SIEF is an international organization that facilitates and stimulates cooperation among scholars working within European Ethnology, Folklore Studies, Cultural Anthropology and adjoining fields. SIEF organizes large international congresses and smaller workshops. Read more about SIEF...

Fourteen thematical Working Groups are active within SIEF which organize their own congresses and workshops.


Conference logoSIEF2017: 13th SIEF Congress

The SIEF Congress takes place in Göttingen, Germany next week: March 26–30. Read the travel info on how to reach the congress reception desk, download the programme or buy an excursions. Visit the congress site for all this and more.


Conference logoSIEF2017 Prize Winner Lorenzo D'Orsi

The winner of the SIEF 2017 Young Scholar Prize is Lorenzo D’Orsi (1985), with his paper “Trauma and the Politics of Memory of the Uruguayan Dictatorship. Read more ...


Turkish flagSIEF Young Scholars Working Group Conference 2017

The First International Conference of the SIEF Young Scholars Working Group Coming of Age: Young Scholars in the Field of Folkloristics, Ethnology, and Anthropology. Göttingen, March 26th, 2017. Read more.


SIEF Ethnological sensations

Ethnology sensationTwo colleagues confide in us this week on SIEF's Sensation Station: Nevena Skrbic Alempijevic (University of Zagreb, Croatia) tells us a story about political memory in Croatia and reminds us of the most important aspect of fieldwork: being there. Bernhard Tschofen (University of Zürich, Switzerland) speaks of alpine emotions and the sensation of revisiting an old research project and finding it open up to entirely new perspectives.


Dejalu logoDéjà Lu - Issue 5 - now published

Issue 5 of Déjà Lu has now been published on the WCAA website, this is the biggest issue yet, with 42 articles from around the anthropological world. Please visit the WCAA website to view and download the issue.


New Master in Folkloristics and Applied Heritage Studies (Univ. of Tartu)

Uni of Tartu


Turkish flagSIEF Statement In Support of Academics in Turkey PDF

In two cabinet decrees issued in September and October 2016 within the context of the state of emergency rule, 68 signatories of the Peace Petition (“We will not be a party to this crime” – Academics for Peace, in January 2016) were deemed “supporters of terrorism”, dismissed from their posts and banned from public service. At least two of these are associated with SIEF and our sister organization AFS: Yücel Demirer and Derya Keskin-Demirer, who frequently attend SIEF meetings. They were dismissed from their positions at Kocaeli University along with 37 other faculty members without a hearing or right to appeal the decision. They are among 3,613 academics dismissed by Turkish authorities in the last three months. Read more ...

New Francophone Working Group

FrancophoneWe are happy to announce the new SIEF French-speaking working group. The first meeting will be held during the next SIEF congress in Göttingen. Everybody is welcome, even beginners in French language!
Nous sommes heureux d'annoncer la création du groupe de travail francophone de la SIEF. Notre première réunion aura lieu durant le prochain congrès de la SIEF à Göttingen. Vous êtes tous les bienvenus, quel que soit votre niveau en français!

Brand new smart portal for ethnological sensations film series

SensationsCheck out a new resource for teachers, students, and scholars of ethnology, folklore, and related fields - Sensation Station: We introduce a portal for ethnological sensations, categorized by theme (from "Body, senses, emotions" to "Rituals and feasts", from "Fieldwork" to "Museums and archives", and from "Houses and homes" to "Migration and mobility", to name just a few). Take a look, try playing with it, and invite your students to do the same (it works on your smartphone too). View the new resource.

Zagreb Congress Sensation

Zagreb Congress Sensation Let the sights and sounds in this short film carry you back to the 2015 congress in Zagreb and make you realise that you need to book for SIEF2017 now.

Welcome to Göttingen 2017

Ethnological Sensations 8 This short film whets the appetite for SIEF's next conference in Göttingen in 2017. It was shown during the last conference in Zagreb when there were still 635 days to go...





Ethnologia Europaea 46:2 New issue out now! Special issue: Silence in Cultural Practicess

EE 462Contributions to this special issue take a back-door approach to the study of cultural practices by exploring various modes and forms of silence and silencing in daily life. Joining Gregory Bateson and scholars inspired by his concept of noncommunication, the articles examine situations and circumstances where communication is avoided, or deemed undesirable, because it would somehow alter the nature of the idea, relationship or situation in question. Authors also draw attention to the unspoken and the unspeakable as they emerge in ethnographic fieldwork and the research process, discussing the challenges of doing fieldwork on silence and pushing the boundaries of silence as an analytical category.

Silence emerges from this special issue as a productive and performative force constitutive of agency, power and the margins of society and language. Case studies from Estonia, Finland and the north-western and north-eastern part of European Russia trace the roles silence plays in "doing old age" (Karoliina Ojanen), "doing family" (Pihla Maria Siim), and sustaining co-existence in societies divided by ethnic lines (Elo-Hanna Seljamaa). By exploring the symbolic meanings of silence among Evangelicals, two articles (Tuija Hovi and Piret Koosa) add to the growing body of scholarship that questions the fundamental role of language in Evangelical Christianity and seeks to broaden perspectives on understanding conversion.

This volume also includes one open issue contribution by Anne Eriksen, who on the basis of British and Nordic examples explores the entangled genealogies of the notions of history and tradition as the twin products of a uniquely modern temporality

Special issue editors: Elo-Hanna Seljamaa and Pihla Maria Siim

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Cultural AnalysisNew Issue of Cultural Analysis is out!

Special issue:

Everyday Practice and Tradition: New Directions for Practice Theory in Ethnology and Folkloristics

(Guest Editors: Anthony Bak Buccitelli, Casey R. Schmitt),