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

The congress will be held in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, April 14-17, 2019. More info to follow.

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.

SIEF Ethnological sensations

Ethnology sensationTwo new Ethnological sensations are available to view online: ​Susanne Österlund-Pötzsch (Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland) had an aha-moment at the breakfast table - she describes what a marmalade jar had to do with it. Dani Schrire's (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) ethnological moment took place in the national library in Jerusalem while doing research on the history of Zionist Folkloristics.​

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.


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 ...

SIEF Working Groups

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.


Bucharest 2018City Rituals. 13th conference of The Ritual Year Working Group

Hosted by the Romanian Academy
7-9 November 2018, Bucharest (Romania)

13th conference of The Ritual Year Working Group will be hosted by the Romanian Academy and is scheduled to 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) will soon be sent out. In the meantime, please book the dates!


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




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

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Cultural AnalysisNew Issue of Cultural Analysis is out!

Kahithe Kiiru
National Competitive Festivals:
Formatting Dance Products and Forging Identities in Contemporary Kenya

Sheila M. Young
The Role of Costuming in Two Pre-wedding Rituals for Women in Northern Scotland

Christian Ritter & Klaus Schönberger 
“Sweeping the Globe”:
Appropriating Global Media Content Through Camera Phone Videos in Everyday Life

A. Asbjørn Jøn 
Green Jesus of Azeroth:
Hero Myths and Fan Based Perceptions of Similarities Between Jesus of Nazareth and the World of Warcraft's 'Thrall'