Announcing Mergers and Acquisitions

Concept and Format
The Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) is happy to announce the launch of a new multi-media blog and podcast series, “Mergers and Acquisitions: Exchanges in and Beyond Economic Anthropology.” The quarterly blog and podcast series will be launched in January 2021 on The Society for Economic Anthropology Website. Each quarter, the blog will feature a specific topic or theme, curated by a guest editor. The blog will then explore this theme through a number of different formats including podcasts, photo essays, interviews and roundtable discussions.

Aims and Scope
The primary aim of the blog is to demonstrate how anthropological perspectives can be merged with other perspectives to enhance and complicate understandings of economic life and contemporary events. By providing a forum for anthropologists to share their knowledge with a broader audience and to exchange ideas, we hope the blog will also provide an opportunity for scholars of all backgrounds to acquire new perspectives. Recognizing that the best ideas and insights are rarely generated alone, this blog offers a collective mind-hive for furthering the study of economic life. Our goal is to highlight current research in the field of economic anthropology and showcase how anthropological perspectives speak to a range of contemporary economic issues. The blog will host interviews with leading economic anthropologists, provide reflection pieces on economic transformations and problems, and will serve as a vehicle for new and established scholars to connect with each other and share their perspectives on the anthropological study of economic life.

The Team
This blog is a collaborative enterprise with an initial team of co-editors: Jenny Huberman (UMKC), Aneil Tripathy (Brandeis University), Ipshita Ghosh (Syracuse University), Kelly McKowen (Southern Methodist University) and Cindy Isenhour (University of Maine). As this forum evolves, we hope to invite participation from the Economic Anthropology community and expand this core team.

Blog Themes
Our goal is to have the first blog up in January with the theme Climate Change, coordinated by Aneil Tripathy. In the forthcoming months, we plan to have blogs dedicated to the following themes: waste, enterprise, unemployment and digital capitalism. Please feel free to contact the co-editors with your ideas and suggestions for the future!

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