emancipation, as new voices enter spaces where they had been previously unheard, producing the broadening of intercultural understanding.

In light of the importance of these global migrations, with a special focus on migrations into the US and into Europe, and in order to provide, in our own community, an informative and reflective counter-voice to the anti-migrant sentiment and ideology that are currently making themselves felt in both North America and Europe, we conceived of a conference that would address various migration phenomena, experiences, and contexts.

As cultural studies scholars with literary and philosophical interests, more specifically, we have organized this interdisciplinary conference largely around literary and philosophical presentations of migration, including the migrations of literary forms themselves. Yet we have mixed these presentations with those from the realms of activism and from the historiography of the present, in order to keep the political-social focus clear.  Talks will address themes as diverse as: the contemporary political situation on the US-Mexican border, especially concerning TPS status; contemporary migration writing (and literary migration) in the US, Germany, Sweden, North Africa, and France; Mexican-American colonial culture in the 18th century; and the representation of seventeenth century war-induced migration in post-World War II German drama.

April 30, 2018

Folklore Student Association Meeting

The Folklore Student Association will meet in the Randall V. Mills Archives of Northwest Folklore (PLC 453) Wednesday, May 2nd at 6pm.

We will be discussing Folklore and the Supernatural.

There will be a presentation by Folklore & Public Culture program alumnus Alina Mansfield and current student Grace Hanich entitled: “Ouija Boards, Light as a Feather, and Bloody Mary: Games or Rituals?”

Following the presentation, recent program graduate Nikki Cox will share her experiences producing a successful podcast focused on legends, memorates, and personal narratives of the supernatural.

We will move to the Lorenzo West Graduate Lounge (PLC 461) afterward for discussion, planning, and PIZZA.

Current Folklore majors and minors are encouraged to attend.

As always, all are welcome.  Bring a friend and we’ll see you there!

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