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.

SIEF shares the statement of AAA

AAA reaffirms its commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and human rights. We call on our colleagues to apply their professional research, scholarship, practice, and teaching to overturning the deeply entrenched institutional sources of race-based inequality that are barriers to a more just and sustainable world.
Read more on the AAA website.


SIEF2021, Helsinki, Finland: 21-24 June 2021

The Call for Panels, Roundtables, Workshops and Combined Formats for SIEF2021 Breaking the rules? Power, participation and transgression has closed, with decisions communicated on 12 October. The Call for papers and posters will open 15 October. Please read the theme and the Call for Panels etc page to learn about the formats, rules, etc.

Ethnological Matterings

On the wings of the successful Ethnological Sensations series, Áslaug Einarsdóttir, SIEF's courtly filmmaker, has produced films with a slightly different scope. This time we will focus on ways in which ethnological and folklorist approaches and skills can be applied in different fields outside the academia in which our disciplines come to "matter”. We will release one film each month until our gathering in Helsinki. View SIEF's Ethnological Matterings.

Siena’s reaction to the corona virus

SIEF Board member, Fabio Mugnaini reports on how the people of Siena are responding to the corona virus by, among other things, making music. Read something positive here.

SIEF2021, Helsinki, Finland: 21-24 June 2021

The next international SIEF congress will take place in Helsinki, 21-24 June 2021. On 20 June there will be a pre-conference event. Take a sneak preview of the venue, the University of Helsinki, and its 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.



New issue of Ethnologia Europaea, Vol. 50, no. 1

Re-enchantment, Ritualization, Heritage-making: Processes Reconfiguring Tradition in Europe
Guest Editors: Cyril Isnart and Alessandro Testa

EE coverHighlighting the important, but in research often neglected, experiential dimension of European traditions, this issue of Ethnologia Europaea contains a themed section edited by Cyril Isnart and Alessandro Testa, entitled Re-enchantment, Ritualization, Heritage-making: Processes Reconfiguring Tradition in Europe.

It begins with an introduction by the guest editors outlining how these three concepts can open new vistas on research. They are exemplified in four research articles: Testa describes three ethnographic cases of ritualization from different parts of Europe, Isnart contemplates the dynamics of cultural heritage and religion in southern Europe, Eva Löfgren studies the reconstruction of churches in a secular society such as Sweden, and Pedro Antunes takes part in nocturnal rituals, singing for the souls in Portugal.

The special section is concluded with a forum on the “hot topic” of tradition. In nine statements, prominent researchers from all over Europe reflect on how the perception and reframing of tradition specific to each of their intellectual cultures and professional networks are continuously challenged by their ethnographic experiences.

In the open section of this issue are three research articles related to Poland: Paweł Lewicki looks at “Polishness and Eurostyle in EU Brussels”, showing with ethnographic detail how a dominant European self-fashioning is challenged from within the EU. Izabella Main and Elżbieta M. Goździak deploy the concept of social and cultural remittances to think more intensely about the value of transnational mobility for Polish women working in Norway, and in her article “Gender on Trial”, Agnieszka Kościańska analyzes the importance of feminist activism in Poland for shifts in the discourse on rape in the criminal justice system.

In a thought-provoking fourth article, “Talking about your Generation”, Kyrre Kverndokk draws our attention to the work done by the rhetorical trope of “the children” in the discourse on climate change.


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 ...