Events by the SIEF Ritual Year Working Group

Future events

The Ritual Year WG Seasonal Webinars

The Covid-19 pandemic have deeply disrupted our lives and restricted our WG’s activities. Being unable to meet again at our biennial conference, as planned to take place in Riga, earlier this year, has been a big disappointment to us all. However, although our usual WG’s “rituals” have be disturbed, it does not mean we cannot “invent” new ones.

Therefore: We are thrilled to announce the beginning of The Ritual Year WG Seasonal Webinars! Organized at the initiative of the RY Board members and with the technical support of the Estonian Literary Museum and the Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies (Tartu), the webinars are planned to take place once every season.

The first webinar, Autumn 2020, is scheduled for 15 October 2020, 13.00-15.00 GMT.

The first of our series of e-meetings will be opened, symbolically, by our WG’s Founder and Honorary Chair, Emily Lyle. Her speech will be followed by one given by Mare Kõiva, our e-Host and Laurent S. Fournier, the WG’s Co-Chair. The meeting will be moderated by Irina Sedakova, our Chair and Mare Kõiva.

In order to join our webinar, please write to maris(AT)folklore.ee and announce your participation. The webinar is held via Microsoft Teams. You do not necessarily need to download it, but you do need an account. If you do not have one, please consider taking some time before the meeting to create it. The meeting will be recorded and made available on the SIEF's website afterwards.

Link to the event. The link will be activated half-an-hour before the event.

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Past events

Working Group conferences:

7-9 November 2018 | Thirteenth Conference of the Ritual Year SIEF Working Group “City Rituals”. Institute of Sociology, Romanian Academy. Bucharest, Romania.

8-12 January 2016 | Twelfth annual conference of the SIEF working group on the ritual year“Regulating customs”. Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen. Findhorn, Scotland, UK

4–7 June 2015 | Eleventh Annual Conference of the SIEF Working Group on the Ritual Year“Traditions and Transformation”. Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University. Kazan, Russia.

25-28 September 2014 | Tenth Annual Conference of the SIEF Working Group on the Ritual Year“Magic in Rituals and Rituals in Magic”. Institute for History and European Ethnology of the University of Innsbruck. Innsbruck, Austria.

14-16 March 2013 | Ninth International Conference of the SIEF Working Group on the Ritual Year “Politics, Feasts, Festivals”. Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Szeged, the Bálint Sándor Institute for the Study of Religion. Szeged, Hungary. Programme

26–29 June 2012 | Eighth International Conference of the SIEF Working Group on the Ritual Year “Migrations”. The Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) & Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv. Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

10–13 November 2011 | Seventh International Conference of the SIEF Working Group on the Ritual Year “Researchers, Performance, Researcher. Co-Designing Heritage, Co-Designing Performance”. Institute of Slovenian Ethnology SRC SASA Ljubljana, Slovenia. Programme

4–7 June 2010 | Sixth International Conference of the SIEF Working Group on the Ritual Year “The Inner and the Outer”, Estonian Literary Museum, Folklore Archive, Tallinn, Estonia.

2–6 July 2009 | Fifth International Conference of the SIEF Working Group on the Ritual Year “The Power of the Mask”, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania.

22–26 June 2008 | Fourth International Conference of the SIEF Working Group on the Ritual Year “Ritual Year and Gender”. Folklore and Ethnology Department, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.

25–29 May 2007 | Third International Conference of the SIEF Working Group on the Ritual Year “Ritual Year and History”. Narodni ustav lidove kultury, Strážnice, Czech Republic.

7–11 June 2006 | Second Conference of the SIEF Working Group on The Ritual Year “The Ritual Year and Ritual Diversity”. Institute for Dialectology, Onomastics and Folklore Research. Gothenburg, Sweden.

20–24 March 2005 | First International Conference of the SIEF Working Group on the Ritual Year in Association with the Department of Maltese University of Malta, Junior College Msida, Malta.

The inaugural meeting, Edinburgh 2004.


Panels at SIEF congresses:

Panel at SIEF2019 14th Congress, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 14-17 April 2019
Tracking the ritual year on the move in different cultural settings and systems of values; convenors Irina Sedakova and Laurent Fournier

The Ritual Year Working Group panels “Statics vs. Dynamics, Nature vs. Culture in the Dwelling-Connected Practices of the Ritual Year” and “Dwelling in the festive city” at the 13th Congress of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF) “Ways of Dwelling: Crisis – Craft – Creativity”. 26–30 March 2017. Göttingen, Germany.

The Ritual Year Working Group panels “The transformation of traditional rituals: imposed change or natural evolution?” and “Folk costume in the ritual year and beyond: heritage, identity marker & symbolic object” at the 12th Congress of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF) “Utopias, Realities, Heritages. Ethnographies for the 21st century”.  21-25 June 2015. Zagreb, Croatia.

The Ritual Year Working Group panel “Differentiation of the ritual year(s) through time and space: selectivity and its reasons” at the 11th Congress of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF) “Circulation”. 30 June - 4 July 2013. Tartu, Estonia.

The Ritual Year Working Group panels “Ritual places through the ritual year (1)” and “Ritual places through the ritual year (2)” at the 10the Congress of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF) “People Make Places – ways of feeling the world". 17-21 April 2011. Lisbon, Portugal.

The Ritual Year Working Group panel “The Ritual Year and Folk Religion” (1) and “The Ritual Year and Folk Religion” (2) and “Masks and Mumming in the Nordic Area” at the 9th Congress of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF) “Liberating the Ethnological Imagination”. 16-20 June 2008. Derry / Londonderry. UK.