A guest lecture by Norwegian researcher Knut Djupedal is expected at the Archives of Latvian Folklore (Level 5) on August 14, 2019, at 15.00. Mr. Djupedal's lecture is entitled "World View, Culture, and Folklore". The lecture will discuss the relationship between these three concepts. At the end of the lecture, Mr. Djupedal will discuss some of the practical uses that an education in folklore – in his experience – can provide when studies are finished, a degree is achieved, and a living must be made. Free admission.
Knut Djupedal (b. 1948) has recently retired from a 27-year career as director of the Norwegian Emigrant Museum, near Hamar, Norway. Previously, Djupedal, who has an M.A. in History from the University of Oregon, USA, and a Magister Artium in Folkloristics from the University of Bergen, Norway, worked as Research Associate with the Norwegian Research Council for the Humanities (NAVF), on projects concerning Norwegian emigration and return migration. He also served as Temporary County Cultural Conservator in Sogn og Fjordane County, Norway, and lectured at the Universities of Bergen, Oslo and Stavanger, and The Hamar University College of Education.
Among his published works is the book: "Amerikabilder" ("Pictures from America"), published in 2008. He has also written several articles concerning Folklore and Culture that have been published in Norway, The United States, and Great Britain. As director and curator at the Norwegian Emigrant Museum, he has been directly responsible for a range of museum exhibits concerning various aspects of Norwegian emigration to overseas destinations, including North and South America, as well as other continents. He has been chairman of The Association of European Migration Institutions (AEMI) (1996–2002), and president and vice-president of The Norwegian-American Historical Association, Norwegian Chapter (1994–2005).
The lecture will take place at the Archive's reading room. Everyone who is interested is welcome.