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2022 Halperin Memorial Fund awardees

On behalf of the Rhoda Halperin Memorial Fund Committee — myself, Rachael Goodman, and Lauren Hayes — I am pleased to announce the two recipients of this year’s award for pre-dissertation research:

Dean Blumenfeld, Arizona State University, “Debt, Labor, and Specialization at the Colonial Latifundia: The Archaeological Investigation of Hacienda del Rincon, Mexico”


Bruno Ubiali, University of Georgia, “What is Productive Land? Indigenous and Farmers’ Cultural Notions of Land in an Agricultural Frontier Expansion”

A heartfelt thank you to the review committee and all of this year’s applicants. And congratulations and best of luck to both Dean and Bruno!

Read more about Rhoda Halperin Memorial Fund award here.

Laura Tilghman
Chair, Halperin Memorial Fund

SEA News and Events

Kate Browne Creativity in Research Award: The SEA is ABSOLUTELY THRILLED to announce the establishment of a new award in honor of past SEA president and general phenom, Kate Browne. Established by Kate’s family in honor of her legacy and contributions to the SEA, the award is designed to recognize scholars who have taken novel and creative approaches to their research and/or the communication of their work. The deadline for nominations is January 30th. For more information, please visit our website.

SEA 2022 Spring Meeting: The SEA Spring Meeting “Value and Change, Value in Crisis” will be held virtually and in Copenhagen, June 1-3, 2022. The deadline for abstract submissions is coming right up on December 20th. For more information and to submit your abstract, please visit the meetings page.

Call for Proposals, SEA 2023 Spring Meeting: SEA meetings are highly collegial, intimate gatherings themed around a different topic each year. Over the years we’ve explored a wide range of themes with relevance to economic anthropology — from landscapes and cities to risk, markets and tourism. We invite your inspiration and leadership. Please reach out to us if you have an idea or are interested in either hosting or serving as a program chair for our Spring meeting in 2023.

Nominate yourself for the SEA Board: AAA elections are coming up and SEA will have several open seats including our President Elect and three board seats. If you are interested in helping to lead the SEA, please reach out to Past President Cindy Isenhour (

Don’t forget to check out SEA on Facebook, in Anthropology News and in our new podcast, Mergers and Acquisitions.

P.S. Thanks to Cindy Isenhour for pulling together this and other news and events announcements, a tradition I plan to continue!


Nora Haenn (she/her)
President, Society for Economic Anthropology

SEA Pre-dissertation and Dissertation Awards: Applications Open

Hello SEA folks — especially graduate students or those who mentor/advise them:

Each year the Society for Economic Anthropology sponsors two grant competitions to help fund graduate student research. The deadline for both awards is 15 December 2021.

Applicants seeking pre-dissertation research funding should apply for the Halperin Award, named in memory of SEA past president Rhoda Halperin.

Applicants seeking dissertation research funds should apply for the M. Estellie Smith Award, named in memory of SEA past president M. Estellie Smith.

More about the Halperin Predissertation Award:

More about the M. Estellie Smith Dissertation Award:

Spread the word, and best of luck to all the applicants this year!

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