16th SIEF Congress in Brno

16th SIEF Congress in Brno

16th SIEF Congress in Brno

All you want to know about the SIEF2023 Congress



SIEF2023: Living Uncertainty

Brno, Czech Republic: 7-10 June 2023

Venue: Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University

We look forward to meeting you at our 16th, fully face-to-face, SIEF congress in Brno, Czech Republic. For the theme, program, timetable, list of panels and papers, accessibility guidelines, and other information, see the Congress website.

As maintained in the last SIEFNews, the upcoming SIEF Congress will occur in Brno, Czech Republic, in a few weeks. It is a great honour for us that we will be able to welcome more than 800 delegates at the Department of European Ethnology, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University; there will be more than 100 panels, workshops and roundtables. We are happy that we will be able to meet face to face again after four years to enjoy the joint discussions and also the almost summer city. The possibility of organising an event for scholars from all over the world means a lot to the local scientific community. Not only professionally but also because we can demonstrate the scientific and social importance of the humanities and social sciences. All organising institutions appreciate Brno's choice as the host city of the biennial SIEF Congress.

Local organising institutions and Patronage:

Institute of Ethnology, Czech Academy of Sciences
Department of European Ethnology, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University (host institution)
National Institute of Folk Culture

The congress is organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, Czech Republic, Rector of the Masaryk University Martin Bareš and President of the Czech Academy of Sciences Eva Zažímalová.

Location: Brno is a unique city

Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic, with almost 380 thousand inhabitants. It is a historic city founded in the 13th century on a site with documented settlements dating back to the Stone Age. However, the oldest written references to Brno are older than 1000 years. Today, the city is known as one of the main 19th century centres of the textile and engineering industry of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, so it was known as Moravian Manchester. However, it is best known for its interwar modernist architecture, the highlight of which is undoubtedly the Villa Tugendhat by the architect Mies van der Rohe, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. New this year is a free entry to the garden of Villa Tugendhat. The garden forms a unit with the garden of nearby Villa Löw-Beer. Every day, except Mondays, it is possible to admire both villas of the wealthy Brno industrialists from the immediate vicinity.

Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Caption photo 2: Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Classical music lovers know that famous composer Leoš Janáček spent much of his life in Brno. Visitors can learn more about him and his life in Brno thanks to the educational trail through the city.

During your stay in the city, you can discover all the facets of its historical existence while enjoying what it offers today. Today, Brno is home to five colleges and universities and a regional cultural centre renowned for its great bar and café culture (see also here).

You can find more info about the visit on Go to Brno webpage.

For more information about SIEF2023, including the scientific as well as the cultural and social program, see the PDF of the SIEF newsletter.