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International Society for Ethnology and Folklore
Internationale Gesellschaft für Ethnologie und Folklore
Société Internationale d´Ethnologie et de Folklore

SIEF2015 12th Congress
Zagreb, Croatia
21-25 June 2015

SIEF2015 Call for Papers opens

The Call for Papers has opened for SIEF2015 and will stay open until January 14th. This Call for Panels brought in the highest number of panel proposals for a SIEF congress yet: there were 121 panel/workshop proposals in total. 108 panels were accepted, of which 2 are poster sessions and 5 workshops.

In order to consolidate the strong thematic currents inspired by the congress theme, the Scientific Committee decided to divide the accepted panels into 18 topical streams. Please go to the Call for Papers page to read more and submit your paper proposal.


Micro-utopias: exploring connections in anthropology, relationality and creativity


Ruy Blanes (University of Bergen) email
Alex Flynn (Durham University) email
Jonas Leonhard Tinius (University of Cambridge and Universität zu Köln) email
Maïté Maskens (Université Libre de Bruxelles) email
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Short Abstract

In this panel we propose to discuss anthropological approaches – ethnographic or theoretical – to human interactions and processes of imagination and creativity, understood as “micro-utopias” following the work of Nicolas Bourriaud and others.

Long Abstract

In this panel we propose to discuss anthropological approaches – ethnographic or theoretical – to human interactions and processes of imagination and creativity. Inspired by the proposals set forth by Bourriaud (1998) concerning art as a product of a relational aesthetics that is a ‘micro-utopia’, a product of communitarian association (or antagonism – see Bishop 2004) working to change the present, we challenge our colleagues to use an understanding of social movement and organization as an art form whereby processes of interaction are understood as generative, transformational, poïetic micro-utopias. We thus propose to move beyond the concrete sphere of artistic production, seeing micro-utopias as part of our morphogenetic élan vital (Bergson 1907), the creativity and improvisation of our unscripted everyday lives (Hallam and Ingold 2008) that is however and necessarily framed as political act produced within historical context (Geuss 2009). Our goal is thus to engage with micro-utopias as ‘concrete utopias’ (McGuire 2011): examples – from artistic collaborations to architectural configurations, political localisms, economic partnerships, religious community makings, etc. – of relationalities and temporal redefinitions.

Discussant: Roger Sansi-Roca

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SIEF2015 12th Congress: Zagreb, Croatia. 21-25 June 2015

Call for papers, workshop contributions and posters

The call for papers is now open and closes at midnight on January 14th, 2015.

Before you propose a paper, a workshop contribution or a poster, please read the theme of the congress, the rulesbelow, and then browse the list of panels.

For SIEF2015, panels have been divided into thematic streams: Archives, Body/Embodiment, Digital/Virtual, Disciplinary discussions, Food, Gender and sexuality, Heritage, Home, Migration/Borders, Museums, Narrative, Politics and social movements, Religion, Rural, Socialist and post-socialist studies, Urban. The specific streams are complemented by a “General” stream that includes panels that did not directly fit into any of the thematic streams. Apart from the panels, there is also the Workshops and posters stream that includes the workshops ans poster sessions. When browsing through the list of panels, you can alternate between the All panels view that shows all the panels in one list, regardless of the stream and the All streams view that shows the list of streams.

Proposing a paper

Paper proposals must consist of:

  • a paper/contribution/poster title
  • the name/s and email address/es of author/s
  • a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters
  • a long abstract of fewer than 250 words

All proposals must be made via the online form, not by email. There is a ‘propose a paper’ link beneath the long abstract of each panel page, workshop page and the poster session page (in the case of poster sessions and workshops, the “paper” will mean a workshop contribution or a poster proposal). Go to the panel/workshop/poster session page you are interested in and then click on this proposal link to make your proposal directly to that panel/workshop.

On submission of the proposal, the proposing author (but not the co-authors) will receive an automated email confirming receipt. If you do not receive this email, please first check the Login environment – Cocoa (see toolbar above right) to see if your proposal is there. If it is, it simply means your confirmation email got spammed/lost; if it is not, you will need to re-submit, as for some reason the process was not completed. Co-authors cannot be added/removed nor can papers be withdrawn by the proposers themselves – for that, please email congress(at) .

Proposals will be marked as pending until the end of the Call for papers (14/01/2015). Convenors will then be asked to make their decisions over the papers proposed to their panel by 28th of January and to communicate those to the proposers, marking them up within the login environment (Cocoa). Papers which are neither accepted nor rejected, but marked for ‘transfer’, will then be considered by the Scientific Committee to see where else they might fit in the conference programme. There is no guarantee that such papers can be re-housed. We aim to resolve all transfers by the end of February.


Delegates may only make one presentation, although they may also convene one plenary session or panel; or be a discussant or chair in one plenary session or panel. Even though delegates may make multiple proposals, we discourage this practice as later you will be required to withdraw papers if you have multiple acceptances, inconveniencing those convenors.

Delegates are not obliged to become members of SIEF for 2015, however all are encouraged to support the Society in this way. There will be a financial incentive to do so, in that non-members will pay a higher registration fee.


Workshops are conceptualised as practical events, guided discussions and free-format exchanges leading to specific public outputs. They may include elements of performance, exhibition materials, or interactive media displays.

Poster sessions

The poster sessions are meant to provide everyone with the opportunity of presenting their work, without overburdening the program, and accommodate those who do not wish to present orally. Posters must confirm to the same basic requirements as outlined for the panel sessions. Sessions will run throughout the Congress, with dedicated slots when poster presenters will be available at their respective display to discuss their topic with the colleagues. Junior scholars are especially encouraged to participate with a poster presentation.

Useful information for later in this process

Editing your paper/workshop contribution/poster

Paper authors can use the login link in the toolbar above to edit their proposals.

Pre-circulation of papers

SIEF has no rule about this; however many convenors are keen to pre-circulate completed papers. To facilitate this and save on email traffic, if requested by convenors, authors can upload PDFs of their papers within the online system, which will then show as a downloadable file beneath their abstract on the public panel page on this site.

Timing of presentations

Each panel/workshop slot will be 90 minutes long, accommodating a maximum of 3 presenters; each panel/workshop may only extend over three slots, i.e. a maximum of 9 presenters and no longer than a day. Convenors should allot each presenter a maximum of 30 minutes (20 for presentation and 10 for questions/discussion).

We are unable to represent specific intra-panel timings in our programme. Delegates reading the conference book will have to work on the assumption that papers will be evenly distributed through the panel.

Communication between authors/convenors

Convenor/author email addresses are not shown on the panel pages for anti-spam reasons. However there is an in-built secure email messaging system. If you cannot work that, please email congress(at) to obtain relevant email addresses.

Any queries with the above please email congress(at)




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