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Oregon Folklife Network Seeks Two Contract Fieldworkers for Extended Documentation Project

Monday, May 6, 2013   (0 Comments)
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The Oregon Folklife Network seeks to hire two professional folklorists to conduct folklife field surveys and documentation of traditions in the southern Oregon counties of Malheur, Harney, Lake, and Klamath (fieldwork regions will be divided up based on the experience and backgrounds of the folklorists selected). The entire region includes traditions of various ethnic and regional groups (Basque, Japanese, Croatian, Irish, Mexican, Klamath, Norwegian, Chinese, etc.) as well as farm & waterways traditions, ranching, foodways, old time music, quilting, auctioneering, and others yet to be documented

A successful project will result in the documentation of at least 20-25 folk and traditional artists over 20-30 working days (for each folklorist and with number of days dependent upon rate of pay), which will include: some talks/interaction with UO folklore students during fieldwork; completion of all fieldwork forms; submission to the OFN of multimedia documentation of central and south central Oregon folk artists including bios; interim reports and fieldnotes; and a final descriptive report/essay. At least 15 of the folk artists (per folklorist) documented should be appropriate for the FTA roster (artists appropriate for and willing to work at folklife festivals, school diversity and/or arts days, multicultural arts presentations). Fieldworkers will also be responsible for presenting three public programs each in addition to time in the field (separate payment for these programs provided).

Work for this project may begin any time after July 15, 2013 but must be completed by June 30, 2014 (including all paperwork). Fieldwork days need not be consecutive, and, in fact, two field trips would be ideal.

The successful applicant should have an MA and/or Ph.D. in folklore or related discipline, such as cultural anthropology or ethnomusicology, and at least 5 years' experience in public folklore and folklife documentation. Qualified applicants must have access to, experience with, and technical competence with digital equipment (camera, audio recorder, computer/laptop).

Applicants must supply: a cover letter detailing qualifications and experience and proposed plans for how the applicant will conduct the work for this project, a c.v., three relevant reference letters, and representative work samples of recorded interviews, photography, field notes, and professional writing (online and/or digital work samples are welcome and preferred). Applications submitted without these items will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered.

OFN will provide preliminary contact information/introductions for several communities, folk artists, and organizations in southern Oregon. The OFN will provide folklife fieldwork forms (audio log, photo log, general release, artist data sheet, release for internet materials) and funds for disks, memory cards, batteries, etc.; and travel (in Oregon only) expense reimbursement at the state rate. The fee for this contract will be $300-500/day depending on experience plus in-state travel expenses.

The results of this folklife field survey will be used to expand the OFN's Folk & Traditional Artist roster; provide six public programs to communities in which fieldwork was conducted; provide UO folklore students with the opportunity to apprentice with OFN and professional independent folklorists; and provide cultural information, including field reports, to local cultural and arts organizations towards the creation of future programs. As with all folklife materials, all fieldwork documentation will become part of the Oregon Folklife Collection at the University of Oregon Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives.

National Endowment for the Arts funds will be used to pay fees and in-state travel expenses for contract folklorists, who will be supervised by OFN Executive Director Riki Saltzman.

Complete applications (including reference letters) should be sent to: Folklife Survey, Oregon Folklife Network, 242 Knight Library, 6204 University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97503
OR as a PDF email attachment to (please put FOLKLIFE SURVEY in the subject line).

Applications must be received at the OFN by June 3, 2013. This is NOT a postmark deadline.
For further information, please contact Riki Saltzman at 541/346-3820 or

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