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Seventh International Congress, International Society for Ethnology and Folklore
Budapest, April 2001

Times - Places - Passages
Ethnological Approaches in the New Millennium

Seventh International Congress of International Society for Ethnology and
Folklore (SIEF)

23.04.-29.04. 2001 in Budapest, Hungary


The International Society for Ethnology and Folklore holds its seventh
international congress in Budapest, Hungary between 23.04. and 29.04.
2001. It is the aim of this congress to provide a forum for ethnologists,
anthropologists, and folklorists as well as for historians and
sociologists who are working in ethnological perspectives. The Congress
will be supported by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and will be
organized by local Organizing Committee chaired by Prof. Dr. Attila
Paladi-Kovacs, Director of Ethnographic Institute of the Hungarian Academy
of Sciences. The official languages of the congress will be English,
French and German. 

Europe has changed dramatically since 1989, as has the globe. The year
2001 represents both the end of a millennium in which unparalleled
developments in human social organization have occurred, as well as the
beginning of a new millennium which will witness changes that we cannot
yet perceive. We are told that we have arrived at a moment that is not
only a fin de siecle, but also "the end of history", "the end of
modernity" and "the end of industrial society". But we are nevertheless
surrounded by renewed nationalism, primordialism, wars, violence, ethnic
tensions, poverty, unemployment, social polarization, new forms of
migration, and new symbolic and political forms of exclusion and
marginalization. The last millennium follows us into the next. 

This ethnological congress, held at the beginning of the new millennium,
will take its inaugural role seriously. It demands of us that we try to
imagine what it will portend for human society, and it will seek to assess
the historical moment of transition: where we have come from, where we are
now, and where we are going in the new era we are entering. Such a task
requires a critical and reflexive exploration of the theoretical and
methodological possibilities of ethnology, including the new politics of
ethnological knowledge making in a global world. 

Call for session topics

The congress consists of six major themes set up by the International
Programme Committee, of special sessions, and of round table sessions or
panels, which will complement the major themes. Major themes are: 

Time of ending: past, history, and memory
The ethnography of states: nation, transnationalism and globalization
Theories and politics of cultural identity: ethnicity, gender and milieux
Urban transformation and urban ethnography
Producing locality: strategies of culture and power
Production of ethnological knowledge: fieldwork, text, public folklore and

For the first stage we are asking for proposals for special sessions.
Please send your proposals and a one page description to the chair of the
International Programme Committee to the following address Prof. Dr.
Konrad Koestlin, Department of European Ethnology, University of Vienna,
Hanuschgasse 3. A-1010 Vienna, Austria before November 1st 1999. Final
Selection will be made by the International Programme Committee by end of
December 1999. After the selection of the sessions the International
Programme Committee and the Organizing Committee will publish a second
circular by end of January 2000 including the listed sessions and a call
for papers with detailed informations about registration procedures and

For further information see