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.


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

SIEF2019 logoThe congress Track Changes: Reflecting on a Transforming World will be held in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, April 14-17, 2019.

Registration is now open. Book your place at the congress, your accommodation and organise your travel.


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.

Welcome to Santiago de Compostela: SIEF 2019

Welcome to Santiago de Compostela from SIEF on Vimeo.


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.




Ethnologia Europaea vol. 48:1 is now out!

EE 471In many Mediterranean countries we observe newcomers to the political arena: new forms of social networking, growing opposition, and protest articulated by local communities or locally active social movements. In this special issue we present fresh research on localized practices of resistance by protest groups, solidarity initiatives, and cultural projects, which have arisen in the wake of the 2008 crisis. Based on ethnological fieldwork, the volume offers insights into the media-based protest against the commodification of the historic Marseille district Panier (Philip Cartelli); urban gardening in Ljubljana as a practice opposing the growing neoliberal market economy (Saša Poljak Istenič); and the movement Genuino Clandestino, a solidarity network of small-scale farmers in Italy (Alexander Koensler). Three case studies deal with social movement in Greece: a solidarity network in Volos, where citizens developed an alternative exchange and trading system (Andreas Streinzer); grassroots mobilizations as resistant practices in the inner urban neighbourhood of Exarchia in Athens (Monia Cappuccini); and finally rural solidarity networks on the Peloponnese peninsula (James Verinis). A comparative discussion of Mediterranean protest movements (Jutta Lauth Bacas and Marion Näser-Lather) identifies underlying common features in these clearly different, yet relatable practices of protest: among others, the major role of face-to-face interaction and mutual trust.

Edited by Jutta Lauth Bacas & Marion Näser-Lather

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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 ...