Bauman, Richard, 1940-....

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A professor at Indiana University from 1986 to 2008, Professor Bauman is an eclectic scholar, whose scholarly contributions have transcended conventional academic boundaries. Bauman has degrees in English (B.A., Michigan, 1961), Folklore (M.A., Indiana, 1962), Anthropology (M.S., Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania), and American Civilization (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1968). Best known for his theoretical and methodological contributions to the ethnographic study of language and performance, Bauman's scholarship, has had an impact on the development of a number of intersecting fields of study, including, folklore, anthropology, history, linguistics, semiotics, and speech communication. His diverse background has afforded to him the opportunity to befriend and collaborate with several of folklore’s most illustrious scholars, including Henry Glassie, Dan Ben-Amos, Charles Briggs and the late Americo Paredes. His writings have been widely reprinted and translated, and he has lectured at scholarly institutions in South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

In the course of his academic career, Bauman has headed two of folklore's major programs, first as Director of the Center for Intercultural Studies in Folklore and Ethnomusicology at the University of Texas, and later as Chair of the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. Especially active in graduate education, he has directed close to 60 Ph.D. dissertations in a number of disciplines, and he has won the Distinguished Teaching and Mentoring Award of the University Graduate School.

Bauman's professional leadership has been cross-disciplinary. He has served as president of the Semiotic Society of America, the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, and the Society of Fellows of the American Folklore Society. Among many other professional activities, he has been chair of the Folklife Advisory Council of the Smithsonian Institution, editor of the Journal of American Folklore, and a member of more than 15 editorial boards. He has also been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Folklore Fellow of the Finnish Academy of Sciences, and twice holder of National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships.

From the guide to the Richard Bauman papers, 1958-2008, (Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Management)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Paredes, Américo, 1915-1999. Américo Paredes papers, 1886-1999 (bulk 1931-1999). University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Richard Bauman papers, 1958-2008 Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Management
referencedIn Allen D. Grimshaw papers, 1917-2008, bulk 1960-1995 Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Management
referencedIn IU Folklore Institute, 1987 Indiana University, Bloomington. Center for the Study of History and Memory
referencedIn Dorson mss., 1925-1981 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Folklore and Ethnomusicology Publications records, 1942-2004, (bulk 1968-2004) Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Management
referencedIn Dell H. Hymes Papers, 1947-1992 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Lucille Lortel papers, 1902-2000 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
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associatedWith Dorson, Richard Mercer, 1916-1981 person
correspondedWith Grimshaw, Allen Day. person
associatedWith Hymes, Dell H. person
associatedWith Indiana University, Bloomington. Folklore and Ethnomusicology Publications. corporateBody
associatedWith Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory corporateBody
associatedWith Lortel, Lucille person
associatedWith Paredes, Américo, 1915-1999. person
associatedWith Saddler, Donald person
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Birth 1940





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