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SIEF2017 13th Congress: Göttingen, Germany
26-30 March 2017

Theme: Ways of Dwelling: Crisis - Craft - Creativity

The 13th international SIEF congress took place in Göttingen, and was the first SIEF congress in Germany, with just under 800 ethnologists, folklorists, anthropologists and researchers from related fields in attendance. There were four days of stimulating keynotes, parallel panels, poster sessions, audiovisual presentations, and events. The congress investigated the myriad ways of dwelling.

The videos of the keynotes are online now. You can watch them below.

If you are having problems watching the videos below, you can view them here: vimeo.com/album/4805520

SIEF2017 Welcome from SIEF on Vimeo.


The posters were showcased prominently and there was be a 'people's choice' award for the best poster and for the most creative poster.

There were opportunities to show and discuss movies and interactive audiovisual formats in a cinema-like atmosphere. A further format welcomed were media experiment, with a room designated for open engagement with audiovisual research and its emerging knowledge formats with space for discussion in a studio-atmosphere.

Conference organisers

Local organising committee
Cornelius Hantscher, Birgit Abels, Regina Bendix, Sandra Eckardt, Dorothee Hemme, Nathalie Knöhr, Rául Matta, Alice Mierswa, Thorsten Näser, Arnika Peselmann, Eva Maria van Straaten, Julian Warner as well as students of the Department of Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology at the University of Göttingen

Scientific Committee
Regina Bendix, Moritz Ege, Julia Fleischhack, Sabine Hess, Pertti Anttonen, Sophie Elpers, Valdimar Hafstein, Nevena Škrbić Alempijević

Responsible for audio-visual formats
Torsten Näser, Sandra Eckardt and Frauke Paech

The Congress committees are assisted by the nomadic team of professional conference organisers, and membership administrators, NomadIT