Daniel Wojcik

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  • Title: Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-3946
  • Office: 463 PLC
  • Office Hours: Spring 2021: Tuesday, 11:00 – 2:00
  • Affiliated Departments: Religious Studies

Publications

        Books:

Artist as Astronaut: The Otherworldly Art of Ionel Talpazan

 

Outsider Art: Visionary Worlds and Trauma (2016). 

 

The End of the World As We Know It: Faith, Fatalism, and Apocalypse in America (1997). 

 

Punk and Neo-Tribal Body Art (1995).

 

        Selected Essays:
 

"Inside the Art of Outsiders" (Chapter 1) from the book, Outsider Art: Visionary Worlds and Trauma. [Click here to read).

"Between Madness and Art: Insanity, Therapy, and the Origins of Outsider Art" (Chapter 2) from the book, Outsider Art: Visionary Worlds and Trauma) [Click here to read]

"Marian Apocalypticism." In The Oxford Handbook of Mary, ed. Chris Maunder, pp. 648-663. Oxford University Press, 2019.

"Miraculous Photography: The Creation of Sacred Space through Visionary Technology." In Expressions of Religion: Ethnography, Performance, and the Senses, ed. Eugenia Roussou, Clara Saraiva, and István Povedák, pp. 123-153. Zürich: LIT Verlag, 2019.

"A Saxophone Divine: Experiencing the Transformative Power of Saint John Coltrane’s Jazz in San Francisco’s Fillmore District" (co-author Peter Jan Margry). In Spiritualizing the City: Agency and Resilience of the Urbanesque Habitat, ed. Victoria Hegner and Peter Jan Margry, pp. 169-194. Routledge, 2016. [Click here to read: https://www.academia.edu/34925339/A_Saxophone_Divine_]

"Art and Trauma." Raw Vision: International Journal of Intuitive and Visionary Art (Fall 2016): 48-55.  Click here to read article: https://blogs.uoregon.edu/folklore/files/2017/01/RV.Fall2016-1h9a845.pdf

"John Coltrane Church (Saint John Will-I-Am Coltrane African Orthodox Church)" (co-author Peter Jan Margry). World Religions & Spirituality Project, 2016. Link: http://wrldrels.org/profiles/Coltrane.htm.  

"Avertive Apocalypticism." In the Oxford Handbook of Millennialism, ed. Catherine Wessinger, pp. 66-88. Oxford University Press, 2011. [Click here to read]

"Spirits, Apparitions, and Traditions of Supernatural Photography." Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation 25 (March-June 2009): 109-136. [Click here to read]

"Pre's Rock: Pilgrimage, Ritual, and Runners' Traditions at the Roadside Shrine for Steve Prefontaine." In Shrines and Pilgrimage in Contemporary Society: New Itineraries into the Sacred, ed. Peter Jan Margry. University of Amsterdam Press (2008).  [Click here to read article] {For photos of Pre's Rock, click here}

"Outsider Art, Vernacular Traditions, Trauma, and Creativity." Western Folklore, no. 2 & 3 (Winter 2008): 179-198.

"Apocalyptic and Millenarian Aspects of American UFOism." In UFO Religions, ed. Christopher Partridge, pp. 274-300. Routledge (2003).

"Polaroids from Heaven: Photography, Folk Religion, and the Miraculous Image Tradition at a Marian Apparition Site,” Journal of American Folklore 109 (1996): 129-48. 

Statement

Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 1992

My interests include contemporary folklore studies, urban ethnology, and cultural theory; apocalyptic beliefs and millenarian movements; visionary cultures; trauma and creativity; subcultural movements; popular eschatology; and vernacular artistic expression. 

Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Folklore Society
  • Communal Studies Association
  • European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism
  • International Communal Studies Association
  • International Society for Contemporary Legend Research 
  • Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF)
  • Western States Folklore Society

Teaching

  • Apocalypse Now and Then: The End of the World in American Culture and Consciousness
  • Folk Art, Visionary Art, and Material Culture
  • Folklore and Popular Culture
  • Folklore and Religion
  • Folklore and the Supernatural
  • Folklore of Subcultures
  • History and Theory of Folklore Research
  • Introduction to Folklore
  • Visionary Experiences and Otherworldly Encounters: Traditions, Theories, and Contexts

Research

  • Apocalyptic Beliefs, Millenarianism, and Popular Eschatology
  • Visionary and "Outsider Art"
  • Contemporary Folklore Studies, Cultural Theory, and Urban Ethnology
  • Death, Mourning Rituals, Memory, and Memorialization
  • Vernacular Religion
  • Visionary and Apparitional Cultures
  • Subculture Studies
  • Pilgrimage and Spiritual Tourism

Publications

Daniel Wojcik’s book Outsider Art: Visionary Worlds and Trauma provides a comprehensive guide through the contested terrain of outsider art, art brut, visionary art, "art of the insane," and folk art. Wojcik situates such art in broader vernacular traditions, while also analyzing the ways that trauma and adversity have inspired the art-making process in potentially therapeutic ways.... Read more

Punk and Neo-Tribal Body Art

Daniel Wojcik’s book, Punk and Neo-Tribal Body Art (University Press of Mississippi) explores the shock aesthetics and oppositional style of the punk subculture, and the meanings of contemporary body modification.

Book cover for "The End of the World As We Know It"

Daniel Wojcik’s book, The End of the World As We Know It (New York University Press) analyzes the enduring appeal of apocalyptic and millennialist traditions in American culture.

Fields of Focus