Jesse Adam Fivecoate
Ph.D. Candidate

Office:
Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology
Indiana University, Bloomington
800 E. 3rd Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
USA

Education

ABD     Ph.D. Folklore, Indiana University, minor in Anthropology (expected)
Co-chairs: Diane Goldstein and Ray Cashman
Tentative Title, “Troubled Ghosts: An Ethnographic Study of Narratives of
Supernatural Traditions, Political Violence, and Local Memory on the Post-
Peace Process Northern Irish Border”

2014     M.A. Folklore, Indiana University

2012     B.S. Applied Cultural Anthropology, Ball State University

Research Interests

Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, United States, nationalism, belief systems and belief, narrative, legend, conspiracy theory, discourses of the supernatural, supernatural studies, identity politics, politics of culture, cultural imagination, disaster, violent geographies, historical anthropology, history and disciplinarity of sociocultural anthropology and folkloristics

Relevant Employment/Experience

2013-18     Associate Instructor, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University

Folklore 131-Introduction to American Folklore: Fall 2013
Folklore 121-World Arts and Cultures: Spring 2014
Folklore 252-Urban Legends: Fall 2014
Folklore 256-The Supernatural and Folklore: Spring 2015, Spring 2016
Folklore 141-Urban Legends: Fall 2015
Folklore 101—Introduction to Folklore: Fall 2017, Spring 2018

2019–         Media Digitization Coordinator. “Digitizing Hidden Archival Collections in Folklore Studies.” American Folklore Society project funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

2019–         Freelance editorial work

2016-17     Graduate Assistant, American Folklore Society, Indiana University.

2016-      Instructor, Lifelong Learning, Indiana University.

Haunted Indiana University, Fall 2020
The Art of Conflict in Northern Ireland, Spring 2020
Vampires in Folklore and Culture: Social Aspects of the Monstrous, Fall 2019
The Unquiet Dead: Folklore, the Supernatural, and Death, Fall 2016
Folklore and Disaster, Spring 2017

2015-16     Graduate Assistant
Folklore 101-Introduction to Folklore, Summer 2015, Summer 2016
(Online course)

2013-16    Folklore Archives, Indiana University
2015-16    Practicum at the Folklore Archives, Indiana University, Fall 2015

2011          Intern, National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin, Ireland

Publications

(in press) Jesse A. Fivecoate, Kristina Downs, and Meredith A.E. McGriff, eds.  Advancing Folkloristics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

(in press) Jesse A. Fivecoate, Kristina Downs, and Meredith A.E. McGriff. “Introduction.” In Advancing Folkloristics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

(in press) Jesse A. Fivecoate, Kristina Downs, and Meredith A.E. McGriff. “The Politics of Trivialization.” In Advancing Folkloristics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

(in press) Jesse A. Fivecoate, Kristina Downs, and Meredith A.E. McGriff.  “The Future out of the Past: The Conference on the Future of American Folkloristics.” In The History of North American Folkloristics. Patricia Sawin and Rosemary Lévy Zumwalt, eds. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Book Reviews

2020. Forgetful Remembrance: Social Forgetting and Vernacular Historiography of a Rebellion in Ulster by Guy Beiner. Journal of American Folklore (in press).

Invited Lectures

2020    “Haunting Histories: Remembering and Forgetting the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Invited public lecture, sponsored by the Ball State University Department of Anthropology. March 10, 2020. 

Campus Talks

Indiana University

2019    “Pizzagate: Rumor, Conspiracy Theory, and the Role of Ostension.” Presented to F141—Urban Legends. Fall 2019; Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University. 

2018    “Contemporary Ghost Legends.” Presented to F101—Introduction to Folklore. Spring 2018; Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University.

2017 “Irish Identities Through Murals and Memorial Wall Art in Northern Ireland.”
Presented to F121-World Arts and Cultures. Spring 2017; Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, Bloomington.

2016   “Engaging History and Science through Ghost Hunting.” Given to F256-Folklore
and the Supernatural; Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, Bloomington.

2015    “Following the Folklore: Legends and Mass Media.” Given to F141-Urban Legends; Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, Bloomington.

2015   “Irish Identities Through Murals and Memorial Wall Art in Northern Ireland.”
Presented online to F101-Introduction to Folklore. Summer 2015; Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, Bloomington.

2015   “Ghost Hunters IRL and on TV in the United States.” Given to F256-The
Supernatural and Folklore; Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, Bloomington.

2014    “Studying the Terror that Comes in the Night: A Look at a Supernatural Assault Tradition.” Given to F252-Urban Legends; Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, Bloomington.

2014     “Irish Identities Through Murals and Memorial Wall Art in Northern Ireland.”
Given to F121-World Arts and Cultures; Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, Bloomington.

2014     “Ghost Hunters in the United States: Explorations of the Paranormal, Science, and Community.” Given to F131-Introduction to American Folklore; Indiana University, Bloomington.

Conferences

2019    “Haunting Histories: Ghost Tourism and the Troubles of Northern Ireland.” Presented at the American Folklore Society annual meeting, Baltimore, Maryland. October 18, 2019. 

