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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.

EXTENSION Abstract Submission and Meeting Registration

Just a quick note to let you know that we have decided to extend the abstract submission deadline for the 2022 SEA conference to 7 January 2022.

Though we have received a lot of phenomenal submissions already (thank you so much for those!), we have also received a number of notes from people requesting a bit more time to submit abstracts given both the normal end of semester crush and the existential exhaustion we’re all feeling due to the ongoing pandemic. We’re happy to do our modest part to make both of those things a bit more manageable. Hopefully this takes a bit of pressure off.

To see the original call for papers, please visit the 2022 SEA Conference page. If you have any questions or concerns or need any help, contact Dan Souleles (

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