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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...

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


Ethnological sensations #9

Ethnological Sensations 8

SIEF presents the ninth episode in Sensation series: Kristin Kuutma (University of Tartu, Estonia) is fascinated by meeting cultures and especially by the unknown stories of the persons involved, separate from the formal meeting framework.


Čarna BrkovićNew Working group on Museums and Material Culture

The new working group on Museums and Material Culture intends to provide a platform for dialogue, cooperation and networking among ethnologists, folklorists, and SIEF scholars from adjacent fields with a special interest in Museums and Material Culture.



Čarna BrkovićAnd the winner is…..Čarna Brković!

The SIEF Young Scholar prize of 2015 is awarded to Dr. Čarna Brković (Montenegro) for her scholarly contribution Scaling Humanitarianism: Humanitarian Actions in a Bosnian Town in Ethnos. Journal of Anthropology of 2014. The prize will be given to her on 23 June 2015 during the 12th SIEF International Congress in Zagreb (Croatia), and there Brković will present her prize winning research.


SIEF2015SIEF2015 registration opens!

Registration is now open for SIEF2015. To pay the cheaper early-bird rates, please register before April 20!
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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:


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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