Swiss Society for Folklore Studies SSFS/SGV

The Swiss Society for Folklore Studies (SSFS) was founded in 1896 and is open to all interested parties. It aims to research and document Swiss everyday culture both in its historical and modern-day forms.

The SSFS publishes journals and books. It conducts its own research projects, produces films, and organises conferences and excursions. Its local branches in Zurich and Basel organise a semi-annual programme of presentations and excursions.

Historically, the SSFS was the privately organised precursor and pioneer of both European anthropology and cultural studies university institutes in Switzerland (Institute for Cultural Studies and European Anthropology at the University of Basel and the Institute of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies – Popular Cultures at the University of Zurich. Today it functions as a national professional association for researchers in Folklore Studies.