International Society for Ethnology and Folklore


Contact: +31 204 628 500
Postal address: P/A Meertens Institute Oudezijds Achterburgwal 185 1012 DK Amsterdam
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URL: https://www.siefhome.org

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The voices of communities are heard, honoured and integral to evolving safeguarding processes. Ensure that heritage professionals and scholars are respectful of, collaborate with, and are responsive to communities.

Facilitate cooperation, convene and produce publications relating to heritage practices and issues from the perspectives of the disciplines of ethnology and folklore.

Year of creation: 1964

Safeguarding measures:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- preservation, protection
- promotion, enhancement
- transmission, (non-)formal education
- revitalization

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A biennial Congress is attended by over 900 people. Working groups in archives, heritage and cultural property and other ICH related areas hold biennial convenings. Members publish extensively about a variety of heritage topics, provide policy advice to governments, engage in safeguarding, manage archives and train post-secondary students in
courses dealing with heritage issues and practices. A statement on data management in ethnology and folklore provides ethical standards for the storage and sharing of research materials. See also the position paper, “SIEF and UNESCO: Making a Difference” https://www.siefhome.