2016 Schneider Prize winners

Congratulations to our 2016 Schneider Prize winners! The Harold K. Schneider Prize Competition is a student paper competition that honors SEA’s first president and and encourages new scholars in the field of economic anthropology. Harold Schneider, Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, was known for both his path breaking research and his dedication as a teacher.

Graduate:

Winner – Sarah Kelman (UC Santa Cruz) “In Search of a ‘Culture of Entrepreneurship:’ Tales from Malaysia’s Startup Ecosystem – Dr, Lisa Rofel (Faculty Advisor)

Runner-Up – Samantha King (UNC – Chapel Hill) “The Enduring Invisibility of Women’s Work: Engendering Contemporary Agarian Transition in the Rural Caribbean” – Dr. Colin West (Faculty Advisor)

Undergraduate:

Winner – Mariel Kennedy (University of Notre Dame) “Bad Assets: A Study of Debt Collection in Pune, India” Dr. Rahul Okha (Faculty Advisor)

Runner-Up – Meagan Jones (Ohio State University) “Among and Beyond the Stalls: Hybrid Social Networks in the Westland Flea Market” Dr. Jeffrey Cohen (Faculty Advisor)

Halperin Memorial Fund: Call for Applications 2017

The Rhoda Halperin Memorial Fund celebrates the life and work of Rhoda Halperin by supporting PhD students in anthropology who emulate her love of economic anthropology and concern for people on the social margin. In memory of Rhoda’s convivial collegiality, the Fund also encourages student professional development through participation in the scholarly meetings of the SEA and AAA. To meet these goals, students engaged in economic research focused on social exclusion and poverty are provided small grants for preliminary dissertation fieldwork and subsequent travel money to present their findings at the Society for Economic Anthropology annual conference.

Because Rhoda Halperin’s career exemplified the integration of anthropological theory with social activism, for the purposes of this award, economic anthropology is broadly defined to include applied and non-applied perspectives, research that engages with issues of poverty, exclusion from the political process, and access to education.

ELIGIBILITY
a. Any student enrolled in an anthropology (or allied field) doctoral program, regardless of citizenship or nation, is eligible for the award.
b. Strong preference is given to students early in the dissertation process rather than to those who are further along and have already developed their proposals.
c. The funds are not intended for language study.

APPLICATION AND DEADLINE
Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements may apply for the award by providing the following materials by the deadline listed below. All materials should be submitted via email to Daniel Murphy (halperinaward@gmail.com) by December 15, 2016. We will announce awards by February 15, 2017.
a. Proposal Cover sheet
b. Abstract (100 words)
c. Project description, < 500 words about research goals, itinerary, primary research tasks,
potential outcomes
d. Curriculum Vitae
e. Letter of recommendation (included or under separate cover)
Application forms are here.

THE AWARD
Recipients receive $2,000 for preliminary PhD research, issued upon acceptance of the award and notification to the Treasurer of the SEA
Recipients receive a one-year membership in the Society for Economic Anthropology.
Recipients receive $500 to supplement the costs of traveling to the SEA spring conference during the year following the research award to present a poster or paper on the dissertation research or background work.

DONATIONS TO THE FUND
The Halperin Memorial Fund is a fund of the Society for Economic Anthropology, a Section of the American Anthropological Association, which is a 501(c)3 organization. Donations to The Halperin Memorial Fund are typically exempt from federal income tax, as are membership fees, but please consult your tax advisor regarding your specific situation. When you make a donation to support the Halperin Memorial Fund by check, please make your check to “SEA/American Anthropological Association” and note that the donation is for the Halperin Memorial Fund.
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Daniel Murphy
Chair of Halperin Memorial Fund Committee
Society for Economic Anthropology

The Society for Economic Anthropology Book Prize: Call for Submissions

The SEA Book Prize Committee is looking for the best book in economic anthropology published over the last 3 years. The committee requests nominations for single-authored volumes published between 2014 and 2016 that focus on issues in economic anthropology. Author must be SEA members at the time of their book’s submission. Nonmembers whose books are nominated will have the opportunity to join the SEA and be considered for this prize. SEA is a member organization of the American Anthropological Association.

Previous winners of the Society for Economic Anthropology’s book prize are:

  • 2003 Salaula: The World of Secondhand Clothing and Zambia by Karen Tranberg-Hansen
  • 2005 Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World by Ted Bestor
  • 2008 Global Outlaws: Crime, money and power in the Contemporary World by Carolyn Nordstrom AND Home Cooking in the Global Village: Caribbean Food from Buccaneers to Ecotourists by Richard Wilk
  • 2011 Coffee and Community: Maya Farmers and Fair Trade Markets by Sarah Lyons
  • 2014 The Darjeeling Distinction: Labor and Justice on Fair-Trade Tea Plantations in India by Sarah Besky

The book prize includes a $500 award, and will be presented during the Society for Economic Anthropology spring meeting and announced in the American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology News.

Deadline for nominations is November 1, 2016.

Books must be published in 2014, 2015, or 2016.

Nominations must include

  1. Author (s) name(s)
  2. Book title
  3. Publication information including date and publisher
  4. A paragraph summarizing the book’s argument
  5. A brief description of how the nominated book fits into economic anthropology
  6. Contact information for submitter (name, email, and phone number)

Please email your nomination, including book title and author name(s) to the book prize committee co-chairs, Deborah Winslow (dwinslow[at]nsf[dot]gov) and Sarah Besky (sarah_besky[at]brown[dot]edu). Please put “SEA book prize nomination” in the subject line of the email. Questions may be addressed to Deborah Winslow.

The 2015 Harold K. Schneider Student Prize in Economic Anthropology

 

DEADLINE: June 1, 2015

The Harold K. Schneider Prize Competition is a student paper competition established by the Society for Economic Anthropology to honor its first president and to encourage new scholars in the field of economic anthropology. Harold Schneider, Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, was known for both his path breaking research and his dedication as a teacher. Each year, the Society for Economic Anthropology invites both undergraduate and graduate students to submit papers on any aspect of economic anthropology or economic archaeology. Papers should contain a central thesis or argument, should be neither wholly descriptive nor wholly theoretical but, ideally, both and should be edited for clarity.

Manuscripts should be in English only and be no longer than 8,000 words, including endnotes and references, and in American Anthropologist style. The winners in both the undergraduate and graduate categories will each receive a cash prize, a certificate of achievement, and a year’s membership in the SEA. The graduate winner will also be invited to make a presentation at the annual spring meeting of the SEA.

Please submit electronic submissions only. The electronic submission must be sent in Microsoft Word format. Use your last name as the document name (example: “mauss.doc”).  Please do not include your name anywhere within the text of the document, but provide all contact addresses (mail and E-mail) on the title page. If the paper includes multiple .gif or .jpg images, please include them within the text as well in a separate document labeled with your name (example: “mauss_images.doc”).

All student submissions must be accompanied by a supporting note from a faculty sponsor, which should be submitted via e-mail. Please indicate whether you are applying in the undergraduate or graduate category.

Submissions, faculty support notes, and questions can be sent to Ty Matejowsky, at Ty.Matejowsky[at]ucf[dot]edu.

http://econanthro.org/awards/harold-k-schneider-prize/