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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...

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


Welcome to Göttingen 2017

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View here a short film advertising the next SIEF conference in Göttingen in 2017! The film was shown during the last conference in Zagreb when there were still 635 days to go...


Working groups Calls for papers

FoodThree of the working groups currently have calls out for upcoming events.

12th Annual International conference of the SIEF Working Group, The Ritual Year
January 8-12 2016, Findhorn, Scotland
"Regulating Customs"

21st International Ethnological Food Research Conference of the SIEF Working Group, Food Research
31 August - 3 September 2016, Heidelberg, Germany
"Places of Food Production. Origin, Identity, Imagination"

12th International Conference of the SIEF Working Group, Ethnology of Religion
22-24 September 2016, Amsterdam
"Alternative and Religious Healing in the Modern World"


SIEF Prize 2017 Call for applications

In recognition of the important contribution of young scholars to the field and as a symbolic gesture to stimulate their research and participation in the society, SIEF offers a young scholar prize for the best ethnological research published in between its conferences. The winner of the next prize, in the amount of 500 Euro, will be presented at the SIEF meeting in 2017 in Göttingen (Germany). S/he will be invited to give a special prize lecture.

What? The prize is awarded for journal articles or book chapters based on original research and published in refereed publications in the three years preceding the next SIEF meeting. Thus the prize presented in 2017 will be awarded to a refereed article and chapter published in 2014, 2015, 2016. Works that are still in press will not be considered, but their authors are encouraged to submit them for the next prize once they are published.

Who? For the purposes of the prize, young scholars re defined as scholars who completed their PhD degree 4 calendar years or less before the publication date. Scholars who are not members of SIEF are welcome to join the society before submitting.

When? The call for applications is open until 1st October 2016.

How? The best research will be judged on the basis of originality, contribution to knowledge and overall scholarly quality. A committee from the board will read all submissions and select a winner.

Well? If you are unsure whether you or your submission are eligible, or if you have any other queries, please send an e-mail to sief(at)


SIEF2015Thank you for a great congress in Zagreb

We are already looking forward to SIEF 2017 in Göttingen and to the 2016 meetings of the various SIEF Working Groups.


Čarna BrkovićNew Working group on Museums and Material Culture

The new working group on Museums and Material Culture intends to provide a platform for dialogue, cooperation and networking among ethnologists, folklorists, and SIEF scholars from adjacent fields with a special interest in Museums and Material Culture.


Other news

Call for papers

Stadtfeste –  Urban Festive Places and Practices in the European Cultural Space
Mainz University, Germany, 29 and 30 September 2016

The conference aims to be part of a long term interdisciplinary and international debate on European feasts and festivals, reflecting specifically on the role of urban festive traditions in forming a European cultural space. “Traditional” European feasts – looking at decades if not centuries of practice, which are often symbiotic with the city identity and considered by the hosts as “traditional” or “original”– will be the focus of the conference. Particular attention will be given to the terms “place”, “space” and “practice” and their interconnection with city life and governance. Read more (PDF).
The Deadline of the Call for Papers is 15th November 2016.

Between State Plan and Research Freedom. Ethnology in Central Europe between 1945 and 1989
Prague, 17–18 March 2016

Conference of Czechoslovak folklorists in Liblice (1963)
Conference of Czechoslovak folklorists in Liblice (1963)

The conference’s intention is to make a decisive contribution to the study of ethnology, including its history and formation, in Central Europe. Main conference themes include the institutional, personal, theoretical, methodological, and epistemological development of ethnology (comprising ethnography, social and cultural anthropology, folklore studies, etc.) from the 1950s to the 1990s.

The aim is to initiate a more inclusive debate concerning the history of ethnology and related disciplines as well as a more nuanced study of the situation of science and research under totalitarian regimes. Read the CfP (PDF).

Papers may be either review contributions (15 minutes) or research papers (30 minutes). The conference languages are Czech and English. Abstracts in either language (200 to 250 words) should be submitted before 30 October 2015. Download the application form (doc).


Cultural AnalysisCultural Analysis An Interdisciplinary Forum on Folkore and Popular Culture, Volume 13
What's in a Discipline? 
Special issue on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore


Ethnologia Europaea. Journal of European Ethnology 45:1
We are very pleased to announce the new issue of Ethnologia Europaea, which is now available for purchase - both as print and e-journal - at Museum Tusculanum Press's website. Ethnologia Europaea is edited by Marie Sandberg and Regina F. Bendix

Printed journal

This issue opens with Katarzyna Wolanik Boström and Magnus Öhlander's inquiry into mobile physicians and their pragmatic use of proto-ethnographic insights so as to facilitate their day to day work with culturally diverse patients. Gabriella Nilsson uncovers how school nurses, too, habitually draw on their knowledge of class and family background while implementing normative medical guidelines on childhood obesity. Maria Zackariasson seeks to show how members in a faith-based youth organization experience and handle the pull and push of faith and peer group sociability. 

Ewa Klekot examines different traces and registers of memorialization of recent Polish history in two districts of Warsaw. Disciplinary memory is augmented through Konrad J. Kuhn's analysis of Swiss scholars' participation in the Europeanization of Volkskunde. With Laura Hirvi's observations among young Finnish artists in Berlin, the issue concludes with another set of transnationally mobile actors.