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.


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 ...


Conference logoSIEF2017: 13th SIEF Congress

The next SIEF Congress will be held in Göttingen, Germany, March 26–30 2017. The Call for Papers and Posters is closed having received 732 paper and 27 poster proposals. Convenors are reviewing the submissions and all authors should be informed about the results after November 17th; early-bird registration should open on the 18th of December. The Call for Audiovisual media is also closed with results to be announced on December 12th.

If you are starting to plan your trip to Göttingen, please visit the Accommodation page.

Funding is now available to assist delegate attendance, please visit the Funding page for details and how to apply.

SIEF Ethnological sensations

Ethnology sensationThe next two ethnology sensations are online: Marion Bowman (Open University, UK) tells how a spontaneous hug convinced her to do fieldwork on spirituality in Glastonbury. Ülo Valk (University of Tartu, Estonia) shares with us his thoughts about an interview on supernatural encounters in a hospital in Tartu.

SIEF Autumn 2016 Newsletter

SIEF's Autumn 2016 Newsletter is out now and contains a wide range of interesting news about what has been going on within SIEF. You can download a copy here

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!

SIEF 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. Submission of abstracts until 18 December 2016 and register by 15 January 2017. Read more.

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 curious about the next SIEF congress in Göttingen in 2017

Welcome to Göttingen 2017

Ethnological Sensations 8 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...




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),


Ethnologia Europaea 46:1 New issue out now! Special issue: Muslim Intimacies

ee461The aim of the new theme issue “Muslim Intimacies” (special issue editor: Laura Stark) is to develop new ways of talking about the links between Islam, family and the individual, which move away from the ethnocentrism of Western concepts and pay greater attention to the desires and goals of those studied.

The special issue explores the dilemmas facing transnational Muslim families as well as those who feel the impact of late modern transformations in societies where they have lived for generations. Five scholarly articles address family dynamics among Muslims in Finland (Anne Häkkinen), Ethiopia (Outi Fingerroos), Italy and Sweden (Pia Karlsson Minganti), Morocco (Raquel Gil Carvalheira), and Tanzania (Laura Stark); these are complemented by the insightful commentary by Garbi Schmidt.

Furthermore, this volume includes two open issue contributions: Magdalena Elchinova scrutinizes identity construction among Orthodox Bulgarians based in Istanbul, and in the context of the post-Fordist “creative city” Ove Sutter analyses the playful and performative protests of activists following the declaration of the so-called Danger Zone 2014 in Hamburg, Germany.