Call for Papers: Economic Anthropology 2018-20 Open Submission Issue

The journal of Economic Anthropology (Wiley Blackwell) is calling for open submissions for Volume 7, Number 1, which is to be published in January 2020. EA is a bi-annual refereed journal published by the Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) to make available research that is innovative and interdisciplinary and focused on economic and social life to serve scholars, practitioners, and general audiences. The journal has recorded the highest rate of growth for readership for all 33 American Anthropological Association journals for the last three years. To further the goal of making the most current research available to a broad audience, EA emphasizes clear and accessible writing. We encourage authors to take advantage of the journal’s online format and incorporate photos, graphics, and links to videos or other related materials. The journal considers the work of scholars and practitioners at all points in their careers, including advanced PhD students.
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Call for Papers: open submission issue of Economic Anthropology

Call for Papers for the second annual *open submission* issue of Economic Anthropology, to be published in January 2018. Please see Guidelines for Submission below.

In 2016, we created a new annual issue for the journal apart from the theme-based issue that comes out each June. The open submission issue features articles spanning a wide array of topics.

This CFP offers a tremendous opportunity to have your work reviewed and potentially published within a year! Please review the guidelines noted below. Manuscripts must be submitted no later than January 31, 2017. The requirements for consideration include the following:

A little background about what Economic Anthropology has cooking: 

FIRST, how about this wonderful news from our publisher: Economic Anthropology had the highest rate of growth for readership across all the AAA journals in 2015. The number of full-text downloads of EA articles increased from 3,279 in 2014 to 7,165 in 2015—an increase of 119 percent.  

SECOND, we are approaching YEAR FOUR of publication as a Wiley Blackwell journal. Here’s what’s coming up:

  • In just a month, January 2017, we will release our first ever OPEN SUBMISSION issue—unrelated to a conference theme. In addition to a fantastic set of articles, the open issue will also introduce a new section called THE SYMPOSIUM in which 5 distinguished anthropologists weigh in with short essays on a single question. Don’t miss this exciting innovation in our journal.
  • In June 2017, we will release the exciting RISK AND RESILIENCE issue.

THIRD, keep EA in mind when you are looking for cutting edge research on topics related to economy and society. Our two most recent issues are:

  • the fabulous ENERGY issue released last January 2016.
  • the outstanding TECHNOLOGIES issue released last June, 2016.

For more about back issues and our online platform:

More about EA’s open submission issue and the Call for Papers:

The benefits of submitting to EA are plenty—our WB journal is part of the AAA consortium of scholarly journals indexed in AnthroSource. That makes the online content easy to find, easy to search, and accessible to lots and lots of people. I have been able to reduce the turnaround timeframe to one year, from submission to publication. That’s pretty unusual and it means you can get your time-sensitive work out faster, and get credit for your publication sooner than with most scholarly journals. This is our new secret magic! So pass the word!


If you are interested in pursuing the possibility of getting your work published in Economic Anthropology, please submit a polished article to me no later than January 31, 2017. Follow these guidelines:

1         The article must draw on original and clearly presented research.

2         The article must present clear contributions to existing scholarship.

3         The article needs to concern the interaction of economic and social life.

4         The writing must be very clear and very organized. Keep jargon to a minimum, or where possible, explain complex terms with ordinary language. Significant readability problems will disqualify an article before it goes to peer review.

5         Articles may not exceed 8000 words including abstract, notes, references, captions. Two graphics are permitted in the online typeset version. Additional text and graphics are welcome as Supplementary Material, accessible from the article.

I look forward to your submissions over the coming month and holiday break. In the meanwhile, if you have questions, please feel free to email Kate Browne at Kate[dot]Browne[at]COLOSTATE[dot]EDU.

2017 SEA conference call for papers: Financialization and Beyond: Debt, Money, Wealth, and the Capture of Value

SEA Annual Conference 2017

Financialization and Beyond: Debt, Money, Wealth, and the Capture of Value

When: April 6-8, 2017

Where: University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA

Abstracts due December 1, 2016

Finance is hard to escape. In recent years, the increasing social impact and interconnection of ?nancial discourses, markets, actors, and institutions have been understood under the broad concept of financialization. Natascha van der Zwan identifies three distinct research streams that have approached financialization as 1) a regime of accumulation, 2) the influence of financial markets and instruments on non-financial corporations as well as the banking and finance industry, and 3) a discourse of risk-taking, self-management and self-fulfillment that is transforming people into investing subjects. Some anthropological skeptics, however, argue that finance has a far longer genealogy than the financialization literature has to date recognized. For example, in the context of a lengthy human history of creating hierarchy, financialization may simply be a new technology serving an old purpose.

