Yearly Archives: 2019

A Reason to Celebrate — SEA turns 40!

Dear SEA Members and Friends!

I am honored to introduce myself as the new SEA President. Thank you for the opportunity to lead the organization, which will be 40 YEARS OLD IN THE NEW YEAR! We have very good reason to celebrate at our spring meeting!

This year’s conference will be held April 30 – May 2, hosted by Rahul Oka at The University of Notre Dame. The theme is “Convenience” —and we sure hope it will be convenient for you to join us! The submission deadline is Jan. 15th, with notification by Jan 30th. For more information please visit our 2020 Spring Meeting page. Please note that the board prioritizes affordability. We worked hard to keep registration rates low and have approved three travel awards to help defer costs for students and/or un- or under-employed faculty with excellent abstracts.

Please also allow me to take a moment to thank all those of you who have served SEA over the years, helping to create such a strong, vibrant, engaging and friendly community. I’d also like to extend thanks to everyone currently involved in leading the organization, and to warmly invite others to join us.

BIG, BIG THANKS to our current leadership!!!!
Board Members: NORA HAENN (President Elect); BRAM TUCKER (Past President); RICHARD WALLACE (Treasurer); JOHN MILLHAUSER (Secretary); MAIA GREENE; RAJA SWAMY; LAURA TILGHMAN; EMMA MCDONELL, JOANNE BARON, MELISSA BERESFORD & LAURA COCHRANE

The SEA Book Prize Chair and Social Media Coordinator: JOHN MILLHAUSER;
M. Estellie Smith Award Chair: DAN MURPHY;
The Rhoda Halperin Memorial Award Chair: LAURA TILGHMAN;
The Harold K. Schneider Paper Prize Chair: LEILA RODRIGUEZ;
AAA Program Chair: AJ FAAS;
SEA 2020 Spring Meeting Program Chair: RAHUL OKA;
Anthropology News Editor: WALTER LITTLE;
Economic Anthropology Editor & List-serve Moderator: BRANDON LUNDY;
SEA Webmaster: DAWN RIVERS

We have several opportunities for others to get involved!
If you are interested in running for a board position, please do let us know as we have an election coming up. We are also looking for someone interested in serving as the Chair of the Schneider Paper Prize, as Leila is stepping down after several years of service (THANK YOU SO MUCH LEILA!). Walt Little also plans to step down as the Anthropology News Editor in November. He will be a tough act to follow, that is for sure (THANK YOU WALT), but we feel sure one of our members is up to the challenge! If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please send a quick email to cynthia.isenhour@maine.edu.

Please keep an eye out for another wonderful issue of Economic Anthropology, coming in January! This open issue includes an excellent symposium discussion prompted by the question: “What does economic anthropology contribute to the understanding of the economics of peace and conflict?” Our contributors include Laura Nader, Gearoid Millar, Cynthia Mahmood, Mark Moberg, and Erik Bähre! Please be sure to download it, cite it and share it! Also please note that Economic Anthropology is currently soliciting submissions for the January 2021 open issue. The deadline is January 20, 2020.

The SEA leadership wishes you a wonderful holiday season and a very happy and healthy new year!

Cindy Isenhour
SEA President 2019 – 2021

SEA 2020 Book Prize nominations are open!

Hi SEA-ers,

I am pleased to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the 2020 SEA Book Prize. The SEA Book Prize Committee looks for the best book in economic anthropology published over the last 3 years. Previous winners of the Society for Economic Anthropology’s book prize are:

2003 Salaula: The World of Secondhand Clothing and Zambia by Karen Tranberg-Hansen
2005 Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World by Ted Bestor
2008 Global Outlaws: Crime, money and power in the Contemporary World by Carolyn Nordstrom AND Home Cooking in the Global Village: Caribbean Food from Buccaneers to Ecotourists by Richard Wilk
2011 Coffee and Community: Maya Farmers and Fair Trade Markets by Sarah Lyons
2014 The Darjeeling Distinction: Labor and Justice on Fair-Trade Tea Plantations in India by Sarah Besky
2017 Money from Nothing: Indebtedness and Aspiration in South Africa by Deborah James

The book prize includes a $500 award. It will be presented at the fall 2020 annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in St. Louis, MO during the SEA Friday afternoon business meeting. The winning book will also be announced in the American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology News.

Instructions for Nominations:

Deadline for nominations is April 1, 2020.

Nominations must include

1. Author(s)
2. SEA membership status
3. Book title
4. Publication date and publisher
5. A paragraph summarizing the book’s argument
6. A paragraph describing how the book fits into economic anthropology
7. Contact information for the person submitting the nomination (name, email, phone number)

Authors must be SEA members at the time of their book’s submission. SEA is a member organization of the American Anthropological Association. Nonmembers whose books are nominated will have the opportunity to join the SEA to be considered for this prize.

Books must be published between May 2017 and April 2020. Books previously considered for the SEA book prize are not eligible for resubmission.

Please email nominations to the book prize committee chair, John Millhauser (millhauser@ncsu.edu) with the subject “SEA book prize nomination.”

SEA members who are interested in serving on the committee should let me know by email before the end of November.

Best,

John Millhauser

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)

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