Folklore, Ethnology and Beyond, from the 14th SIEF Congress in Santiago de Compostela


  • Alexander Novik
  • Irina Sedakova


ethnology, folklore, pilgrimage, post-socialist studies, ritual year, SIEF


The article focuses on the main trends in development of ethnology, folklore and cultural anthropology as represented at the 14th congress of International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF). The Congress’
main theme Track Changes: Reflecting on a Transforming World attracted scholars of many adjacent disciplines like sociology, history, economics and politics. The modern turn from rural studies and folklore genres  towards gender, body, migration, identity investigations is typical to most scholars all over the world. Still, the traditional culture, its structure and language serve as the grounding for the newly appearing rituals and texts, they are in the core of the fundamental research. The Congress exhibited various forms of academic activity, such as key lectures, presentations in thematic panels or round tables, video-club, meetings of the working groups and prize awards. Young scholars are very welcome at this event where they can learn methodology and history of the fields, take part in the competitions, present their own research.