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International Society for Ethnology and Folklore 2019 Congress


Publisher’s note in English, Spanish and Galician: A cordial greeting to the participants at this conference. Let us know if there are ways that remote participants can follow the conversations and track the changes of a transforming world with you. = Un cordial saúdo aos participantes nesta conferencia. = Un saludo cordial a los participantes en esta conferencia. Háganos saber si hay formas en que los participantes remotos pueden seguir las conversaciones y hacer un seguimiento de los cambios de un mundo en transformación con usted. = Déixenos saber se hai formas nas que os participantes remotos poden seguir as conversas e seguir os cambios dun mundo transformador contigo.

The International Society for Ethnology and Folklore Congress takes place April 14-17 in Santiago de Compostela, the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia in northwestern Spain and the destination of the Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James), one of the most important pilgrimage routes from medieval times. Hashtag: #sief2019

SIEF: “There could be no better place than Santiago de Compostela to host a conference for those well versed in the science and art of observing and analysing human tracks – ethnologists, folklorists, anthropologists and other trackers of culture. The congress’ theme Track Changes: Reflecting on a Transforming World draws upon both the ethnological explorations of human life and its continual change as well as the transforming, yet constant, Camino.”

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2019 Congress


  • Does the congress have a hashtag? (Yes, #sief2019)
  • Is there a directory of participants? Bonus points for online links to websites, blogs and Twitter accounts.
  • Will there be livestreaming and/or recorded video from the conference?
  • Are any of the participants writing, blogging, or tweeting from the event?
  • Are any of the presentations focused on Indigenous languages in this International Year of Indigenous Languages?
  • What would locals like visitors to know about Santiago de Compostela?

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About SIEF
The International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF) is a pluridisciplinary organization centered in the twin fields of ethnology and folklore in their various denominations, within the larger family of anthropological and cultural-historical disciplines. Like the fields it represents, SIEF is eclectic and open-minded, promiscuous in its disciplinary relations while keeping faith with its founding values and vision. Global in its origins, today SIEF operates within an institutional context that is concentrated in but not limited to Europe.

The principal mission is to gather scholars from its fields; to provide platforms for critical debate, networking, and exchange; to build infrastructures for intellectual cooperation; to publish and promote excellent scholarship; and to move forward the fields that it represents. SIEF facilitates scholarly exchange in the community of ethnology, folklore and neighboring disciplines, respecting the richness of diverse academic traditions, promoting dialogue and encouraging development. It also serves as a forum for different professional worlds, bringing together researchers, teachers, students, archivists, as well as museum and heritage professionals. Moreover, SIEF takes an active role in a larger community of scholarly societies.

Tracking changes in the city through food and the senses, April 16, 9am

A taste for tapatio things: a changing city, a changing palateMelissa Biggs
This paper combines ongoing ethnographic fieldwork in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and interviews with residents to examine the idea of palate particular to the city. As Guadalajara grows, and food choices change, what happens to the flavors unique to the city?

AcademicsAnthropology – Digital – Embodied Knowledge – Ethnology – Free – Intangible Cultural Heritage – Materiality – Memory – Mercado de Abastos de Santiago – Museums – Narrative – Open Access – Palate – Pilgrimage – Place – Precarity – Research – Slow – Space – Track – TransformWorld HeritageWorld Heritage Cities in Spain

Elsewhere on the Web
#SIEF2019 on Instagram

Ethnologia Europaea. Journal of European Ethnology. This first “golden” open-access issue of Ethnologia Europaea with our new publisher, the Open Library of Humanities, showcases the broad range of research questions and methods in the fields which form the disciplinary context of our journal. Beginning with the introduction of a new theoretical approach to researching digital emotion practices (Christoph Bareither), the issue also includes an ethnography of migrant activism (Martin Bak Jørgensen) as well as an experiential museum highlighting issues of banal sustainability (Lars Kaijser). In a combination of discourse analysis and interview methods, another article explores (and explodes) myths around children born via in vitro fertilization in Poland (Ewa Maciejewska-Mroczek). Finally, the historical dimension of our fields is included in articles on archive practices (Kati Mikkola, Pia Olsson and Eija Stark) and memory studies (Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto and Oula Seitsonen) related to minority cultures in Finland.

Cultural Analysis is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to investigating expressive and everyday culture. The journal features analytical research articles, but also includes notes, reviews, and cross-disciplinary responses.


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