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...

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


Call SIEF Summer School 2020

Il Palio, the horse race that is held twice each year

‘Heritage, Tradition, Identity. A Case Study of the Palio di Siena’,
Siena, 25 June – 3 July 2020
In collaboration with the University of Siena and the University of Perugia

The third SIEF International Summer School aims to explore the triangle composed of tradition, explored as an open and progressively constructed concept, identity, as a grassroots need or rhetorical construct, self-legitimating and aiming to enact difference, and heritage policies, with their contrasting demands of safeguarding and valorization of diversity versus control of the “product”. It will focus on heritage policies as strategies for the promotion of traditions in relation to the dynamics of identity and to the challenge posed by the touristic gaze.

Please declare your interest by sending:

  1. A short CV, clearly stating your PhD study status and your Master’s degree field; and
  2. An abstract of 300–500 words describing your own research project and how it relates to the themes outlined above.

Please send your declarations by 31 October 2019 to siena2020(at)

See more detailed information here


Track Changes: Reflecting on a Transforming World - 14th international SIEF Congress

SIEF2019 logo This year's congress was held in Santiago de Compostela. Attended by over 820 delegates, there was a vast array of themes and panels. Read more about the event on the conference pages.

This was also the occasion of the society's General Assembly. See the updated board members.


SIEF2021 - University of Helsinki

SIEF2021 will take place at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Get a sneak preview now of the venue and surroundings. We hope you will join us in Helsinki!


SIEF Ethnological sensations

Ethnology sensationThe last Ethnological sensation is available to view online: Cristina Sánchez-Carretero (Santiago de Compostela, Spain) describes how a journey of selfunderstanding during the funeral of her grandmother affected her later research on religion in Galicia.​

What do ethnologists do?

Filmed at the SIEF2017 conference in Göttingen, this three and a half minute long film, entitled 'What do ethnologists do?' comprises SIEF members sharing their views on what distinguishes ethnology from other disciplines, and what ethnologists can actually do to tackle the challenges of the contemporary world. We hope you find the film inspiring and interesting.




Ethnologia Europaea goes Gold Open Access

EE coverSIEF's flagship journal is now being published fully open access (Gold) with the Open Library of Humanities (OLH). The support of SIEF membership subscriptions together with a grant from The Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS) covers the production costs.
The journal continues to be published twice a year, usually with one open issue and one thematic issue, only in digital versions. Back issues of the past 50 years of Ethnologia Europaea are in the process of being digitized and will be available on the OLH webpage thanks to generous support from the Meertens Institute in Amsterdam and the Ludwig Uhland Institute at the University of Tübingen.

Read more about the first issue, out now with OLH.

Edited by Monique Scheer & Marie Sandberg


New Issue of Cultural Analysis is out! Volume 17.1

CONTENT Cultural Analysis 17.1

Between Intellectual and Cultural Property: Myths of Authorship and Common Heritage in the Protection of Traditional Cultural Expressions, response by Marc Perlman

The Butt of the Joke? Laughter and Potency in the Becoming of Good Soldiers, responses by Lisa Gilman and Barbara Plester

Communicative and Stylistic Utilization of New Yorùbá Idioms Among Students of Higher Institutions

Trinidad Rico - The Flight of the Condor: A Letter, a Song and the Story of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Directed and Produced by Vladimar Tr. Hafstein and Áslaug Einarsdóttir. Vimeo. 2018.
Brian Zang - Making Intangible Heritage: El Condor Pasa and Other Stories from UNESCO. By Valdimar Tr. Hafstein. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2018. Pp. viii + 216 pages, b&w illustrations, prelude, postlude, acknowledgements, bibliography, index.
Michelle L. Stefano - Hittin’ the Prayer Bones: Materiality of Spirit in the Pentecostal South. By Anderson Blanton. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press. Pp. xii + 224 pages, acknowledgements, introduction, 8 black and white photographs, notes, bibliography, index.




Turkish flagSIEF Statement In Support of Academics in Turkey PDF

In two cabinet decrees issued in September and October 2016 within the context of the state of emergency rule, 68 signatories of the Peace Petition (“We will not be a party to this crime” – Academics for Peace, in January 2016) were deemed “supporters of terrorism”, dismissed from their posts and banned from public service. At least two of these are associated with SIEF and our sister organization AFS: Yücel Demirer and Derya Keskin-Demirer, who frequently attend SIEF meetings. They were dismissed from their positions at Kocaeli University along with 37 other faculty members without a hearing or right to appeal the decision. They are among 3,613 academics dismissed by Turkish authorities in the last three months. Read more ...