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.


Save the date: 14th international SIEF Congress

SIEF2019 logoThe congress will be held in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, April 14-17, 2019.

The Call for panels is now open until June 18, 2018.

SIEF Ethnological sensations

Ethnology sensationTwo new Ethnological sensations are available to view online: Talking about his project on the performances during a gothic festival in Germany, Markus Tauschek (University of Freiburg, Germany)​ shows that fascination is a good starting point for ethnological research projects. Lotten Gustafsson Reinius (Stockholm University and Museum of Ethnography, Stockholm, Sweden) speaks about her fascination for an object she found in the storage of a museum: a necklace. She could sense the biography of the object when she had it in her hands.

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.

Welcome to Santiago de Compostela: SIEF 2019

Welcome to Santiago de Compostela from SIEF on Vimeo.

SIEF Summer School 2018

We are glad to announce the second international SIEF summer school that will take place in Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, from 22-29 June, 2018. The theme of the summer school is Giving Voice? Facilitating Social and Community Resilience. It is intended primarily for PhD students interested in the issues of community entrepreneurship, social resilience and the relationship between research partnership and activism. Please see here for all the details and how to apply.

Conference logoSIEF2017: 13th SIEF Congress

The SIEF Congress in Göttingen is now over. The keynote videos are now online - click here to view the videos. You can still visit the congress site for panel/paper information.


SIEF Working Groups

SIENNA 2018Religion and Politics - Conflict and Peace 13th International Conference of the SIEF Ethnology of Religion Working Group

The 13th conference of the SIEF Ethnology of Religion Working Group aims to explore from ethnological / anthropological perspective the general theme of politics and religion in various national and political contexts, either in historical or contemporary times. Theoretical proposals and papers illustrating the productivity of ethnographic methods in research into the connection between religion and politics are especially welcome.


Historical Approaches in Contemporary Research Field: Making Connections

Meeting of the SIEF working group of historical approaches in cultural analysis
Date: 29-31 August 2018
Venues: Estonian Literary Museum, Vanemuise 42, Tartu, Estonia;
University of Tartu, Ülikooli 16, Tartu, Estonia.

Call for Papers: Conference “Remittances as Social Practice”

University of Innsbruck, 27-28 September 2018
Dates: 27-28 Sept 2018
Abstract deadline: 15 April 2018
Organised by the SIEF Working Group Migration & Mobility, the Institute of History and European Ethnology, University of Innsbruck (FWF Research Project “Follow the Money. Remittances as Social Practice”; Silke Meyer, Fatma Haron, Claudius Ströhle)
Please click here to view the full call for papers for this event.


Bucharest 2018Call for Papers: City Rituals. 13th conference of The Ritual Year Working Group

Hosted by the Romanian Academy
7-9 November 2018, Bucharest, Romania
Abstract deadline extended: 30 April 2018

13th conference of The Ritual Year Working Group will be hosted by the Romanian Academy and will take place in Bucharest (Romania), 7-9 November 2018. The conference theme is City Rituals. The Call for papers (with details about the theme, costs and deadlines) closes 30 April. Please see the full call here!


Spaces and Places in Transition: Urban and Rural Transformations in Central and Eastern Europe. Conference of the WG Space-lore and Place-lore

Prague, Czech Republic , November 7 to 10, 2018

Registration for this conference is now open!
For further information and details of the call for papers please see here.




Ethnologia Europaea vol. 47:2 is now out!

EE 471This issue opens with an in-depth analysis by Antti Lindfors of the ways that satire is intertwined with moral understandings, bringing recent discussions from the anthropology of ethics as well as emotions to the stand-up comedian’s stage in Finland and elsewhere. Ethical issues are also at stake in Britta Lundgren’s examination of how Swedish health-care providers involved in the threat of an epidemic as well as adverse side-effects of vaccinations face doublebind situations and deal with their own doubts. Then Niels Jul Nielsen and Janus Jul Olsen explain how the neoliberal transformations in Denmark’s social welfare system have resulted from the loss of a perception of the working class as a potential threat to societal stability and peace. Anastasiya Astapova’s article, which provides the inspiration for this issue’s cover art, looks at the folklore of Potemkinism in Belarus, local attitudes and narratives around the “fa.ade” performance. And finally, Jernej Mlekuž explores the symbolic complexity and material significance of the burek in Slovenia, one of the country’s most popular and yet disrespected foods.

Edited by Monique Scheer & Marie Sandberg

As E‐journal:


Cultural AnalysisNew Issue of Cultural Analysis is out! Volume 16.1

Robert Glenn Howard & Coppélie Cocq

Anthony Bak Buccitelli
Locative Gaming, Folk Geographics, and the Experience of Cultural Heritage

Andrew Peck 
Capturing the Slender Man: Online and Offline Vernacular Practice in the Digital Age

Christian S. Ritter 
The Moroccan Diaspora in Istanbul: Experiencing Togetherness through Participatory Media

Maria Eriksson & Anna Johansson
“Keep Smiling!”: Time, Functionality and Intimacy in Spotify’s Featured Playlists

Stefan Gelfgren 
The Dyophysite Nature of the Internet: Negotiating Authorities within Institutionalized Christianity

Coppélie Cocq
Traditional knowledge—New experts

Robert Glenn Howard
GunNets: Why a Theory of Heterogeneous Volition Is Necessary in the Study of Digital Communication.




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 ...