Agenda archive


2022 – October 6-7 Second Homes in the 21th century. Changing Images and Practices.
Working Group Space-lore and Place-lore. University of Szeged, Hungary.

2022 – September 29-30 Past Futures. Historical Approaches to the Analysis of Uncertainties and Ruptures. Conference organized by the Working Group on Historical Approaches in Cultural Analysis and the Department of History and European Ethnology of the University of Innsbruck. Innsbruck, Austria.

2022 – September 21-23 Food, people and the city. Comparative perspectives.
The 23rd SIEF International Ethnological Food Research Conference (Postponed conference).
MAS Museum Antwerp, Belgium.

2022 – September 15-17 Inégalités. Migrations, crise pandémique et nouvelles inégalités.
Proposition XXXIIIème Atelier du réseau Eurethno du Conseil de l’Europe, IIIème Conférence du Groupe de Travail Francophone de la SIEF.  University of Perugia, Italy.

2022 – July 26-29 17th EASA Biennial Conference: EASA2022: “Transformation, Hope and the Commons”.
School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland.

2022 – July 20-23 Interim Conference of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR) 2022.
University of Arts, London, UK.

2022 – June 28-July 3 4th SIEF Summer School, Warsaw.

2022 – June 14-16 RE:22 Nordic Ethnology and Folklore Conference. Reykjavik, Iceland.

2022 – June 1-4 14th Conference of the SIEF Ritual Year Working Group: “Commerce and Traditions”.
Riga, Latvia.

2022 – April 7-8 New Approaches to ‘Re-Enchanted’ Central and Eastern Europe.
International Conference of the Working Group on Ethnology of Religion.
Budapest, Hungary.

2022 – March 17-18 11th Ethnology Days and the 8th Finnish Conference on Cultural Policy Research.
University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

2021 – June  21-24 Breaking the rules? Power, participation and transgression. SIEF2021 15th Congress.
The congress will be fully on line. Helsinki, Finland.

2021 – June 7-18 The Violence of Traditions and the Traditions of Violence. 10th Folklore Fellows’ Summer School. University of Eastern Finland (UEF), Joensuu, Finland.
The nine keynotes are available as a webinar

2020 – November 15-17 Commerce and Traditions. 14th Conference of the SIEF Ritual Year Working Group. Riga, Latvia.

2020 – November 6 SIEF Working Group “Migration and Mobility”. Workshop Mobility and Covid 19: Methodological Effects, Cultural Expressions and Social Resignification.
Online 9.00-17.00 CET. Deadline call for papers and participation: October 29.

2020 – November 5-6 Conference: Rural & Small-Town Communities – Local Heritage & Identities in an Urbanising World. Södertörn University Stockholm, Sweden.

2020 – October 21-23 Conference of the Working Group on Archives.
Shifted to SIEF2021, conference changed into a panel.

2020 – October 15 SIEF Ritual Year Working Group Autumn Webinar: 13.00-15.00 GMT.

2020 – October 8-10 The participative village. Governing rural everyday worlds in times of the New Rural Paradigm. Conference of the Section “Cultural Analysis of the Rural” of the German Association of Cultural Anthropology and Folklore Studies (dgv).
Department of Archeology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Bonn, Germany.

2020 – October 8-9 SIEF Working group Museums & Material Culture (M&MC): Call for Papers: An ethnology lab on the workings of Covid-19 on museums. Amsterdam, The Netherlands or held as a digital conference.

2020 – September 23-25 Workshop “Folk Art in the 21st Century”. Split, Croatia.
Organised by SIEF and Lund University, Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences.

2020 – September 6-9 SIEF Working Group Ethnology of Religion 2020 Conference: Religion and Nature – Cultural Ecologies of Belief. Jerusalem, Israel.

2020 – June 25-July 3 Heritage, Tradition, Identity: A Case Study of the Palio di Siena, in collaboration with the University of Siena and the University of Perugia.

2020 – June 12-14 Imaginaries of Time, Times of the Imaginary: 2nd Conference of the SIEF Francophone Working Group. Lodz, Poland.

2020 – June 3-6 Commerce and Traditions: 14th Conference of the SIEF Ritual Year Working Group. Riga, Latvia.

2020 – April 24-26 Folklore, Learning and Literacies: the annual Conference of the Folklore Society. London, United Kingdom.

2020 – March 30-April 3 Heritages, spaces, borders: The spaces of real and imagined borders. Meeting of the SIEF WG Space-Lore and Place-Lore.
Organization: Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU), Institute of Slovenian Ethnology. Ljubljana, Slovenia.

2020 – March 24 Lecture ‘Omstreden fenomenen aan het firmament. Wonderlijke verschijningen en boodschappen van Maria e.a. in de huidige tijd’ by Peter Jan Margry, researcher at the Meertens Institute in Amsterdam. The lecture is about the explosively increased number of mentions of appearances and miracles within the Catholic Church since the Second World War.
The lecture will be in Dutch.

