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SIEF2021 15th Congress

Helsinki, Finland
19-24 June 2021

Breaking the rules? Power, participation, transgression

Over 1000 colleagues registered during the early-bird period! But it's not too late, just a little more expensive: registration remains open! The panel timetable will be published in mid-April.

The 15th SIEF congress is hosted by the University of Helsinki, Finland’s largest and oldest academic institution (est. 1640). With the theme Breaking the rules? Power, participation and transgression, we invite and encourage participants to explore the dynamics, modes, arenas and implications of breaking the rules and to revisit and discuss underlying concepts.

We also planned to invite you physically to Helsinki, that vibrant capital city by the Baltic Sea with an Arctic twist known for its laid-back and safe atmosphere, its internationality and open-mindedness, and the proximity of urban culture and mesmerising nature. However, people plan and the fates laugh...

Due to the unpredictable situation regarding COVID-19, the SIEF2021 Scientific Committee has taken the decision to hold the congress fully online. The University of Helsinki’s work has moved online and no large events will be held there in the foreseeable future. Combined with the uncertainties in funding, travel and insurance and the very different restrictions applied within Europe and beyond, it has become obvious that the fairest thing to do is to offer a congress that is equally accessible – financially and physically – to all participants.

We are all deeply saddened by not being able to meet in Helsinki, but have worked hard to build a rewarding conference experience for all, from papers and panels to informal encounters and networking. We are sure that the congress will be one to remember: with spectacular keynotes, innovative – rule-breaking – events and the opportunity to experience the Arctic through a unique music programme – all online in Helsinki.

Key dates

Call for panels etc 06/07-21/09/2020
Panels selected 15/10/2020
Call for papers 23/10-26/11/2020
Papers marked up 14/12/2020
Transfer process 21/12/2020-18/01/2021
Early Bird registration 15/02-12/04/2021
University of Helsinki
Kalevalaseura Foundation
visit Ethnos
Museo Virast
Uni of Eastern Finland
Wenner Gren
Finnish Cultural Foundation