SEA News: Conference and Emergency Fund

Dear SEA Members and Friends
I hope this message finds you all healthy and well in this extraordinarily strange time! Despite the need for social distancing, and the regrettable cancellation of the spring meeting, the SEA board and 2020 program chairs have been hard at work planning for the future. I have a few updates for the membership:

2020 VIRTUAL MEETING “Economies of Convenience”
– Our 2020 Spring Meeting Program Chair, Rahul Oka, has been working hard to set up a virtual meeting which will take place April 30 (10:30 – 5:00 EDT) and May 1 (10:30 – 5:00 EDT). The lineup of speakers looks absolutely wonderful! Please mark your calendars and join us for as much of the conference as you can, from the comfort of your home, with a simple click of an email link! All SEA members are welcome and encouraged to attend and, as always, to provide useful feedback to our presenters. All participants must register, but it is FREE! The program and more information about how to register will arrive in your in-boxes early next week.

AAA EMERGENCY FUND
The AAA Executive Committee has authorized a very generous budget for an emergency grant program. Sections (including the SEA) are also contributing to match these funds. While the details are still emerging, it sounds like all AAA members who do not get full-time university benefits, are no longer supported by university funds or who derive at least 50% of their income from self-employment (consulting, etc) are eligible to apply. More information will be forthcoming from AAA but I wanted those in need to be aware that the deadline is currently planned for MAY 15. Please keep an eye out from the AAA.

2020 AAA MEETING
At the moment the 2020 AAA meeting is still on and deadlines for panels, roundtables, posters and individually volunteered papers have all been extended. We invite you all to submit your papers to SEA for consideration. Our 2020 Program Chair AJ Faas looks forward to your submissions.

ANTHROPOLOGY NEWS
I’m sure many of you have seen the excellent article in the most recent issue of Anthropology News. SEA got the “headline” with Ieva Snikersproge’s excellent article Capitalism and the Coronavirus Conspiracy. Please check it out. Big thanks to Walt Little for doing such a stellar job as our AN editor. Please note that Walt plans to turn over the reigns in November and we are still looking for a replacement. If you are interested, please let me know.

I think that’s it for now. The SEA board wishes you all safety, good health, and comfort in these strange times!

My best –
Cindy Isenhour, SEA President

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