SIEF2023 16th Congress

Brno, Czech Republic:
7-10 June 2023

The 16th international SIEF congress will take place in Brno, the second largest city of the Czech Republic, the country, where SIEF forerunner Commission internationale de l’art populaire has been founded. After almost 100 years SIEF returns to Central Europe, a region where many uncertainties worth of ethnological, folklore and related research arises and overlaps for centuries.


Photo: Pavel Gabzdyl

In the current times of various threats, vivid and vibrant auspices of the Masaryk University in Brno will provide a unique opportunity to demonstrate that inspiration for our work can flow in various directions and not only along the current hegemonic axes, to search for connections and bridges rather than divisions and to contribute to a balanced scholarly collaboration across established borders of any kind.

This is an intention of three local partners which have agreed on a joint initiative to host the congress: the Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Department of European Ethnology of the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University and the National Institute of Folk Culture.

SIEF2023 congress is held under the auspices of:
President of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Rector of Masaryk University
Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic

Organising institutions

The National Institute of Folk Culture
Department of European Ethnology
Institute of Ethnology

Organizing Agency

Brno Convention Bureau


Ministry of Culture Czech Republic


Call for panels etc 15/08-17/10/2022
Panels selected 08/11/2022
Call for papers 14/11-10/01/2023
Papers marked up 30/01/2023
Transfer process 06/02-21/02/2023
Early Bird registration 13/03-24/04/2023