11th International Congress of the SIEF at the University of Tartu from June 30 to July 4, 2013
From 30th June to 4th July 2013, University of Tartu hosted the 11th international Congress of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore, SIEF) dedicated to the theme of ‘Circulation’.
A productive concept and metaphor in contemporary humanities and social sciences, circulation describes the globalized and networked world of today, while harking back to ethnologists’ and folklorists’ historical interest in the transmission and diffusion of cultural forms and practices. Delegates took a broad and bold approach to the Congress theme, exploring the impacts of political and economic factors on cultural transmission, interrelationships between new media technologies, participation and collective creativity, issues and imaginations related to migration as well as questions concerning cultural property, heritage policy and other forms of cultural protection.
SIEF2013 brought to Tartu 430 presenters from 41 states in Africa, Asia, Europe, South- and North-America. Four Congress days included 63 thematic panels, several workshops and book launches as well as a film programme and displays by publishers in ethnology, folkoristics and anthropology. Moreover, there were seven keynote lectures in the Assembly Hall of the university delivered by Tine Damsholt (U. of Copenhagen), Michael Herzfeld (Harvard U.), Robert G. Howard (U. of Wisconsin), Kristin Kuutma (U. of Tartu), Joep Leerssen (U. of Amsterdam), Alessandro Portelli (Sapienza U. of Rome) ja Greg Urban (U. of Pennsylvania). Video recordings of the keynote lectures are available at the UTTV video server.
Founded in 1964, SIEF is one of the major organisations aimed at facilitating cooperation among scholars working within ethnology, folklore studies and adjoining fields. SIEF Congresses take place every couple of years with the meeting in Tartu being the first one held in the Baltics.
The meeting was organised by the University of Tartu Institute for Cultural Research and Fine Arts in collaboration with the Estonian National Museum, Estonian Literary Museum, The Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory, Tallinn University and Tartu Nefa Group.
The 11th international Congress of SIEF was made possible through the generous support of the University of Tartu Faculty of Philosophy Dean’s Office, European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (The Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory), Meertens Institute, Royal Gustavus Adolphus Academy for Swedish Folk Culture, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, and Embassy of the United States of America in Tallinn.
Congress website: http://www.siefhome.org/congresses/sief2013/index.shtml
Photos of the Congress can be found in UTTV photo gallery.
More information: Kristin Kuutma, Professor of Cultural Research, e-mail: kristin.kuutma [ät] ut.ee;
Elo-Hanna Seljamaa, Researcher of Estonian and Comparative Folklore, e-mail: elo-hanna.seljamaa [ät] ut.ee.