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The 2023 winners of the Halperin pre-diss and M. Estellee Smith dissertation awards!

Hello economic anthropologists!

On behalf of myself (as chair of the M. Estellie Smith committee) and Rachael Goodman (chair of the Halperin committee), we would like to announce and celebrate this year’s grant winners, and we would like to thank the committee members who evaluated the proposals.

(…Drum roll…this is like the Oscars for Econ Anth…)

The two winners of the 2023 Halperin Predissertation research award are:

Jing Hao Liong, Duke University, “The ‘Ethics’ of Eliminating Forced Labor: Social Enterprises and Migrant Labor in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia”


Montserrat Perez Castro Perez, Dartmouth College, “Sustainable hope: Affect, labor and social difference in the corporate sustainability of the palm oil value chain in Mexico”

The winner of the 2023 M. Estellie Smith dissertation award is:

Cameron Butler, York University (Toronto), “Fertilizing Settler Bodies: Tracing Global Phosphorus Transfers through Southern Ontario”

The Halperin committee was Rachael Goodman (chair), Lauren Hayes, Joseph Quick, and Christine Jeske.

The M. Estellie Smith committee was Bram Tucker (chair), Dawn Rivers, Christine Beitl, and Seyma Kabouglu.

YAAYYAYYAYY!!! Thanks all! Celebrate good times!

CFP 2023 SEA Annual Meeting — Wellbeing and the Common Good

Dear SEA members,

The abstract submission portal for the SEA 43rd Annual Meeting — Wellbeing and the Common Good — is open now through through January 7, 2023.

In our third year of a global pandemic, we are stretched thin, suffering touches us all, and our wells of empathy seem to be running dry. And yet, despite this suffering many of us are also paying closer attention to our own well-being and to the well-being of those around us. In this spirit of exploration and cautious hope, the theme of the 2023 Society for Economic Anthropology meeting will be “Well-Being and the Common Good.” Drawing in part from a growing “anthropology of the good” (coined by Joel Robbins), we seek papers that challenge us to rethink the economy as one part of a total experience aimed at making life worthwhile. The anthropology of the good asks us to reflect on the values we hold as economic anthropologists and how these values lead us to investigate (or set aside) topics like well-being or the common good. Bringing these topics to the foreground of economic research can help us understand where we have fallen short and where we might succeed in efforts to study, reveal, highlight, and perhaps help people to achieve well-being and the common good.

Please join us to explore this topic at the SEA’s annual meeting from May 18 to 20, 2023 at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

The Society for Economic Anthropology welcomes and encourage papers that showcase the range of anthropological efforts, including the work of archaeologists, linguistic anthropologists, biological anthropologists, medical anthropologists, and applied anthropologists among others

You may choose to submit your abstract for a paper, a poster, or both. Papers will receive 20-minute presentation slots and will be considered for inclusion in the 2024 special issue of Economic Anthropology dedicated to the conference theme. Posters will receive space in an in person or virtual poster session. If your abstract is not selected for a presentation slot, it will be considered for the poster sessions.

We aim to review all abstracts and return decisions by January 31, 2023 and to create a program by February 15, 2023.

The official registration portal for the conference will be hosted by the American Anthropological Association and will open in early 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact the meeting chair, John Millhauser (

Conference details and the full call for papers are available on the SEA website.

SEA 2023 Book Prize Call for Nominations

The SEA Book Prize Committee looks for the best book in economic anthropology published over the last 3 years. We invite nominations of exceptional books, including self-nominations. Nominations may come from non-SEA members as well, so spread this call widely.

The book prize includes a $500 award. It will be presented at the fall 2023 annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Toronto, ON during the SEA Friday afternoon business meeting. The winning book will also be announced in the American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology News.

We also invite members of the SEA to join the Book Prize Committee, which will read the books and choose the winner.

Instructions for Nominations:
Deadline for nominations is April 1, 2023.
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 2020 and April 2023. Books previously considered for the SEA book prize are not eligible for resubmission.

Please email nominations to the book prize committee chair, Joanne Baron ( with the subject “SEA book prize nomination.” Volunteers to join this year’s book prize committee may also email the chair.

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

2020 Reclaiming the Discarded: Life and Labor on Rio’s Garbage Dump by Kathleen Millar and Ethnography of Hunger: Politics, Subsistence, and the Unpredictable Grace of the Sun by Kristin Phillips

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