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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...

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


SIEF Newsletter Autumn 2015

SIEF News Read the new SIEF Newsletter now here



Opening Keynote Lecture at SIEF 2015

SIEF 2015Watch the opening keynote lecture from Orvar Löfgren at SIEF 2015 in Zagreb



New Working Group on Digital Ethnology and Folklore

Backlit keyboardThe new working group on Digital Ethnology and Folklore intends to provide a platform for dialogue, cooperation and networking among ethnologists, folklorists, and SIEF scholars from adjacent fields with a special interest in Digital Ethnology and Folklore.


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...


Working groups Calls for papers

FoodThree of the working groups currently have calls out for upcoming events.

12th Annual International conference of the SIEF Working Group, The Ritual Year
January 8-12 2016, Findhorn, Scotland
"Regulating Customs"

21st International Ethnological Food Research Conference of the SIEF Working Group, Food Research
31 August - 3 September 2016, Heidelberg, Germany
"Places of Food Production. Origin, Identity, Imagination"

12th International Conference of the SIEF Working Group, Ethnology of Religion
22-24 September 2016, Amsterdam
"Alternative and Religious Healing in the Modern World"


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 re 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? The call for applications is open until 1st 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)


Other news

Call for papers

Call for Articles for a special issue of Ethnologia Europaea (2017-2018)

Practices of resistance

In the European countries bordering the Mediterranean at present we observe not only the manifold effects of austerity policies but also significant political and social changes triggered by the (economic) crisis since 2008. In many of these countries, we can also perceive new forms of social practices of networking, leading to growing opposition and protest articulated by local communities or by social movements, which are based on common acts of solidarity, cooperation and the establishment of (close) relationships. 
In a special issue of Ethnologia Europaea planned for 2017–2018 the guest editors want to focus on these emerging collaborative (protest) practices in Mediterranean countries, which are related to or an effect of the current economic crisis. 
Building on the assumption that the Mediterranean can be understood as a common frame of reference for comparative research and analysis, contributors are invited to reflect on collaborative interactions as practices of resistance and social or political change within new protest groups, solidarity initiatives and cultural projects related to specific local conflicts arisen in wake of the crisis. Contributors may either present cases of newly emerging collaborative practices of resistance (including the use of digital media) in a Mediterranean country, or focus on more theoretical approaches regarding the implications of the above described developments. 

Please send your abstract (max. 500 words) and short biography no later than January 15th 2016 to the guest editors.

For more information see the full call (on SIEF website)


Call for Papers & Reviews for the Fall 2016 Volume of Cultural Analysis

Cultural analysis



Cultural Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Folklore and Popular Culture welcomes submissions and reviews for its Fall 2016 volume!

Cultural Analysis is an interdisciplinary, open access, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to investigating the everyday and expressive culture. We feature analytical research articles as well as notes, reviews, and cross-disciplinary responses. The journal is global in scope, with an international editorial board and formal partnership with SIEF. Cultural Analysis encourages submissions from a variety of theoretical standpoints and from different disciplines, including, but not limited to, anthropology, cultural studies, folklore, media studies, popular culture, psychology, and sociology. From 2016 on, there will be two volumes per year: a special issue, edited by guest editors, and a regular issue with mixed contributions. The Fall 2016 volume will be a mixed issue.

Authors are invited to submit research articles of approximately 20-30 pages in length (double-spaced), in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition (B). Please refer to our additional submission guidelines, including those for book and event reviews, on our website ( The deadline is 1 February 2016. Inquiries may contact

Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Institute of Ethnology
1) Assistant Professor specializing in urban anthropology, urban marginality and collective identity
2) Assistant Professor specializing in theory and methodology of ethnology and history, research on collective identities and modern festivities
Details can be found here. Deadline for applications: 19th December 2016.


Cultural AnalysisCultural Analysis An Interdisciplinary Forum on Folkore and Popular Culture, Volume 13
What's in a Discipline? 
Special issue on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore


Ethnologia Europaea. Journal of European Ethnology 45:1
We are very pleased to announce the new issue of Ethnologia Europaea, which is now available for purchase - both as print and e-journal - at Museum Tusculanum Press's website. Ethnologia Europaea is edited by Marie Sandberg and Regina F. Bendix

Printed journal

This issue opens with Katarzyna Wolanik Boström and Magnus Öhlander's inquiry into mobile physicians and their pragmatic use of proto-ethnographic insights so as to facilitate their day to day work with culturally diverse patients. Gabriella Nilsson uncovers how school nurses, too, habitually draw on their knowledge of class and family background while implementing normative medical guidelines on childhood obesity. Maria Zackariasson seeks to show how members in a faith-based youth organization experience and handle the pull and push of faith and peer group sociability. 

Ewa Klekot examines different traces and registers of memorialization of recent Polish history in two districts of Warsaw. Disciplinary memory is augmented through Konrad J. Kuhn's analysis of Swiss scholars' participation in the Europeanization of Volkskunde. With Laura Hirvi's observations among young Finnish artists in Berlin, the issue concludes with another set of transnationally mobile actors.