Deborah Kapchan (New York University) talks about cross-cultural experiences of discomfort and the understanding of emotions.
Fabio Mugnaini (University of Siena, Italy) shares with us his thoughts and feelings about sounds and performances in storytelling.
Francisco Vaz da Silva's
Francisco Vaz da Silva (University of Lisbon, Portugal) describes feelings during a gap year in the US and their relation to fieldwork experiences in northern Portugal.
Leah Lowthorp (Harvard University, USA) gives insights into her training in Sanskrit Theater in south India as part of her research on Kutiyattam theatre as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Sanja Potkonjak (University of Zagreb, Croatia) remembers getting the silent treatment during fieldwork in a village in the east of Croatia.
Leonard Primiano (Cabrini College, USA) shares with us his experiences with a Voudou Priestess and a perfumed chicken in a basement in Philadelphia.
Orvar Löfgren (University of Lund, Sweden) has ethnological sensations “all the time”, passing by people and houses and fantasizing about the life behind the facades.
Kristin Kuutma (University of Tartu, Estonia) is fascinated by meetings and the unknown stories of the persons involved.
Sophie Elpers (Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) needed a sensational detour through Golden Age art to reach European Ethnology.
Clara Saraiva (CRIA Universidade Nova, Lisbon, Portugal) remembers her intense fieldwork in the south of Portugal where a complete village had to be moved.
Hester Dibbits (Reinwardt Academy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) relates her aesthetic and sensory experience in a museum storage room packed with objects of everyday life.
SIEF's President, Valdimar Hafstein (University of Iceland) reveals an awkward ethnological moment while “going native” during UNESCO’s General Conference.
Tine Damsholt (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) experiences ethnological sensations in archives, in the field, and in discussing these experiences with colleagues.
Peter Jan Margry's
Peter Jan Margry (Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) recounts a fieldwork experience of religious cleansing in a ring of fire.
Jasna Capo (University of Zagreb, Croatia) describes an accidental meeting and contemplates diversity and migration through the lens of European Ethnology.
Researching old historical documents, the famous Dutch historian Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), author of The Waning of the Middle Ages (1924), experienced an immediate contact with the distant past, a strong impression that he once described as the 'historical sensation'. Playing on Huizinga's felicitous phrase, we refer to an 'ethnological sensation' to describe that special insightful and often unintentional experience during the research of an ethnologist or folklorist (in spe), the one moment that gave him or her the insight that this is it: the work I must dedicate myself to, the discipline that makes me tick.
SIEF decided to share such important experiences. Diverse colleagues – present in Amsterdam at SIEF’s 50th anniversary symposium in 2014 or present at the 12th international congress in Zagreb in 2015 - were asked to explain before the camera and share with their SIEF colleagues their own ethnological sensation or a telling moment that offered insight into what the field is all about.
Up to the next international congress in March 2017 in Göttingen, SIEF brings every month two new ethnological sensations online for you to watch. We hope you enjoy the short ‘sensational’ testimonies of your colleagues! Please feel free to share the films with your friends, your colleagues, or your students.
The clips are filmed and produced by Áslaug Einarsdóttir in 2014 and 2015.