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May 21, 2018

Islamic Studies Initiative Lecture Series

Whither Seasons in our Fast Food Lives: Reflections on Islamic ritual memory and the season’s first fruits in Turkey

Thursday, May 24

McKenzie Hall, Room 125, 4 pm


Presented by Global Studies Institute and the Omar Alaskari Fund
Cosponsored by Gaston, Food Studies and Folklore

Professor Turkoz examines blogs and hypertext dictionaries to unpack memories about seasonal Islamic food rituals. These accounts are scattered across a range of food blogs; they are posted as childhood memories or descriptions of prior generations by their offspring. Meanwhile, Islamic sites reproduce hadith about the Prophet Muhammad’s food and nutrition practices. Across both these sets of accounts, Turkoz finds nostalgia for the anticipation of the first fruit, rather than the taste of the fruit itself.


May 18, 2018

Folklore faculty member Ed Wolf speaking at THEME on Friday

Friday, May 18 in Collier House from 3:30-4 PM

This week at THEME Dr. Juan Eduardo Wolf will be presenting a paper, and Alison Kaufman will be giving a report on How Everything Went At Kalamazoo.

Dr. Wolf’s talk is:

“Celebrating Ch’ixi? Attempts at Including Afro-descendant Ideas in Latin American Anti-Colonial Theory”

This work-in-progress talk is focused at examining the anti-colonial ideas of the ch’ixi, as espoused by Aymara sociologist Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui. Looking at the case of interwoven carnival practice in northern Chile, I question how ideas of the presence of Afro-descendants as First Nations might complement Rivera’s ideas.

Founded by Professor Steve Larson at the University of Oregon, THEME is an interdisciplinary colloquium of faculty and student researchers in music theory (T), musicology/music history (H), ethnomusicology (E), and music education (ME).

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

April 30, 2018

The Myth of Disenchantment: Magic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences

Public Lecture By: Jason A. Josephson-Storm

Thursday, May 3, 2018
McKenzie Hall 125

Free & open to the public

Co-sponsored by: Folklore, History, and the Oregon Humanities Center

Many theorists have argued that a defining feature of modernity is that people no longer believe in spirits, myths, or magic. In a talk based on his new book, Jason Ā Josephson-Storm will argue that as broad cultural history goes, this narrative is wrong, as attempts to suppress magic have failed more often than they have succeeded—even within the human sciences. But then how did a magical, spiritual, mesmerized Europe ever convince itself that it was disenchanted?

Josephson-Storm traces the history of the myth of disenchantment in philosophy, anthropology, sociology, folklore, psychoanalysis, and religious studies, arguing that these disciplines’ founding figures were not only aware of, but profoundly enmeshed in, the occult milieu, and that it was specifically in response to a burgeoning culture of spirits and magic that they produced notions of a disenchanted world.

April 23, 2018

AFS Review: Featured Folklorist Robert Dobler (UO Folklore Alum)

By Eleanor Hasken (Indiana University) — 

In this interview with Robert Dobler, a lecturer at Indiana University in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusciology, Robby and I discuss what brought him to folkloristics and, more importantly, what kept him in the discipline. Robby offers advice to up-and-coming folklorists, who are interested in going into academia post-grad. Robby also broaches conversations where people question his choice of discipline and the utility of the study of folklore, particularly how he responds to people who question his decision. To close, Robby offers tips to aspiring professionals.

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