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.


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 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 are 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? Submissions (your article or book chapter and a short CV) should be sent to sief(at) no later than 1 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)

SIEF Ethnological sensations

Ethnology sensationThe next two ethnology sensations are online: Čarna Brković (University of Regensburg, Germany) experienced an ethnological sensation during her fieldwork on vernacular forms of humanitarianism. Ruth Goldstein (University of California, Berkeley) tells how “tropism” changed her view of human life and made her slow down.

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.

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.

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.