SIEF Workshop

The ‘Dark Histories’ of European Ethnologies and Folklore Studies, 22 September 2023, 09:30-13:00 (online)



SIEF Workshop

The ‘Dark Histories’ of European Ethnologies and Folklore Studies

22 September 2023, 09:30-13:00 (online)

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Organising Team: Čarna Brković, Dani Schrire (SIEF board members, DEI  taskforce), Konrad Kuhn (SIEF-Working Group Historical Approaches in  Cultural Analysis), Hanna Snellmann (former SIEF board member) and  Marie Sandberg (SIEF president, DEI taskforce).



All times according to CEST/Amsterdam timezone

Welcome by Marie Sandberg
Opening Impulses: Hande Birkalan-Gedik (Goethe University Frankfurt)
Chair: Hanna Snellman

10:00-11:10 Paper Session I (chair Dani Schrire)

10:00-10:15 Thomas DuBois (University of Wisconsin) Taking Native Sovereignty Seriously: Notes toward an Ethics of Practice

10:15-10:30 Adrian Marsh (Romany-Traveller researcher/consultant) and Carol Silverman (University of Oregon) Roma and ‘Dark Histories’ of European Ethnologies and Folklore Studies

10:30-10:45 Coppelie Cocq (Umeå University) From Lappology to Sámi Studies. Shifts in positionality, responsibility and ownership in Indigenous research

10:45-11:10 Discussion

11:10-11:25 break

Paper Session II (chair Čarna Brković)

11:25-11:40 Ljiljana Pantović (IFDT Belgrade) Medicine, Eugenics and Nation building in the writing of Batut

11:40-11:55 Rozafa Berisha (University of Prishtina) Negotiations of “authenticity” in the margins of Balkans’ ethnology: Internalised orientalism?

11:55-12:10 Sanna Kähkönen (University of Helsinki) White, grey, black? Ethnologists and propaganda in Finland 1941–1944

12:10-12:35 Discussion

12:35-13:00 Closing discussion, concluding remarks and future plans (chair Konrad Kuhn)


More details

SIEF task force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in European Ethnology and Folklore Studies (DEI)