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.