Folklore

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The Folklore Program trains intellectual leaders in folkloristics for the twenty-first century. The program seeks to provide a deep, critical, and theoretically-informed reading of folklore scholarship from the seventeenth century through the present. Students are urged to develop a particular field of expertise in folkloristics. At the same time, graduate students are advised to develop a strong grounding in another discipline or a multidisciplinary perspective — such as race and ethnic studies, performance studies, science, rhetoric, narrative theory, ethnomusicology, materiality, women's and queer theory, or others — in order to bring new perspectives into folkloristics work.

The program is truly international in scope, seeking to challenge the Eurocentric roots of folkloristics by bringing in critiques and alternatives from outside the Euro-American orbit, particularly through study with leading folklorists from around the world who come to Berkeley each year as visiting faculty members.

Undergraduate Program

There is no undergraduate program in Folklore, but relevant courses are available in Anthropology, Art History, Italian, Music, Scandinavian, Slavic, Spanish and Portuguese, and other departments.

Graduate Programs

Folklore: MA, Designated Emphasis (DE)

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Courses

Folklore

Faculty and Instructors

Faculty

Charles L. Briggs, Professor. Linguistic and medical anthropology, social theory, modernity, citizenship and the state, race, and violence.
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Benjamin Brinner, Professor. Indonesia, Java, Bali, Israel, musical memory, situated musical cognition, musical interaction, improvisation, gamelan, music and oral narrative.
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Mia Fuller, Associate Professor. Anthropology, Italy, fascism, urban design, architecture, Italian colonialism.
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Peter Glazer, Associate Professor. Theater, commemorative practices, 20th century American theater and culture, political performance, directing and directing theory.
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Ronald Hendel, Professor. Textual criticism, Hebrew bible, ancient Near Eastern religion and mythology, Northwest Semitic linguistics.
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Rosemary Joyce, Professor. Latin America, anthropology, cultural heritage, gender, archaeology, sexuality, museums, ethics, Central America, feminism.
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Margaretta M. Lovell, Professor. Architecture, design, American art.
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Daniel F. Melia, Professor. Rhetoric.
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T. Carlis Roberts, Associate Professor. Performance studies, interracial musical collaboration, music of enslaved Africans in the U.S. and Caribbean, intercultural percussion performance, women's drumming communities, diaspora connection in African American and Afro-Caribbean folkloric traditions, queer and trans popular music making, technology and politics of spiritual musical practice.
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Candace Slater, Professor. Spanish, Portuguese.
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Maria Sonevytsky, Assistant Professor. Post-Soviet Ukraine, popular music, folklore music revivals, revival of rural musical repertoires.
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Timothy Tangherlini, Professor. Scandinavian Studies.

Laurie Wilkie, Professor. Anthropology, historical archaeology, oral history, material culture and ethnic identity, family and gender relations, North America, Northern California, Caribbean Bahamas, African consumerism, creolization, multi-ethnic community.
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Emeritus Faculty

Ronelle Alexander, Professor Emeritus. Slavic languages and literatures, Balkan Slavic dialectology, Balkan linguistics, language contact, oral tradition, Parry-Lord theory of oral composition, South Slavic epic singers, issues of language and identity.
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Stanley H. Brandes, Professor Emeritus. Cultural anthropology, ritual and religion, food and drink, alcohol use, visual anthropology, Mediterranean Europe, Latin America, Spain, Mexico.
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John Lindow, Professor Emeritus. Old Norse-Icelandic literature, Scandinavian folklore, Finno-Ugric folklore, Pre-Christian religion of the North, Scandinavian mythology.
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Bonnie Wade, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Folklore Program

232 Kroeber Hall, #3710

Phone: 510-642-3406

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Graduate Program Chair

Charles Briggs, PhD

clbriggs@berkeley.edu

Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid

Tabea Mastel

205 Kroeber Hall

Phone: 510-642-3406

tmastel@berkeley.edu

Graduate Advisor

Margaretta Lovell

mmlovell@berkeley.edu

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