LISA GILMAN, Director, Folklore Program and Associate Professor of Folklore and English, University of Oregon
PhD and MA, Folklore, Indiana University; BA, Political Science, University of Oregon (UO). Publications: The Dance of Politics: Gender, Performance, and Politics in Malawi (2009); My Music, My War: The Musical Listening of US Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan (under review); UNESCO on the Ground: Local Perspectives on Global ICH Policy (co-guest edited special issue, under review); and, essays on gender, performance, politics in Malawi and on US veteran music and activism. Multimedia projects: Grounds for Resistance, a documentary about U.S. troops’ anti-war activism and a multi-media project on Malawian dance practices (EVIADA). Awards: two Fulbrights, UO Rippey Teaching Award, UO research awards from the Center for the Study of Women and Society and the Office of Research
I am fully invested in the interrelationships between public and academic folklore. I was a central participant in re-envisioning Oregon’s state public folklore program, a process that culminated in anchoring the Oregon Folklife Network (OFN) at UO. My efforts were integral to guiding UO administrators to appreciate folklore’s value to the university’s academic, outreach, and equity and inclusion missions. As Folklore Program Director, I have been instrumental in creating new folklore degrees (undergraduate major and minor), increasing program funding, and raising the status and visibility of the discipline across campus. Initiating a public sector track within our Master’s degree has augmented course-based training and identified professionalization opportunities for students with the OFN and beyond, adding value to an already nationally recognized graduate program. Were I elected to the AFS Executive Board, I would enthusiastically extend what I have accomplished at UO to the national level. I would serve the board in all capacities with special investment in the following areas: 1) building a strategy for demonstrating folklore’s relevance to a range of professional opportunities, while increasing its visibility and value across the country, in academic and public realms. 2) working collaboratively to determine what training students interested in public sector careers need and how academic programs can best collaborate with public sector organizations to produce highly qualified applicants to serve as future leaders in the field. 3) contributing to ongoing AFS efforts to increase diversity in the society, provide greater opportunities for participation by international folklorists, and address gender equity and status issues within the society.