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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...

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


Ethnological sensations #3

Ethnological Sensations 3

In the third episode of SIEF's 'Sensation' series, Peter Jan Margry recounts of a fieldwork experience - a 'limpia' - in Los Angeles, standing in a scary ring of fire.



What is European Ethnology?

What is European Enthnology Video

Ethnology in three and a half minutes: the what, the why, the when, and the how. SIEF presents a short film on European Ethnology.



SIEF2015SIEF2015 Call for Papers, films and posters closed

The Call for Papers, films and posters for SIEF2015 is now closed The Call for Papers, Films and Posters brought in over 1000 proposals. The conveners will be making their decisions by January 28 and we are hoping for the registration to open in March.



SIEF 50 yearsOut of the Box! Videos of the lectures of SIEF's Jubilee Symposium

On 12 september 2014 SIEF celebrated its 50th anniversary with the Golden Jubilee Symposium ‘Out of the box!’ in Amsterdam. The event celebrates half a century of collaboration, dialogue, and critical debate in ethnology and folklore. View the lectures



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Cultural AnalysisCultural Analysis
An Interdisciplinary Forum on Folkore and Popular Culture, Volume 12

Cultural Analysis is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to investigating expressive and everyday culture. The journal features analytical research articles, but also includes notes, reviews, and cross-disciplinary responses. Cultural Analysis one of the two journals associated with SIEF.

The current issue includes:

  • Absent Memories by Frank van Vree, with responses by Aleida Assmann and Marianne Hirsch
  • Behold the Man: Heroic Masochism and Mel Gibson's Passion as Masculine Rite of Passage by Steven Gardiner, with respective responses by Mark Pizzato and Fareed Ben-Youssef
  • Rational and Emotional Fools by Bo Allesøe Christensen, with respective response by Philip W. Scher
  • Books reviewed include: Fairy Tales Transformed?: Twenty-First-Century Adaptations & the Politics of Wonder. (by Cristina Bacchilega, reviewed by David J. Puglia), Sensing the Past: Hollywood Stars and Historical Vision. (by Jim Cullen, reviewed by Claudia Schwabe), Stuff. (by Daniel Miller, reviewed by Adrienne Gerard) and Latter-day Lore: Mormon Folklore Studies. (by Eric A. Eliason and Tom Mould, reviewed by Spencer Green).


Ethnologia Europaea 44:2
Journal of European Ethnology
Special issue: European Ethnology Revisited

The leitmotif of this special issue is "revisiting": Swedish and Danish scholars pay a visit to concepts and approaches of the field of European ethnology. In re‐examining, revising, reawakening and relaunching concepts and approaches that might have otherwise been overlooked, worn out or rejected, they explore and explicate new dimensions of research that have remained tacit knowledge. In engaging with past knowledge claims, concepts and research endeavours, the volume offers original reworkings of the role of everyday life in user‐driven innovation projects (Tine Damsholt and Astrid P. Jespersen), on the possible links between the historic‐geographic atlas works and controversy mapping (Anders K. Munk and Torben Elgaard Jensen), understanding the meaning and creation of archival knowledge (Karin Gustavsson), and of fieldwork engagements (Frida Hastrup). Discussing the role of continuity and rupture in past and present analyses (Signe Mellemgaard) and rethinking borders (Fredrik Nilsson) are further avenues explored. Four main themes forge the connections of this volume: reworking everyday life, fieldwork as craftsmanship, mapping connections and conversing with the past create a dynamic matrix of novel takes on ethnologies for the future. The six contributions are supplemented with four comments; in commenting on the revisits, they contribute their own reflections on revisiting European ethnology.


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