Yearly Archives: 2019

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

2020 Halperin Award Call for Entries

The Rhoda Halperin Memorial Fund celebrates the life and work of Rhoda Halperin by supporting PhD students in anthropology who emulate her commitment to economic anthropology and concern for people on the social margins. In memory of Rhoda’s convivial collegiality, the Fund also encourages student professional development through participation in the scholarly meetings of the SEA and AAA. To meet these goals, this award provides students engaged in economic research focused on social exclusion and poverty with small grants for preliminary dissertation fieldwork, and subsequent travel money to present their findings at the Society for Economic Anthropology annual conference.

To learn more about eligibility, award details, and how to apply, see the Halperin Award page.

UK and South Korea sign ‘continuity’ trade agreement

The UK has signed a “continuity” trade agreement with South Korea, allowing businesses to keep trading freely after Brexit.

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss signed the agreement with her South Korean counterpart Yoo Myung-hee in London.

The two countries agreed to a preliminary deal in June, marking the first post-Brexit deal secured in Asia.

Trade between the UK and South Korea totalled £14.6bn ($17.7bn) in 2018.

The agreement is roughly in line with the terms of the existing Korea-EU free trade deal.

The UK has sought to secure agreements with its trading partners as it prepares to leave the European Union in October.

“My priority is to make sure that British businesses are fully prepared for Brexit and ready to trade on Thursday 31 October,” Ms Truss said in a statement.

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Ms Yoo said the agreement would “remove much Brexit uncertainty” from the economic partnership between the two countries.

South Korea is a global leader in electronics, steel and the auto industry, and its exports to the UK reached £5.2bn last year.

Asia’s fourth largest economy exports mostly cars and ships to Britain, while it imports crude oil, cars and whisky.

Ms Truss said the agreement would allow firms such as luxury carmaker Bentley to “keep trading as they do today, and they will be able to take advantage of the opportunities that Brexit offers”.

Warren Clarke, Bentley brand manager for South Korea welcomed the “stability” brought by the deal.

“As the first luxury car brand to enter the market in 2006 Bentley Motors sees South Korea as very significant to our future business plans.”

The UK is pushing to reach agreements with its trading partners as the Brexit deadline looms.

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