2019    “Untellability and Ghost Narratives of the Northern Ireland “Troubles.” Presented at the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research, Memphis Tennessee. June 28, 2019.

2017    “Pizzagate: Fake News and Its Ostensive Consequences.” Presented at the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research, Lafayette, Louisiana. June 8, 2017.

2017    “Troubled Lands: The Production of Violent Geographies in Irish Ghost Narratives.” Presented at the American Conference for Irish Studies, Kansas City, Missouri. March 30, 2017.

2016    “Folklore and the State: Unfinished Stories of Political Folklore.” Presented at the American Folklore Society annual meeting, Miami, Florida. October 22, 2016.

2015    “Northern Ireland and Palestine Stand with Ferguson: Traditions of Oppression and Solidarity.” Presented at the American Folklore Society annual meeting, Long Beach, California. October 16, 2015.

2015    “From Palestine to Ferguson and Back: Traditions of Oppression and Solidarity.”
Presented at the Indiana University/ Ohio State University Joint Conference in Folklore and Ethnomusicology. April 10, 2015.

2012     “Where We Worshipped: An Ethnohistory of Muncie, Indiana, 1850-1940,” co-presented with Melanie Jezior, Ball State University Anthropology Club Annual Student Research Conference, Muncie, IN.

Museum Exhibitions

2011     “Little People, Big World: Anthropomorphic Nature Spirits Across the Globe.”
Anthropology Museum, Ball State University. (With Anna Kalk).

2010     “The Betwixt and Between: Return of the Dead. A Look at Liminal Holidays around the World.” Anthropology display case, Burkhart Building, Ball State University. (With Kendra McFarland and Mindy Ward).

Awards

2019    Dr. David Buchan Student Essay Prize for, “Untellability and Ghost Narratives of the Northern Ireland “Troubles.” Presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research. June 28, 2019.

2018    Dorson Dissertation Prize from the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, Bloomington. For travel to Ireland and Northern Ireland to conduct ethnographic and archival fieldwork for dissertation.

2018 Henry Glassie Excellence in Teaching Award from the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, Bloomington.

2017    Travel Award for the College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington. For paper, “Troubled Lands: The Production of Violent Geographies in Irish Ghost Narratives” given at the American Conference for Irish Studies, Kansas City, Missouri.  March 30, 2017.

2017   Past Presidents’ Prize for Outstanding Paper Presented at the National Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies.

2017 Dr. David Buchan Student Essay Prize for, “Pizzagate: Fake News and Its Ostensive Consequences.” Presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research.

2016    Chair’s Recognition Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate Student
Life, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, Bloomington.

2016 Folklore Fellowship Award in Support of Graduate Studies in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, Bloomington.

2016 Student Service Award, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, Bloomington.

2015    Chair’s Recognition Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate Student
Life, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, Bloomington.

2015 Travel Stipend awarded by the American Folklore Society to present at the annual meeting in Long Beach, California.

2011    Recipient of the Troyer Scholarship for an outstanding senior anthropology
major from the Anthropology Department of Ball State University, Muncie, IN.

Other Media

Photography

2018    7 photographs published in Legend Tripping: A Contemporary Legend Casebook
(International Society for Contemporary Legend Research)
, edited by Lynne S. McNeil and Elizabeth Tucker. Logan: Utah State University Press. Pp. 11; 33–50. 

Podcasts

2017–18 Encounters. Co-host with Eleanor Hasken. https://encounterscast.com/encounters

Public Scholarship

2020    New Directions in Folklore Podcast, episode on Folklore and COVID-19 (in production).

2017    The Monster Guys Podcast, episode 53: “Illuminati, Conspiracy Theories & Secret
Societies.” https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/dc-mcgannon/the-monster-guys-podcast/e/52245460?autoplay=true

Professional Service

American Folklore Society

2014-16     Co-convener of Graduate Students and Young Professionals Section

Indiana University

2017      Conference Chair, Conference on the Future of American Folkloristics. Bloomington, Indiana, May 18-20.

Planning Committee, Series on Queer Bodies in the Field, Sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Study, Indiana University, Bloomington.

2015-16     Vice President for Folklore Student Association

2014-16     Professional Development Coordinator for Folklore Student Association

2013-16     Faculty Liaison for Folklore Student Association and Ethnomusicology Student
Association

2012-16          Trickster Press and Folklore Forum, Indiana University
2015-16           Editor-in-Chief
2014-16           Book Review Editor

Ball State University

2011-12     Representative for the Department of Anthropology to the Dean’s Student Advisory Council, College of Sciences and Humanities

Professional Affiliations

American Anthropological Association
Association for Feminist Anthropology
Association for Political and Legal Anthropology
Association for Queer Anthropology
National Association for Student Anthropologists
Anthropological Association of Ireland
American Conference for Irish Studies
American Folklore Society
Graduate Student and Young Professionals section
Politics, Folklore, and Social Justice section
Folklore of Ireland Society
Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honor Society