Category Archives: Meetings

Spring meeting: Keynote speaker and student funding announced

SEA is pleased to announce that Dr. Charles Hall will be keynoting our 2014 conference “Energy & Economy”. Dr. Hall is an internationally renowned expert on the meeting’s theme and is the author of Energy and the Wealth of Nations. Special thanks to the Anthropology and Environment Society for co-sponsoring the meetings and keynote!

We are also delighted to announce that SEA is able to provide partial support for a limited number of students to participate in this year’s Austin conference.  Please contact Cindy Isenhour (cynthia.isenhour [at] maine [dot] edu) and Tom Love (tlove [at] linfield [dot] edu) if you are interested.
The program is coming together well with many fantastic papers and posters. Contact us as soon as possible if you still plan to submit an abstract.  We hope to finalize the program in January.   Please see for more information about the meetings, registration and abstract submission.

Call for thematic SEA Conference Proposals (and Economic Anthropology journal volume)

The Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) welcomes proposals for the theme of the spring 2015 SEA annual conference.

  • Due date for proposals: January 30, 2014 (for 2015 spring conference, and subsequent journal volume).
  • Send proposals to the editor of Economic Anthropology: Lisa Cliggett Lisa.Cliggett [at] (please put “SEA Conference Proposal” in the subject line).
  • Proposals will be voted on by the SEA Board in February, and announced at the SEA 2014 Spring Meeting in Austin TX (April 24-26, 2014).
  • Details about what to send:  a 500-word abstract, your title suggestion for the conference (and subsequent journal issue, see below), and the name(s) of the organizer(s).

Abstracts should lay the theoretical foundation for the topic and outline the various approaches authors can take in exploring the theme. (Recent themes include: Inequality, Cities, Greed, Tourism, Landscape, Cooperation, Disaster, Morality, Textiles, and Food).

Themes with broad appeal to all the subfields of anthropology, especially archaeology and cultural anthropology, as well as to economists, geographers, sociologists, historians and other scholars of the intersection of social and economic life, are especially encouraged. Co-organizers for the conference are welcomed, especially when co-organizers represent different sub-disciplines in anthropology, or other fields. To learn more about the Society for Economic anthropology, the annual meetings, and subsequent journal publication, see the SEA website: .

SEA’s new journal, Economic Anthropology, is published by Wiley Blackwell in conjunction with the annual meetings of the Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA).  The conference organizer (who becomes the editor of the given EA issue) selects the 12-17 best articles for this issue from more than 60 papers and posters at the conference. Following selection by the organizers, authors will have the opportunity to revise their article before it is sent to anonymous reviewers (identified by the SEA editorial board) for single blind review. For more information about the journal Economic Anthropology, please go to:

In addition to the role of EA issue editor following the conference, organizers are responsible for all aspects of the conference that do not relate to logistics. Everything about the meeting itself, and all the required recruitment, announcements, and follow up are responsibilities of the organizer. If you have questions about the specific tasks of organizers, please request the Organizer Responsibility Outline.

Although not required, conference organizers can propose a location for the meetings (this often happens when organizers’ have good support from their home institutions to host locally).  Please feel free to suggest a location for the meeting you propose.

Previous conference themes can be found here.

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