SIEF is an international organization that facilitates and stimulates cooperation among scholars working within European Ethnology, Folklore Studies, Cultural Anthropology and adjoining fields. SIEF organizes large international congresses and smaller workshops. Read more about SIEF...

Twelve thematical Working Groups are active within SIEF which organize their own congresses and workshops.


SIEF Summer School, 24-30 July 2016

PedantCall for Applications
The SIEF Summer School 2016 will take place in Tuebingen in southwestern Germany. The theme is "Trusting Resistance. New Ethnographies of Social Movements and Alternative Economies”. Please find here the Call for Applications.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons: Pedant.


SIEF Ethnological sensations

PrimianoThe first two sensations of this new season feature Sanja Potkonjak (University of Zagreb, Croatia) and Leonard Primiano (Cabrini College, USA), as well as a Voudou Priestess, a perfumed chicken, and sincere condolences from an old woman in a village in the east of Croatia.


New SIEF Working on Group Migration and Mobility

Zagreb Congress SensationThe working group brings together scholars from the study of migration, mobility, movement and borders. Read more about the working group and view the call for papers for their first meeting.



Zagreb Congress Sensation

Zagreb Congress Sensation Let the sights and sounds in this short film carry you back to the 2015 congress in Zagreb and make you curious about the next SIEF congress in Göttingen in 2017



SIEF Newsletter Autumn 2015

SIEF News Read the new SIEF Newsletter now here



Welcome to Göttingen 2017

Ethnological Sensations 8 View here a short film advertising the next SIEF conference in Göttingen in 2017! The film was shown during the last conference in Zagreb when there were still 635 days to go...



Working groups Calls for papers

FoodThree of the working groups currently have calls out for upcoming events.

21st International Ethnological Food Research Conference of the SIEF Working Group Food Research: Places of Food Production. Origin, Identity, Imagination, 31 August - 3 September 2016, Heidelberg, Germany.

1st Migration and Mobiliy Working Group Meeting: Current Approaches to Migration and Mobility in Ethnology, Folklore and Anthropology, 11-13 September 2016, Basel, Switzerland.

12th International Conference of the Working Group Ethnology of Religion: Alternative and Religious Healing in the Modern World, 22-24 September 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands.



SIEF Prize 2017 Call for applications

In recognition of the important contribution of young scholars to the field and as a symbolic gesture to stimulate their research and participation in the society, SIEF offers a young scholar prize for the best ethnological research published in between its conferences. The winner of the next prize, in the amount of 500 Euro, will be presented at the SIEF meeting in 2017 in Göttingen (Germany). S/he will be invited to give a special prize lecture.

What? The prize is awarded for journal articles or book chapters based on original research and published in refereed publications in the three years preceding the next SIEF meeting. Thus the prize presented in 2017 will be awarded to a refereed article and chapter published in 2014, 2015, 2016. Works that are still in press will not be considered, but their authors are encouraged to submit them for the next prize once they are published.

Who? For the purposes of the prize, young scholars re defined as scholars who completed their PhD degree 4 calendar years or less before the publication date. Scholars who are not members of SIEF are welcome to join the society before submitting.

When? The call for applications is open until 1st October 2016.

How? The best research will be judged on the basis of originality, contribution to knowledge and overall scholarly quality. A committee from the board will read all submissions and select a winner.

Well? If you are unsure whether you or your submission are eligible, or if you have any other queries, please send an e-mail to sief(at)



Other news

New issue out now! Ethnologia Europaea. Journal of European Ethnology

EE latest45:2 Special issue: Rage, Anger and other Don'ts.
Special issue editor: Regina F. Bendix

Printed journal


In everyday life, emotions like rage, anger or frustration are not, generally, condoned. Indeed, a good part of the work of enculturation is devoted to managing social conduct so as to avoid or suppress emotions considered negative or unproductive. In the ethnographic literature, scrutiny of these kinds of emotional states and their expression is rare, not least because they reside somewhere between the individual and his or her cultural surrounds and are hard to pinpoint. The authors of the present issue - Rage, Anger and other Don'ts: Cultural Expression and Suppression of the Undesirable and Unbearable in Everyday Life - invite readers to explore practices and discourses within which these kinds of emotions or, more prominently, their disciplining can be grasped ethnologically. Alongside four scholarly articles, four essays encircle the theme in a more literary vein, albeit grounded in careful observation and recollection. The introduction and two final comments seek to frame topics ranging from road rage and the controlling of prisoners' anger to a menopausal kitchen outburst, and to point the way toward further possible research in this largely unexplored realm of culturally shaped practice.

Call for papers

Call for Articles for a special issue of Ethnologia Europaea (2017-2018)

Practices of resistance

In the European countries bordering the Mediterranean at present we observe not only the manifold effects of austerity policies but also significant political and social changes triggered by the (economic) crisis since 2008. In many of these countries, we can also perceive new forms of social practices of networking, leading to growing opposition and protest articulated by local communities or by social movements, which are based on common acts of solidarity, cooperation and the establishment of (close) relationships. 
In a special issue of Ethnologia Europaea planned for 2017–2018 the guest editors want to focus on these emerging collaborative (protest) practices in Mediterranean countries, which are related to or an effect of the current economic crisis. 
Building on the assumption that the Mediterranean can be understood as a common frame of reference for comparative research and analysis, contributors are invited to reflect on collaborative interactions as practices of resistance and social or political change within new protest groups, solidarity initiatives and cultural projects related to specific local conflicts arisen in wake of the crisis. Contributors may either present cases of newly emerging collaborative practices of resistance (including the use of digital media) in a Mediterranean country, or focus on more theoretical approaches regarding the implications of the above described developments. 

Please send your abstract (max. 500 words) and short biography no later than January 15th 2016 to the guest editors.

For more information see the full call (on SIEF website)


Call for Papers & Reviews for the Fall 2016 Volume of Cultural Analysis

Cultural analysis



Cultural Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Folklore and Popular Culture welcomes submissions and reviews for its Fall 2016 volume!

Cultural Analysis is an interdisciplinary, open access, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to investigating the everyday and expressive culture. We feature analytical research articles as well as notes, reviews, and cross-disciplinary responses. The journal is global in scope, with an international editorial board and formal partnership with SIEF. Cultural Analysis encourages submissions from a variety of theoretical standpoints and from different disciplines, including, but not limited to, anthropology, cultural studies, folklore, media studies, popular culture, psychology, and sociology. From 2016 on, there will be two volumes per year: a special issue, edited by guest editors, and a regular issue with mixed contributions. The Fall 2016 volume will be a mixed issue.

Authors are invited to submit research articles of approximately 20-30 pages in length (double-spaced), in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition (B). Please refer to our additional submission guidelines, including those for book and event reviews, on our website ( The deadline is 1 February 2016. Inquiries may contact