2019 – December 7-14 Representation of SIEF as Accredited Non-Governmental Organization at the 14th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, and at the ICH NGO Forum workshop and symposium. Bogota, Colombia.

2019 December 13-14 Conference “Playing and displaying: Practices of Cultural Heritage as Cultural Production”. Faculty of Design and Art, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. Bolzano, Italy.

2019 – October 16-19 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society.
Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Theme: ‘Community Driven’.

2019 – September 24 The Art of Modern Pilgrimage. Three researchers, namely Kholoud Al-Ajarma, Suzanne van der Beek and Peter Jan Margry try to explain this phenomenon in a short talk followed by a panel discussion.

time: 20.00-21.30 hours
where: Academiegebouw, Broerstraat 5, Groningen

2019 – September 17 Lecture on ‘Wederopbouwboerderijen’ by Sophie Elpers, ethnologist at the Meertens Institute in Amsterdam. In the Netherlands more than 9,000 farms were totally destroyed during the Second World War. The lecture deals with the major issues concerning the reconstruction process during and after the war.
The lecture will be in Dutch.

time: 19.45-21.30 hours
where: Grebbelinie Visitors Centre, Renswoude

2019 – April 14-17 Track Changes: Reflecting on a Transforming World – 14th international SIEF Congress. Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
For a first impression of Santiago de Compostela, watch the short film.
The call for papers will close on October 15, 2018.

2019 – February 13 Interview with Sophie Elpers about her book: ‘Wederopbouwboerderijen. Agrarisch erfgoed in de strijd over modernisering en traditie’.
In the Netherlands more than 9,000 farms were totally destroyed during the Second World War. The interview will deal with the major issues surrounding the reconstruction process.

The interview is in Dutch.
time: 20.00 hours
where: Historisch Café, Prinsengracht 96, Amsterdam

2018 – November 26-December 1 Representation of SIEF as Accredited Non-Governmental Organization at the thirteenth session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius.

2018 – November 7-10 Spaces and Places in Transition: Urban and Rural Transformations in Central and Eastern Europe. Conference of the SIEF Working Group  Space-lore and Place-lore. Prague, Czech Republic.

2018 – November 7-9 City Rituals. 13th conference of The Ritual Year Working Group. Hosted by the Romanian Academy. Bucharest, Romania.

2018 – November 4 Lecture on ‘Relict en Reliek: de fascinatie voor het residu’ by Peter Jan Margry, researcher at the Meertens Institute in Amsterdam. This lecture is about the fascination for relics, not only in the Roman Catholic Church but also in other religions and cultures.
The lecture is in Dutch.
time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
where: Museum Catharijneconvent, Lange Nieuwstraat 38, Utrecht
More information and registration: go to the website Museum Catharijneconvent.

2018 – October 17-20 No Illusions, No Exclusions. 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society. Buffalo, NY, USA.
Deadline call for papers: March 31, 2018

2018 – October 7-10 World. Knowledge. Design. 42nd Congress of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Volkskunde (dgv). Hamburg, Germany.

2018 – September 27-28 Remittances as Social Practice. SIEF Migration and Mobility Working Group Conference. University of Innsbruck, Austria.

2018 – September 26-29 Tradition and Nutritional Science in the Modern Food Chain. The 22nd conference of the SIEF ethnological Food Working Group.
Kalamata (Peloponnese), Greece.

2018 – September 20-23 Religion and Politics – Conflict and Peace.13th International Conference of the SIEF Ethnology of Religion Working Group. Siena, Italy.

2018 – September 14-16 Du terrain à l’archive : les archives de folklore et d’ethnologie en tant que pôles de recherche, d’éducation et de culture. 1st Conference of the SIEF Francophone Working Group. Athens (Hellenic Folklore Research Centre), Greece.

2018 – August 29-31 Historical Approaches in Contemporary Research Field: Making Connections. Meeting of the SIEF working group of historical approaches in cultural analysis. Tartu, Estonia.

2018 – August 14-17 EASA2018: EASA biennial conference. Stockholm, Sweden.

2018 – June 21-22 ‘Why identities…..?’ Relevance and limitations of a contested notion. 8th Cultural Geography, Anthropology, and Cultural Studies International Conference in Occitanie. Nîmes University (South of France).

2018 – June 12-16 ISFNR interim conference. Ragusa, Italy.

2018 – June 12-15 What Matters – Accounting for Culture in a Post Factual World.
34th Nordic Ethnology and Folklore Conference. Uppsala, Sweden.

2018 – June 5-9 Perspectives on Contemporary Legend. International Society for Contemporary Legend Research 36th International Conference. Brussels, Belgium.

