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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.


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)

Thank you for a great congress in Zagreb.


We are already looking forward to SIEF 2017 in Göttingen and to the 2016 meetings of the various SIEF Working Groups.


Ethnological sensations #10

Ethnological Sensations 8

Orvar Löfgren (University of Lund, Sweden) is the last one in the row of clips. On the one hand because he has ethnological sensations "all the time", passing by persons and houses and phantasizing what kind of lives that are, on the other hand soon Löfgren will speak out the opening keynote at the SIEF Congress in Zagreb: a very short warming up, to feed upon his voice and narrative!

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.


Other news

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.