World organisation of ethnologists and folklorists to meet in Tartu
From 1st June to 4th July 2013, University of Tartu will host the 11th international Congress of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore, SIEF). The meeting is organised by 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. 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.
SIEF2013 will bring to Tartu 430 presenters from 41 states in Europe, South- and North-America, Asia and Africa. Four Congress days include 63 thematic panels, several workshops and book launches as well as a film programme and displays by publishers in ethnology, folkoristics and anthropology. There will be seven keynote lecutres 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).
Congress theme examines the stakes and implications of circulation and its semantic siblings – flow, exchange, travel, and mobility. 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 take 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.
The 11th international Congress of SIEF is made possible through the generous support of the University of Tartu Institute for Cultural Research and Fine Arts, Faculty of Philosophy Dean’s Office, European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (The Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory), Meertens Institute (Amsterdam), 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
For further information, please contact kristin.kuutma [ät] ut.ee, +372 55589081;
Elo-Hanna Seljamaa elo-hanna.seljamaa [ät] ut.ee, +372 53803961.