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Announcing Mergers and Acquisitions

Concept and Format
The Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) is happy to announce the launch of a new multi-media blog and podcast series, “Mergers and Acquisitions: Exchanges in and Beyond Economic Anthropology.” The quarterly blog and podcast series will be launched in January 2021 on The Society for Economic Anthropology Website. Each quarter, the blog will feature a specific topic or theme, curated by a guest editor. The blog will then explore this theme through a number of different formats including podcasts, photo essays, interviews and roundtable discussions.

Aims and Scope
The primary aim of the blog is to demonstrate how anthropological perspectives can be merged with other perspectives to enhance and complicate understandings of economic life and contemporary events. By providing a forum for anthropologists to share their knowledge with a broader audience and to exchange ideas, we hope the blog will also provide an opportunity for scholars of all backgrounds to acquire new perspectives. Recognizing that the best ideas and insights are rarely generated alone, this blog offers a collective mind-hive for furthering the study of economic life. Our goal is to highlight current research in the field of economic anthropology and showcase how anthropological perspectives speak to a range of contemporary economic issues. The blog will host interviews with leading economic anthropologists, provide reflection pieces on economic transformations and problems, and will serve as a vehicle for new and established scholars to connect with each other and share their perspectives on the anthropological study of economic life.

The Team
This blog is a collaborative enterprise with an initial team of co-editors: Jenny Huberman (UMKC), Aneil Tripathy (Brandeis University), Ipshita Ghosh (Syracuse University), Kelly McKowen (Southern Methodist University) and Cindy Isenhour (University of Maine). As this forum evolves, we hope to invite participation from the Economic Anthropology community and expand this core team.

Blog Themes
Our goal is to have the first blog up in January with the theme Climate Change, coordinated by Aneil Tripathy. In the forthcoming months, we plan to have blogs dedicated to the following themes: waste, enterprise, unemployment and digital capitalism. Please feel free to contact the co-editors with your ideas and suggestions for the future!

SEA News: Conference and Emergency Fund

Dear SEA Members and Friends
I hope this message finds you all healthy and well in this extraordinarily strange time! Despite the need for social distancing, and the regrettable cancellation of the spring meeting, the SEA board and 2020 program chairs have been hard at work planning for the future. I have a few updates for the membership:

2020 VIRTUAL MEETING “Economies of Convenience”
– Our 2020 Spring Meeting Program Chair, Rahul Oka, has been working hard to set up a virtual meeting which will take place April 30 (10:30 – 5:00 EDT) and May 1 (10:30 – 5:00 EDT). The lineup of speakers looks absolutely wonderful! Please mark your calendars and join us for as much of the conference as you can, from the comfort of your home, with a simple click of an email link! All SEA members are welcome and encouraged to attend and, as always, to provide useful feedback to our presenters. All participants must register, but it is FREE! The program and more information about how to register will arrive in your in-boxes early next week.

AAA EMERGENCY FUND
The AAA Executive Committee has authorized a very generous budget for an emergency grant program. Sections (including the SEA) are also contributing to match these funds. While the details are still emerging, it sounds like all AAA members who do not get full-time university benefits, are no longer supported by university funds or who derive at least 50% of their income from self-employment (consulting, etc) are eligible to apply. More information will be forthcoming from AAA but I wanted those in need to be aware that the deadline is currently planned for MAY 15. Please keep an eye out from the AAA.

2020 AAA MEETING
At the moment the 2020 AAA meeting is still on and deadlines for panels, roundtables, posters and individually volunteered papers have all been extended. We invite you all to submit your papers to SEA for consideration. Our 2020 Program Chair AJ Faas looks forward to your submissions.

ANTHROPOLOGY NEWS
I’m sure many of you have seen the excellent article in the most recent issue of Anthropology News. SEA got the “headline” with Ieva Snikersproge’s excellent article Capitalism and the Coronavirus Conspiracy. Please check it out. Big thanks to Walt Little for doing such a stellar job as our AN editor. Please note that Walt plans to turn over the reigns in November and we are still looking for a replacement. If you are interested, please let me know.

I think that’s it for now. The SEA board wishes you all safety, good health, and comfort in these strange times!

My best –
Cindy Isenhour, SEA President

Latest Issue of Economic Anthropology is Now Available!

Check out the latest issue of Economic Anthropology, Volume 7, Issue 1 (January 2020) now fully available and accessible online!

This most recent open issue brings together a diverse selection of authors and research contributions from around the world—China, Palau, Micronesia, Norway, Uganda, South Africa, the Philippines, India, Madagascar, and the United States. The research articles published in this issue take on the emergence of financial technologies (Fitzpatrick and McKeon), shifting water narratives (Tucker), navigating agricultural standards (Flachs and Panuganti), entrepreneurship and possibility (Milgram, Beresford, Steiner), gendered consumption (Dolan et al.), economic imaginaries through real estate investment (Youngling), welfare and work (McKowen), and the sharing economy (Frost). Our authors clearly advance discourses and empirics of consequence to those interested in economic anthropology. The authors address capitalist and noncapitalist economic formations as they create relations that innovate, invigorate, and integrate people, their values, their livelihoods, and their well-being.

The Symposium section asks Laura Nader, Gearoid Millar, Cynthia Mahmood, Mark Moberg, and Erik Bähre, What does economic anthropology contribute to the understanding of the economics of peace and conflict? Their responses consider economics and war (Nader), hidden interactions (Millar), corruption and resistance (Mahmood), militarism (Moberg), and solidarity (Bähre). This set of essays elevates the discussion around the importance of socioeconomics in contemplating conflict, as well as its escalation, resolution, and transformation.​

Be sure to download, share, and cite your favorite contributions from this issue. EA looks forward to publishing your socioeconomic work next! Submissions are now being accepted through January 20, 2020 for the January 2021 open issue! Visit EA’s website through AnthroSource to browse our content, read our virtual issues, recommend EA to a librarian, and sign up to get content alerts. Finally, join the Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) this spring (April 30–May 2, 2020) at the University of Notre Dame, where the conference theme will be “Convenience.”​

Brandon Lundy, Ph.D.
Editor, Economic Anthropology
Associate Director / Professor of Anthropology
School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding & Development
Kennesaw State University

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