Daniel Wojcik, Professor, Department of English and Folklore Program, and Affiliate Faculty, Department of Religious Studies, University of Oregon
Education and Accomplishments: PhD, Folklore and Mythology, University of California, Los Angeles; MA, Folklore and Mythology, University of California, Los Angeles; BA, Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara. I teach courses on the history of folklore theory and research, folk art and material culture, popular culture, subcultures, and alternative spiritualities. Publications include Punk and Neo-Tribal Body Art (1995), The End of the World As We Know It: Faith, Fatalism, and Apocalypse in America (1997), and Outsider Art Realms: Visionary Worlds, Trauma, and Transformation(forthcoming 2014), articles in the Journal of American Folklore, Western Folklore, and Visual Resources, and book chapters and encyclopedia entries on subjects such as vernacular religion, trauma and artistic expression, memorialization, and pilgrimage. I have served on the Program Committee for two AFS Annual Meetings (1993 and 1998); as Film and Video Review Editor for the Journal of American Folklore(2001-2005); as President of the Western States Folklore Society (2007-2009); and on the AFS Membership Committee (2007-).
Statement: I have been actively involved in the American Folklore Society for more than twenty-five years, and throughout my career I have promoted the goals of our Society and broadened its outreach. As a faculty member in the Folklore Program at the University of Oregon since 1991 (Program Director, 2006-2009 and 2012-2013), I have worked with colleagues and graduate students from a wide range of diverse backgrounds and folkloristic perspectives, in academic settings and public folklore contexts. As a member of the Executive Advisory Council of the Oregon Folklife Network (the state public folklore organization), I collaborate with folklorists in public and nonpublic positions, and I am attentive to the diverse needs and concerns of AFS members.
Although the American Folklore Society is currently thriving, the continued strength and development of our discipline depends upon its future leadership. As a member of the Nominating Committee, I would draw upon an extensive network of colleagues to identify future leaders who represent the diversity of our membership. It would be an honor to help shape the leadership of AFS, and I will work with fellow Committee members to recruit a balance of established and emerging professionals who will build upon the past successes of our Society while envisioning new directions for its future.