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 next SIEF Congress will be held in Göttingen, Germany, March 26–30 2017. The accepted panels are now online and the calls for posters, papers and audiovisual media are open. Read the theme, browse the panel abstracts, download the poster, and circulate the calls...the deadline for proposals is 7th November.

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 Ethnological sensations

Ethnology sensationThe next two ethnology sensations are online: Kristinn Schram’s (University of Iceland) ethnological sensation is related to an expression of his own cultural identity by singing a love song in a bar in Edinburgh. Maria Kaliambou (Yale University) tells how the story of “Sweet Pumpkins” carried her through a new research area.

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.


Cataloging European Festivals. Comparisons and New Methods of Study PDF
International French-Speaking Conference in European Ethnology and Anthropology, XXXth Workshop of the FER-Eurethno Network (Council of Europe),
8-9-10 September 2016, Aix-en-Provence and Marseille (France)​
The conference will bring together French-speaking ethnologists and anthropologists from the FER-Eurethno network (Council of Europe), from the SIEF and from the IDEMEC reasearch unit (UMR 7307 CNRS-Aix-Marseille-University). It will study the methods of cataloging festivals in past and present Europe, trying to think about the possible renewal of older catalogues and their usefulness in today's context: globalization, urbanization, tourism, building up of regional and national identities.