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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!

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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