Annual Meeting registration is now open!

Economic Anthropologists:

I am pleased to inform you that you may now register and submit abstracts for the Society for Economic Anthropology’s 2020 Spring Meeting on the theme of Convenience, at Notre Dame U. Apr 30 – May 2, organized by Rahul Oka, Samantha Zepponi, and Reiti Gengo. Yay!

The registration and abstract submission deadline is 15 Jan 2020, with acceptances sent by 30 Jan (the date may be wrong on the AAA website– we’re fixing this).

We’re trying out some newly invented traditions for this year’s meeting.

  • We have rescheduled the poster session to immediately after the lunch break on the Friday of the Meeting. We have found in recent years that the traditional poster time, Friday night, did not lend itself to the level of intellectual stimulation and engagement we strive for; we’re often too tired to talk much shop by the end of a long day of talking shop!
  • You’ll see that the student registration fee is way cheaper now ($40!) and the professional member rate is a bit more than previously ($120). And you’ll notice that there is no separate fee for the banquet. This year’s banquet is on the (Notre Dame) house. We continue contemplating how to make the banquet tradition as financially accessible as possible to all members. (Your registration actually comes with three meals: lunch Friday, lunch Saturday, and dinner Saturday– a bargain!).
  • As we did last year, some of the most outstanding abstracts submitted by students (presentation or poster) will be rewarded with refunded registration and given travel funds (we anticipate $200 each). Currently we anticipate three such awards.

For more information about registration, go to the 2020 Annual Meeting page.

To submit an abstract:

Please send your: a) paper/poster details; and b) proof of SEA conference registration (pdf of confirmation/receipt) by email to Rahul Oka by January 15, 2020. The submission details should include:

  1. Title;
  2. Author name/s, affiliation/s and contact information;
  3. Abstract/precis of up to 500 words that includes information on research data/methodology.

Please indicate your preference for oral or poster presentation. Papers delivered at the plenary sessions should be on the conference theme. Posters can be on any topic within economic anthropology. Also please indicate on the abstract document whether, if your submission is not selected for oral paper presentation, you would be willing to do a poster. The deadline for paper/poster abstract submission is 5:00 pm, EST, January 15th, 2020. You will be notified by January 31st on the final decision regarding your submission.”

–Bram Tucker (your president)

Announcements from the SEA president

Hello Economic Anthropologists!

So much awesome SEA stuff to tell you about.

First— for grad students and mentors— please note that this year’s Halperin Predissertation Award and the M. Estellie Smith Dissertation Award have been announced! The due date for both applications is 20 Dec 2019. The Halerperin Award provides $1500 plus $500 travel funds to present your results at an SEA meeting. The M. Estellie Smith Award provides $2000 plus $500 travel funds to present your results at an SEA meeting.

Second — for grad students — if you are going to AAAs in Vancouver, consider attending the Navigating the Academic Job Market Panel Discussion, Thursday, 21 Nov 2019, Vancouver Convention Centre East, Room 12. Free food!

Third — Lots of cool SEA things planned for AAAs in Vancouver. SEA is sponsoring or cosponsoring 18 different sessions, about everything from property to household debt to the World Bank, entrepreneurship, the Art market, disasters, sharing, climate change, and cashlessness. Consider attending the Business Meeting, Friday, 22 Nov 2019, at 12:15pm, in the Convention Centre West room 121; and the SEA Reception, Friday, 22 Nov 2019, at 8:00pm, in the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel, Oceanview 2.

Fourth — mark your calendars, the Spring SEA meeting, theme: Convenience, will be at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, April 30 – May 2. Look for a call for papers in November. Thanks to Rahul Oka, Sammantha Zepponi, and Rieti Gengo.

Fifth — our heroic webmaster, Dawn Rivers, has rebuilt the SEA Website anew. Check it out! Let us know if you see any missing content, and let us know what you would like to see on the site. Dawn is trying to rebuild a former feature of the site: downloadable Economic Anthropology course syllabi.

There is more, but that’ll do for now!


Bram Tucker
President, Society for Economic Anthropology