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.


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

SIEF2019 logo The congress begins today in Santiago de Compostela. Download the congress app.
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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.




Ethnologia Europaea goes Gold Open Access

EE coverSIEF's flagship journal is now being published fully open access (Gold) with the Open Library of Humanities (OLH). The support of SIEF membership subscriptions together with a grant from The Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS) covers the production costs.
The journal continues to be published twice a year, usually with one open issue and one thematic issue, only in digital versions. Back issues of the past 50 years of Ethnologia Europaea are in the process of being digitized and will be available on the OLH webpage thanks to generous support from the Meertens Institute in Amsterdam and the Ludwig Uhland Institute at the University of Tübingen.

Read more about the first issue, out now with OLH.

Edited by Monique Scheer & Marie Sandberg


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 ...