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SIEF2021 15th Congress

Helsinki, Finland
19-24 June 2021

Breaking the rules? Power, participation, transgression

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If you are experiencing difficulties logging in, please read the more detailed instructions here. The conference programme can be seen here.

For those who find it helpful, you can download this document of the panelpaper abstracts. Please note this file does not include the rest of the conference, for which you must refer to the online programme.

Congress recording policy: this can be seen here and summarised as we'll record everything to facilitate access for delegates who are unable to watch them live, be that due to time zones or domestic duties. However any panel or presenter not wishing to remain in recordings can inform us and we will edit those out, so no record remains, in accordance with privacy laws.

NOTE! Please take a moment to consider the time zones when browsing events and panels.

All congress events start times are shown in UTC+3/EEST.

UTC+3 is Helsinki time - during summers, Helsinki is on East European Summer Time (EEST/UTC+3), a Daylight Saving Time that lasts from March till October. UTC+3/EEST is one hour ahead of Central European Summer Time (CEST), two hours ahead of British Summer time (BST) and Western European Summer Time (WEST) and 3 hours ahead of GMT/UTC. Some colleagues live in countries that do not switch to summer hours which sometimes muddles the waters. For anyone unsure of how their time zone relates to Helsinki time, we recommend Googling "what is the time in Helsinki right now?" or using this Time Zone converter.

Finding the poster sessions

The poster stream (Post01a and Post01b) and Working Group posters (introducing you to the research, people and goings-on of SIEF Working Groups) can be found here. To view the posters, make sure you are logged in from the link above the timetable to view the posters. There are scheduled zooms on Wednesday where you can meet poster authors.

You can also find posters in Whova if you search for 'poster' or choose the stream 'posters'.

The audio/visual programme is also now visible online - you can start watching the films, etc now!

Platform: the congress will use Zoom as its video meeting tool, but accessed via the conference app, Whova. Full info on this approach was emailed to delegates on 8th June: view that email here.


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.

University of Helsinki
Kalevalaseura Foundation
visit Ethnos
Museo Virast
Uni of Eastern Finland
Wenner Gren
Finnish Cultural Foundation