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 is now open for SIEF2021 Breaking the rules? Power, participation and transgression that will take place in Helsinki, Finland on 21-24 June 2021. Please read the theme, then go to the Call for Panels etc page to read all about the formats, rules and instructions and find the link for proposing your contribution.

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. 49, no. 2

Shared Spaces. Multispecies Approaches in the Museum
Guest Editors: Sophie Elpers, Michaela Fenske

EE coverThis special issue of Ethnologia Europaea takes an innovative approach to analysing the co-presence of animals, plants and humans in exhibits of various kinds in order to probe the potentials of the multispecies museum. From open-air museums with live animals to (natural) history museums displaying the work of the taxidermist, the contributions give rich insights into the the different ways that museums represent our multispecies world.

The open section of this issue includes an article by Peter Jan Margry on the scientific misconduct of the former Amsterdam Free University (VU) professor of political anthropology, Mart Bax: On Scholarly Misconduct and Fraud, and What We Can Learn from It. As the editors explain in the editorial, the seven articles Bax published in Ethnologia Europaea between 1988-2000 have now been retracted from the journal. Finally, a contribution by Tore Rinke Bangstad entitled: Beyond Presentism – Heritage and the Temporality of Things, considers the significance of materiality for the production of temporal orders in heritage practices in Norway.


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 ...