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SIEF Jubilee Symposium and Extraordinary General Assembly
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When: 9/12/2014
1:00 PM
Where: University of Amsterdam, Special Collections/Bijzondere Collecties
Oude Turfmarkt 129

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SIEF's fiftieth birthday will be celebrated with a special Jubilee Symposium and an Extraordinary General Assembly in Amsterdam. The event celebrates half a century of collaboration, dialogue, and critical debate in ethnology and folklore. The assembly and the symposium will take place in the afternoon of September 12, from 13-18 in the Special Collections (Bijzondere Collecties) of the University of Amsterdam, (address: Oude Turfmarkt 129, next to the Allard Pierson Museum).

The illustrious line-up of speakers for the Jubilee Symposium includes two of SIEF's ex-presidents (Regina Bendix and Konrad Köstlin), SIEF's official historian (Bjarne Rogan) and two special invited guests (Jasna Čapo and Orvar Löfgren). They have all been asked to speak "out of the box," and will move from a reflection on anniversaries and the history of the discipline to new perspectives on everyday life and meditations on the future of the field.

The Extraordinary General Assembly begins at 13:00 and is scheduled to last for half an hour, after which the symposium begins. Looking forward to the next fifty years in the life of our society, the board will propose to move SIEF into an age of digital democracy, in which future general assemblies need not be limited to physical meetings of whatever part of the membership happens to be present at a particular congress but can also take place between congresses by means of online voting, where all SIEF members have the opportunity to take part. You will find the text of the proposal enclosed, along with the full agenda for the Extraordinary General Assembly.

There is no fee for participation and everyone is most welcome. However, due to other congresses taking place in Amsterdam that week, the availability of hotel rooms is limited and so early booking is advisable. In addition to conventional hotels and B&Bs, congress participants might also wish to check availability on and comparable websites.

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