Folklore Program

The Folklore Program at the University of California, Berkeley trains intellectual leaders in folkloristics for the twenty-first century. We seek to provide a deep, critical, and theoretically-informed reading of folklore scholarship from the seventeenth century through the present. We urge students to develop a particular field of expertise in folkloristics. At the same time, we advise our graduate students to develop strong grounding in another discipline or multidisciplinary perspective, such as race and ethnic studies, performance studies, science studies, rhetoric, narrative theory, ethnomusicology, materiality, womens and queer theory, and others, in order to bring new perspectives to their work in folkloristics.

We are 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.

In addition to the M.A. in Folklore, we offer the possibility of dual admission into a PhD program in a humanities or social science discipline and the M.A. in folklore.


Folklore Roundtable Lecture

Thursday, March 12th, 5:00 P.M.
Gifford Room, Kroeber Hall 221

reception to follow

Province, Nation, Empire:

The Remit of Folklore Studies

by Diarmuid Ó Giolláin

Anthropology 160: Forms of Folklore

Folklore shapes social identities and notions of community. This course focuses on how all of us construct notions of difference—racial, ethnic, gender, sexuality, class, and nation—through folklore. The course project turns each student into a contributor to the field of folklore by collecting traditional knowledge from his or her milieu and placing it in the Berkeley Folklore Archives.

Archive Hours

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