2018 – February 7-9 International conference: ‘Urban cultures, Superdiversity and Intangible Heritage’.
Location: Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

2017 – November 21-24 Monuments and Memorial Sites in Changing Social-Political Contexts. Organized by SIEF Working Group Space-lore and Place-lore.
University of Szeged, Hungary.

2017 – September 20-23  Wirtschaften. Kulturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven.
The 41st Deutschen Gesellschaft für Volkskunde (dgv) Congress. Marburg, Germany

2017 – April 5 and April 7  Lectures on ‘Het Mirakel van Amsterdam’ (The Miracle of Amsterdam) by Peter Jan Margry, researcher at the Meertens Institute in Amsterdam.
Both lectures are in Dutch.
April 5: – organized by the Center for Mediaval and Renaissance Studies Amsterdam
– time: 4:00 p.m.
– where: VOC-room, Oost-Indisch Huis, Kloveniersburgwal 48 Amsterdam

April 7: – time: 5:00 p.m.
– where: Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 38 Amsterdam. Reservations required by

2017 – March 26 Coming of Age: Young Scholars in the Field of Folkloristics, Ethnology and Anthropology. The First International Conference of the SIEF Young Scholars Working Group. Göttingen, Germany

2017 – March 26-30 Ways of Dwelling, Crisis – Craft – Creativity. SIEF2017: 13th SIEF Congress. Göttingen, Germany

2016 – November 10-11
 The Secular Sacred. Emotions of Belonging and the Perils of Nation and Religion in Europe. Organized by prof.dr. Herman Roodenburg. Symposium, Amsterdam

16 October 2015 
Oration Hester Dibbits, professor Historical Culture & Education.

Hester Dibbits

Prof. dr. Hester Dibbits will deliver her inaugural oration ‘Sharing the Past. Heritage and Education in the 21st Century’ on Friday October 16 2015. Professor Dibbits is endowed professor of Historical Culture and Education at the Center for Historical Culture. Dibbits also teaches at the Reinwardt Academie in Amsterdam. She has worked at the Meertens Institute for many years.
Location: Aula, Campus Woudestein
Date: October 16, 2015
Time: 15h45

23 September 2015
Lecture on ‘The Flying Dutchman; from demon to hero, from ghost to substance’.
Lecture by dr. Agnes Andeweg (University of Maastricht and University College Utrecht); the lecture will be held in Dutch.

De Vliegende Hollander en Terneuzen

4-7 June 2015 The Ritual Year 2015: Traditions and Transformation: The 11th Annual International Conference Of The SIEF Working Group On The Ritual: Kazan, Russia.
The  conference aims at considering the following questions:  the ethnicity of a holiday,  festival as a intercultural phenomenon, self-identification in a festival, The Ritual Year: traditions and novelties in academic investigation,  collective and personal aspects of a holiday as well as  the festive and everyday spheres.

20-25 June 2015 
12th International SIEF Congress: Zagreb (Croatia)
Utopias, Realities, Heritages. Ethnography for the 21st Century.
The congress offers a critical platform for debating contem‐ porary and historical imaginaries of utopias, realities, and heritages. Participants are encouraged to frame the best writing help debate with keywords from ethnological and folkloristic inquiry, such as circulation, performance, community, genre, visual culture, material culture, digital culture, migration, home, memory, morality, gender, religiosity, discipline, hegemony, governmentality, ethnicity, corporeality, and so on and so forth.

17-19 April 2015
Folklore: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: The Folklore Society’s AGM Conference, Sheffield.
The conference seeks to create an international discussion on the history of Folklore, theoretical and methodological problems, popular and scholarly understanding of Folklore, the future and possible development of the Folklore research and many other questions raised within Folklore studies.

24-25 March 2015
International Symposium: Nationalizing Europe? European Integration and the Politics of Cultural Heritage, University of Amsterdam.
The session will focus on an application for European Union’s new Horizon 2020 research framework related to the ACEE ‘Dutchness’ project.

12 September 2014 
Symposium ‘Out of the Box!’ in Amsterdam.
In special celebration of its 50th anniversary, SIEF will hold a jubilee symposium in Amsterdam. All interested are invited to join us in Amsterdam on Friday, September 12, for a celebration of 50 years of collaboration, dialogue, and critical debate in ethnology and folklore. Reflecting on the shape of the field(s) and society, their past, present, and future, the illustrious line-up of speakers at the jubilee symposium includes two of SIEF’s ex-presidents, SIEF’s official historian and special invited guests.

Those who would like to participate in the Symposium should register at

September 2014 
Postdoctoral Fellow from Vilnius.
Dr. Aušra Kairaitytė, form the Lithuanian Institute of History in Vilnius, will be visiting ACEE during the month September 2014. She will do research on Contemporary Religiosity, especially the Cult of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saints.