SEA News!

Dear SEA Members –
Here is some recent news from the society. Please pardon the bullets, I’m trying to keep it short and sweet for your reading expediency!

SEA 2020 Spring Meeting
– Rahul Oka (2020 Program Chair) is working on a very exciting program for this year’s meeting at Notre Dame. Please register to come learn and think with us about convenience!

AAA 2020
Abstract submission for AAA2020 in St. Louis is open! Please submit your panel and paper ideas to SEA for review. The deadline is April 8th.
Section Guest Registration Waivers: SEA can nominate a non-AAA member (usually an international scholar, non-anthropologist or local community member) for a registration and membership waiver for the annual meeting. If anyone is organizing a panel that includes one of these folks and is interested in applying for a guest registration waiver, please contact me as soon as you can. I need to submit our section’s nomination by March 16.
Community Engagement Grants: AAA provides small grants to sections interested in organizing community engagement events during the AAA annual meetings. If anyone has any ideas for how we might engage local groups in St. Louis, please do let me know!

Newsletter Editor – Our wonderful Newsletter Editor, Walter Little, will be stepping down in November. We are still looking for someone to replace him. Please let me know if you are interested!

Student Awards:
– A BIG congratulations to this year’s M. Estellie Smith Memorial Fund Winner: Fern Thompsett (Columbia University) “The Anti-Civilization Movement in the U.S. Pacific Northwest: Building Worlds Beyond Civilization, Towards Sustainability”
– Also BIG congratulations to this year’s Halperin Memorial Fund winners: Esra Padgett, The City University of New York, “Technologies of Transaction: Possibilities and Limitations of Cryptocurrency in the US Adult Industry”; AND Rachael Stephens, University of Pennsylvania “Valuating real estate equity and valuing social equality: property valuation and school finance inequality in Greater Hartford, Connecticut”
– The call for submissions for the Schneider Paper Prizes will be announced shortly! Keep an eye out!

That’s it for now!

Cindy Isenhour
President, Society for Economic Anthropology

Latest Issue of Economic Anthropology is Now Available!

Check out the latest issue of Economic Anthropology, Volume 7, Issue 1 (January 2020) now fully available and accessible online!

This most recent open issue brings together a diverse selection of authors and research contributions from around the world—China, Palau, Micronesia, Norway, Uganda, South Africa, the Philippines, India, Madagascar, and the United States. The research articles published in this issue take on the emergence of financial technologies (Fitzpatrick and McKeon), shifting water narratives (Tucker), navigating agricultural standards (Flachs and Panuganti), entrepreneurship and possibility (Milgram, Beresford, Steiner), gendered consumption (Dolan et al.), economic imaginaries through real estate investment (Youngling), welfare and work (McKowen), and the sharing economy (Frost). Our authors clearly advance discourses and empirics of consequence to those interested in economic anthropology. The authors address capitalist and noncapitalist economic formations as they create relations that innovate, invigorate, and integrate people, their values, their livelihoods, and their well-being.

The Symposium section asks Laura Nader, Gearoid Millar, Cynthia Mahmood, Mark Moberg, and Erik Bähre, What does economic anthropology contribute to the understanding of the economics of peace and conflict? Their responses consider economics and war (Nader), hidden interactions (Millar), corruption and resistance (Mahmood), militarism (Moberg), and solidarity (Bähre). This set of essays elevates the discussion around the importance of socioeconomics in contemplating conflict, as well as its escalation, resolution, and transformation.​

Be sure to download, share, and cite your favorite contributions from this issue. EA looks forward to publishing your socioeconomic work next! Submissions are now being accepted through January 20, 2020 for the January 2021 open issue! Visit EA’s website through AnthroSource to browse our content, read our virtual issues, recommend EA to a librarian, and sign up to get content alerts. Finally, join the Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) this spring (April 30–May 2, 2020) at the University of Notre Dame, where the conference theme will be “Convenience.”​

Brandon Lundy, Ph.D.
Editor, Economic Anthropology
Associate Director / Professor of Anthropology
School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding & Development
Kennesaw State University