Daniel Wojcik, Department of English

Dan Wojcik

Daniel Wojcik

Practice Areas: Apocalyptic and Millennial Beliefs, Folklore, New Religious Movements, Outsider Art, Subcultures, Runners’ Traditions (Pre’s Rock, etc.)

Faculty bio 

Daniel Wojcik is an academic expert in apocalyptic beliefs and millennial visions, contemporary folklore, new religious movements, trauma and artistic expression, subcultures, pilgrimage, and festive events. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of English and Folklore Studies, and affiliate faculty in Religious Studies. His books include "The End of the World As We Know It: Faith, Fatalism, and Apocalypse in America," "Punk and Neo-Tribal Body Art," and "Outsider Art: Visionary Worlds and Trauma," and he has published widely on the topics of apocalyptic belief, alternative spirituality, visionary cultures, sacred place-making, subcultures, “outsider art,” and vernacular artistic expression.

Recent Media:
What ancient cultures teach us about grief, mourning and continuity of life (The Conversation, Nov. 1, 2017)
Aliens in the 21st century: More and more people are starting to believe in UFOs again (Salon, July 11, 2017)
Ionel Talpazan, whose U.F.O. art had sightings all over, dies at 60 (The New York Times, Sept. 19, 2017)
Professor's new book gets inside the world of outsider art (Around the O, Jan. 3, 2017)
Pre’s Rock—40 years later (Competitor.com, June 8, 2015)
Steve Prefontaine’s last run (Grantland, May 29, 2015)