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SIEF2015 12th Congress: Zagreb, Croatia. 21-25 June 2015

Theme: Utopias, Realities, Heritages. Ethnographies for the 21st century

The 12th international SIEF congress will take place in Zagreb, 21-25 June 2015. We expect over 400 anthropologists, ethnologists, folklorists and others interested in European culture for four exciting days of keynotes, parallel panels, book exhibit and a congress banquet. The theme of the conference is: Utopias, Realities, Heritages. Ethnographies for the 21st century.

The call for papers is now open and closes at midnight on January 14th, 2015.

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Welcome from the Congress organisers, Zagreb

After two decades of state independence, Croatia, the youngest member state of the European Union, is still undergoing political and economic transformation and recovery from the difficult period of the 1990s. Located at the juncture of Central and Southeast Europe, Croatia and Croats perceive themselves at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Central European (Alpine, Pannonian) and Balkan cultural spheres. Throughout history Croatia has been under Venetian, Austrian, Hungarian, Ottoman and, more recently, Yugoslav political influences.

Iconic places exhibit the country’s multilayered cultural and political history: Dubrovnik and Split on the Adriatic coast, Istrian coastal towns and interior villages, the old town of Zagreb, which stands in sharp contrast with the hectic downtown area of the modern city and the less renowned northeastern area – Slavonia and Baranja – which has recently been developing village tourism based on ecologi‐ cal production. Croatia is also famous for its thousand islands (e.g. Kornati, Hvar, Korčula, Mljet), crystal-clear seawater, pebble beaches, sailing opportunities, pristine nature (e.g. Plitvice and Krka lakes), good wines, well preserved cultural heritage...

Zagreb is an excellent point of departure for excursions to the rest of the country and, following the Congress, spending a moment at some of the Adriatic resorts outside the high season. To plan your trips consult: www.croatia.hr, www.mint.hr and www.zagreb‐touristinfo.hr.