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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.


SIEF 50 yearsSIEF2015 Call for Panels

The call for panels and workshops for the next SIEF congress was opened today at the Jubilee Symposium by the SIEF President, Valdimar Tr. Hafstein. Deadline for proposals is 9th November.


SIEF 50 yearsOut of the Box!
SIEF Golden Jubilee Symposium & Extraordinary General Assembly
Amsterdam, 12 September 2014
University of Amsterdam, Special Collections/BijzondereCollecties
(Oude Turfmarkt 129, next to the Allard Pierson Museum)

13:00-13:30 SIEF Extraordinary General Assembly (meeting preceding the symposium)

13:30-13:45 Peter Jan Margry (Amsterdam), Executive Vice-President of SIEF (2004- ) Introduction: What's in a Name?

13.45-14.15 Konrad Köstlin (Vienna), Ex-President of SIEF (1990-2001) On Anniversaries

14.15-14.45 Regina Bendix (Göttingen), Ex-President of SIEF (2001-2008) We Have Never Been in a Box!

14.45-15.15 Orvar Löfgren (Lund), Special Invited Guest by ACEE The Black Box of Everyday Life: Entanglements of Affect, Artefacts and Action

15.15-15.45 Coffee Break

15.45-16.15 Bjarne Rogan (Oslo), SIEF's Official Historian and Ex-Vice-President (2001-2008) SIEF 1964, or: The Folklorists who Won the Battle but Lost the War

16.15-16.45 Jasna Čapo (Zagreb), Chair of Scientific Committee for SIEF2015 Speaking from the Margins: Ethnology in the 21st Century

16.45-17.00 Valdimar Tr. Hafstein (Reykjavík), President of SIEF (2013- ) Conclusion: Moving the Field(s) Forward

17.00-18.00 Drinks in the Special Collections Bar

There is no fee for participation and everyone is most welcome.
But please register by e-mail to

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Honorary SIEF Member Linda Dégh-Vázsonyi
March 18, 1920 - August 19, 2014.
Read the obituary.




Ethnologia Europaea 44:1 (2014)
Edited by Marie Sandberg and Regina Bendix. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum, ISSN 1604-3030

Disorder and order are among the principles through which the articles in this issue are connected. Peter Jan Margry grasps the exuberant excesses surrounding the Dutch monarch’s birthday with the term “mobocracy” and sees in the suspension of rules a means to reconcile Dutch republicanism with the anachronism of a monarchical system. Ongoing disorder of a rather different nature is experienced by migrant workers from Poland in Denmark. Niels Jul Nielsen and Marie Sandberg accompany them at work and in their different home settings and analyse the divergent interplay of the Polish labour niche and family dynamics on different constructions of “orderly work conditions”. Stefan Groth uncovers the structuring power of new tools and events to measure performance in recreational cycling; competitive norms are shown to permeate a leisure activity. Old age, too, is not free from the structuring arm of social and health regimes. Through his analysis of billiards – a game favoured by the older men he studies – Aske Juul Lassen critiques aging policies striving to “activate” the elderly and overlooking the rhythms inherent to a traditional game – and activity. The issue concludes with Tuuli Lähdesmäki’s comparison of how local heritage actors choose to narrate the transnationally launched European Heritage Label. Within an initiative to foster Europeanization, she finds actors formulating European identities in different moulds.


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