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A Reason to Celebrate — SEA turns 40!

Dear SEA Members and Friends!

I am honored to introduce myself as the new SEA President. Thank you for the opportunity to lead the organization, which will be 40 YEARS OLD IN THE NEW YEAR! We have very good reason to celebrate at our spring meeting!

This year’s conference will be held April 30 – May 2, hosted by Rahul Oka at The University of Notre Dame. The theme is “Convenience” —and we sure hope it will be convenient for you to join us! The submission deadline is Jan. 15th, with notification by Jan 30th. For more information please visit our 2020 Spring Meeting page. Please note that the board prioritizes affordability. We worked hard to keep registration rates low and have approved three travel awards to help defer costs for students and/or un- or under-employed faculty with excellent abstracts.

Please also allow me to take a moment to thank all those of you who have served SEA over the years, helping to create such a strong, vibrant, engaging and friendly community. I’d also like to extend thanks to everyone currently involved in leading the organization, and to warmly invite others to join us.

BIG, BIG THANKS to our current leadership!!!!
Board Members: NORA HAENN (President Elect); BRAM TUCKER (Past President); RICHARD WALLACE (Treasurer); JOHN MILLHAUSER (Secretary); MAIA GREENE; RAJA SWAMY; LAURA TILGHMAN; EMMA MCDONELL, JOANNE BARON, MELISSA BERESFORD & LAURA COCHRANE

The SEA Book Prize Chair and Social Media Coordinator: JOHN MILLHAUSER;
M. Estellie Smith Award Chair: DAN MURPHY;
The Rhoda Halperin Memorial Award Chair: LAURA TILGHMAN;
The Harold K. Schneider Paper Prize Chair: LEILA RODRIGUEZ;
AAA Program Chair: AJ FAAS;
SEA 2020 Spring Meeting Program Chair: RAHUL OKA;
Anthropology News Editor: WALTER LITTLE;
Economic Anthropology Editor & List-serve Moderator: BRANDON LUNDY;
SEA Webmaster: DAWN RIVERS

We have several opportunities for others to get involved!
If you are interested in running for a board position, please do let us know as we have an election coming up. We are also looking for someone interested in serving as the Chair of the Schneider Paper Prize, as Leila is stepping down after several years of service (THANK YOU SO MUCH LEILA!). Walt Little also plans to step down as the Anthropology News Editor in November. He will be a tough act to follow, that is for sure (THANK YOU WALT), but we feel sure one of our members is up to the challenge! If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please send a quick email to cynthia.isenhour@maine.edu.

Please keep an eye out for another wonderful issue of Economic Anthropology, coming in January! This open issue includes an excellent symposium discussion prompted by the question: “What does economic anthropology contribute to the understanding of the economics of peace and conflict?” Our contributors include Laura Nader, Gearoid Millar, Cynthia Mahmood, Mark Moberg, and Erik Bähre! Please be sure to download it, cite it and share it! Also please note that Economic Anthropology is currently soliciting submissions for the January 2021 open issue. The deadline is January 20, 2020.

The SEA leadership wishes you a wonderful holiday season and a very happy and healthy new year!

Cindy Isenhour
SEA President 2019 – 2021

UK and South Korea sign ‘continuity’ trade agreement

The UK has signed a “continuity” trade agreement with South Korea, allowing businesses to keep trading freely after Brexit.

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss signed the agreement with her South Korean counterpart Yoo Myung-hee in London.

The two countries agreed to a preliminary deal in June, marking the first post-Brexit deal secured in Asia.

Trade between the UK and South Korea totalled £14.6bn ($17.7bn) in 2018.

The agreement is roughly in line with the terms of the existing Korea-EU free trade deal.

The UK has sought to secure agreements with its trading partners as it prepares to leave the European Union in October.

“My priority is to make sure that British businesses are fully prepared for Brexit and ready to trade on Thursday 31 October,” Ms Truss said in a statement.

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Ms Yoo said the agreement would “remove much Brexit uncertainty” from the economic partnership between the two countries.

South Korea is a global leader in electronics, steel and the auto industry, and its exports to the UK reached £5.2bn last year.

Asia’s fourth largest economy exports mostly cars and ships to Britain, while it imports crude oil, cars and whisky.

Ms Truss said the agreement would allow firms such as luxury carmaker Bentley to “keep trading as they do today, and they will be able to take advantage of the opportunities that Brexit offers”.

Warren Clarke, Bentley brand manager for South Korea welcomed the “stability” brought by the deal.

“As the first luxury car brand to enter the market in 2006 Bentley Motors sees South Korea as very significant to our future business plans.”

The UK is pushing to reach agreements with its trading partners as the Brexit deadline looms.

Former India Test cricketer Madhav Apte passes away

Former India Test opener Madhav Apte, aged 86, passed away at the Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai on Monday morning.

Apte played seven Tests for India in the early 1950s, five of which came in and against West Indies. Among the 542 runs (at an average of 49.27) that he finished his Test career with, there were two fine centuries (a highest score of 163) in the two Port-of-Spain matches – against a bowling attack that had Frank King, Gerry Gomez, Frank Worrell, Alf Valentine and Sonny Ramadhin. Despite such a successful series in West Indies, Apte was never picked to play for India again.

Hailing from Mumbai, Apte featured in 67 first class matches (three of them for Bengal) and was a product of the strong age-group system in the city – rising through notable performances in school tournaments like Giles Shield as well as University-level tournaments.

Apte also served as the president of the famous Cricket Club of India (CCI) in Mumbai. During his tenure, he is said to have played a key role in a significant decision taken at the club in the 1987-88 – tweaking the strict age-limit rules at the club to accommodate a 15-year-old Sachin Tendulkar to represent the club as a player.

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