Events by the SIEF Working Group on Historical Approaches in Cultural Analysis


Reimagining Europe: De-colonizing Historical Imaginaries, Disciplinary Narratives in Folklore and Ethnology and Beyond

13-14 June 2024 Marburg, Germany (Hybrid event)
Historical Approaches in Cultural Analysis Workin
g Group Interim Meeting

Contemporary transnational and post-colonial viewpoints perceive Europe as a dynamic and complex web of wider transnational interactions and exchanges, highlighting the influences of intertwined and intersecting, yet simultaneously contested and competing historical narratives, memories, and identities. These encounters in the past and present have played a significant role in the historical imagination and contemporary formation of Europe, as they shaped distinct practices, methodologies, and traditions in the disciplinary landscape of folklore studies, European ethnology, and social and cultural anthropology across the continent. In this conference, we aim to investigate these two interconnected domains in a dialogue between historical perceptions and current reflections about Europe vis-à-vis disciplinary de-colonization effects.

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Past Futures. Historical Approaches to the Analysis of Uncertainties and Ruptures

29-30th of September 2022, Innsbruck, Austria

Conference organized by the SIEF-Working-Group „Historical Approaches in Cultural Analysis” and the Department of History and European Ethnology of the University of Innsbruck. The conference will be a face-to-face-event (with some remote presenters), but there is also the possibility to take part remotely in a hybrid mode.

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SIEF Working Group „Historical Approaches in Cultural Analysis“ Annual meeting
Thursday 29th of September, 10 am (Central European Time)

This meeting is part of our WG-conference „Past Futures. Historical Approaches to the Analysis of Uncertainties and Ruptures.“ All relevant information can be found in the programme linked above.

Panels at SIEF2019 14th Congress, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 14-17 April 2019

Tracking Knowledge. On the history of changing disciplinary identities after 1945; convenors Konrad Kuhn and Magdalena Puchberger
Tracing/Tracking/Transforming Histories of Ethnology/Folklore: Toward Critical Methodologies ; convenors Hande A. Birkalan-Gedik and Ingrid Slavec Gradišnik
Tracking changes on the margins of texts and written culture; convenors Katre Kikas and Pauliina Latvala-Harvilahti

Meeting of the SIEF working group of historical approaches in cultural analysis: Historical Approaches in Contemporary Research Field: Making Connections.

29-31 August 2018, Estonian Literary Museum, Tartu, Estonia.

Doing research is all about making connections – between past and present, sources and theories, disciplinal history and contemporary problems, the academy and the society etc. The SIEF working group of historical approaches in cultural analysis invited scholars involved in the field to reflect upon those different connections being created, disrupted or altered during research.

See the programme here.

Panels at SIEF2015, Zagreb, Croatia

Culinary heritage as an island of well-being (with WG on Food Research)

Panels at SIEF2013, Tartu, Estonia

Agents, politics and intermediality in/of circulating historical knowledge

Teaching historical-ethnological approaches to the past

Panels at SIEF2011, Lisbon, Portugal

History and placemaking


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