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...

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


SensationsBrand new smart portal for ethnological sensations film series

Check 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.


New SIEF Working Group Body, Affects, Senses, and Emotions

BASEWelcome to the new SIEF Working Group Body, Affects, Senses, and Emotions. Here different disciplines and research traditions meet in order to investigate the very nexus of human culture – the interplay between society, behavior, belief, and history. Read more and view the call for papers for BASE's first Workshop in Lund, Sweden October 7-8, 2016.


SIEF Ethnological sensations

Ethnology sensationThe next two ethnology sensations are online: Thomas McKean (University of Aberdeen, Great Britain) is fascinated by songs and the layers of history in them and Meltem Turkoz (Işık University, Turkey) tells the evocative story about an expensive bottle of fresh air.

SIEF Summer School "Trusting Resistance. New Ethnographies of Social Movements and Alternative Economies”
24-30 July 2016

PedantVenue: Hohentübingen Castle
University of Tübingen, Germany

Convened by: Prof. Dr. Monique Scheer (Ludwig-Uhland-Institut für Empirische Kulturwissenschaft).
Funded by the Institutional Strategy of the University of Tübingen (ZUK 63), the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF), and the CRC 923 on “Threatened Orders”
Deadline for proposal submission: closed
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons: Pedant.

This international summer school combines two highly debated topics: trust and resistance. From protest to critical consumption, to the do-it-yourself movement, to radical gardening or alternative health care: when groups are formed in resistance to an ‘establishment’ or ‘mainstream’, they often express a lack of trust in the ‘powers that be’ – therefore, practices of mistrust seem to be constitutive for such movements. On the other hand, within the group it is important to establish trust in the alternative models being tried out. Thus, it would seem that trust and mistrust operate in these cases as a dynamic motor for change. Thinking about the conceptualization of trust and mistrust will necessarily be part of the discussion. Is trust an attitude, an ethic, a virtue, or a feeling, perhaps even an emotion? From the ethnographic perspective, it makes sense to look at trust and mistrust in connection with the practices that mobilize and cultivate them. Thus, the summer school will also encourage the participants to go beyond trust/mistrust to think about the role of other feelings and attitudes important to the groups they are studying as well. We would like to offer a space for exploring this dynamic more deeply with PhD students and early postdocs working on research projects in the above-mentioned areas.


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...



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)


Other news

New issue out now! Ethnologia Europaea. Journal of European Ethnology

EE latest45:2 Special issue: Rage, Anger and other Don'ts.
Special issue editor: Regina F. Bendix

Printed journal


In everyday life, emotions like rage, anger or frustration are not, generally, condoned. Indeed, a good part of the work of enculturation is devoted to managing social conduct so as to avoid or suppress emotions considered negative or unproductive. In the ethnographic literature, scrutiny of these kinds of emotional states and their expression is rare, not least because they reside somewhere between the individual and his or her cultural surrounds and are hard to pinpoint. The authors of the present issue - Rage, Anger and other Don'ts: Cultural Expression and Suppression of the Undesirable and Unbearable in Everyday Life - invite readers to explore practices and discourses within which these kinds of emotions or, more prominently, their disciplining can be grasped ethnologically. Alongside four scholarly articles, four essays encircle the theme in a more literary vein, albeit grounded in careful observation and recollection. The introduction and two final comments seek to frame topics ranging from road rage and the controlling of prisoners' anger to a menopausal kitchen outburst, and to point the way toward further possible research in this largely unexplored realm of culturally shaped practice.