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Schneider Prize deadline extended!

The Harold K. Schneider Prize Competition has a new deadline: June 15, 2021!

The Harold K. Schneider Prize Competition is a student paper competition established by the Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) to honor its first president and to encourage new scholars in the field of economic anthropology. Harold Schneider, Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, was known for both his path breaking research and his dedication as a teacher.

Each year, the SEA invites both undergraduate and graduate students to submit papers on any aspect of economic anthropology or economic archaeology. Papers should contain a central thesis or argument, should be neither wholly descriptive nor wholly theoretical but, ideally, both. They should be edited for clarity.

The winners in both the undergraduate and graduate categories will receive a cash prize, a certificate of achievement, and a year’s membership in the SEA. The graduate winner will also be invited to make a presentation at the annual spring meeting of the SEA.

SEA M. Estellie Smith 2021 Dissertation Awardees

On behalf of the M. Estellie Smith Award Committee — myself, Sarah Osterhoudt, Steve Kowalewski, and Peter Finke — I’m delighted to announce to you this year’s co-winners of the M. Estellie Smith Dissertation award!

They are:

Gabriela Montero Mejía, University of Kentucky (advisor, Christopher Pool): Of maize and sugar: Colonial food systems and indigenous quality of life in the southern Gulf Coast of Mexico

Seyma Kabaoglu, Northwestern University (advisor, Robert Launay): Banking on Doubt: Law and Ambiguity in the Everyday Life of Islamic Participation Finance in Istanbul, Turkey

Congratulations to our two awardees! Thanks to all of the wonderful applicants! Thanks to the M. Estellie Smith Committee! And most of all, thanks to Charles Bishop for making this award possible!

SEA Halperin Memorial Fund 2021 Awardees

The Society for Economic Anthropology is pleased to announce the two recipients of this year’s Halperin Memorial Fund award for pre-dissertation research:

Gehad Abaza, University of California, Santa Barbara, “‘An Empty Paradise’: Household Economies, Labor, and Syrian War-time Migration in Abkhazia”


Jose R. Becerra, Purdue University, “Trade-offs Between the Logistics Economy and Community Health: Disproportionate Exposure to Air Pollution Among Marginalized Communities in the Inland Empire”

A heartfelt thank you to the review committee: Rachael Goodman, Thomas Hakansson, Lauren Hayes, and Daniel Souleles. And congratulations and best of luck to both Gehad and Jose!

Read more about Rhoda Halperin Memorial Fund award here.

Laura Tilghman
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Plymouth State University

Chair, Rhoda Halperin Memorial Fund
Society for Economic Anthropology

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