On behalf of the Society for Economic Anthropology, and in co-sponsorship with the International Sociological Association’s Economy and Society Research Committee, we aim to put in dialogue divergent visions of what constitutes finance and financialization, and how finance and financialization impact our societies. The program committee especially welcomes scholarship from anthropologists (in all sub-fields), sociologists, scholars in the social studies of finance, and other social scientists who do not necessarily self-identify as financialization scholars, but whose work provides comparative, historical, ethnographic, or quantitative insights into the workings of finance and financialization.

As an initial organizing tool we have divided areas of potential contributions into three categories of inquiry. These are not exclusive categories and we welcome contributions that don’t readily fit in what we outline.


  • Finance predates capitalism. Therefore, what are relevant cross-cultural, historical, and archaeological cases which help illuminate our current moment?
  • Tracing who owes what to whom is as old as the discipline of anthropology. Do new financial instruments such as credit default swaps share forms and logics with older kinds of reciprocities?
  • Are the new instruments of finance comparable to those found in the cultural and archaeological record, and especially to other forms of debt?
  • Numerous scholars have argued that financialization is creating new subjects and selfhoods, accompanied by a shift of risk from states to households. What are the material objects, spaces, and infrastructures that translate financial abstraction into new ways of understanding personhood?

Wealth, Money, and Financial Instruments

  • Does financialization alter our comprehension of what kind of social organization goes with what type of wealth—a leitmotif in the comparative study of human societies, particularly since the rise of agriculture?
  • How can we interpret potentially novel forms of financial innovation, such as Islamic finance and banking?
  • How do ideologies such as shareholder value or social finance transform economic practices?
  • How do non-elites use new forms of money (such as phone cards, paypal, gift cards, local currencies) to alter hierarchies or seek alternative forms of wealth accumulation? How and with what consequences are elites transforming money’s materiality?

Depoliticization and the Capture of Value

  • Many have noted that financialization promotes a depoliticizing process, in which state services, formerly held accountable to government, are now being replaced by private markets. How do these processes compare to other instances of political drift and shift that have come with new modes of abstraction?
  • How is finance racializing and gendering? Where can we observe moments of openness, where finance can be emancipatory?
  • What kind of ethics, politics, and social goals do financial elites envision? How do these compare to those brought into being by classes that dominate the wealth and financial systems in different cultural or economic contexts? What new forms of informality are promoted by financialization?
  • The supply chains of financial products connect different places and political projects across the globe. How do such financial instruments transform social life?

We request abstracts for both papers and posters on these topics. Please indicate whether your abstract is for a paper, a poster or either. Proposed papers must pertain to the meeting theme. SEA also welcomes poster abstracts on any aspect of economic anthropology.

Publishing Opportunity

The Society for Economic Anthropology publishes Economic Anthropology, a peer reviewed journal published electronically via the American Anthropological Association (AAA). Each year Economic Anthropology dedicates one of its two issues to the theme of the SEA meeting. A special issue on financialization will be developed from select conference presentations.


Fabio Mattioli, New York University, fabio.mattioli[at]nyu[dot]edu
Aaron Z. Pitluck, Illinois State University, Aaron.Pitluck[at]IllinoisState[dot]edu
Daniel Souleles, Brandeis University, dsouleles[at]brandeis[dot]edu


Abstract submission deadline is December 1, 2016: submit via instructions below

Abstracts of proposed papers and posters should be no more than 500 words. Abstracts are advised to include the following information: problem statement or theoretical frame, methodology, findings, and implications. If you submit a paper abstract, please indicate your willingness to present a poster if the organizers are unable to accommodate your paper in the plenary sessions. Poster sessions at SEA are taken very seriously, and most conference participants attend these sessions. In order to be considered for inclusion in the journal issue tied to this theme, please plan to have a complete, publishable-quality version of your paper ready at the time of the conference. Additional information for potential authors will follow.

To submit an abstract, you must first register for the conference through the AAA. At the moment, the registration site is not yet available on the AAA web site. SEA is working with AAA to get the registration site up; this will occur shortly.

  1.  Go to and log in.  If you don’t have a login id and password, create one (you do not need to join the American Anthropological Association).
  2.  Once you are logged in, look to the left hand column, click on Meeting registration.
  3.  Click on register under the SEA 2017 Annual Meeting then follow online prompts to register for the meeting (if we do not accept your abstract and you decide not to attend, you may request that your registration fee be refunded and we would be happy to do so).
  4.  Once you are registered, AAA will automatically send you an email inviting you to submit an abstract.  Click the link and follow the instructions.

Risk and resilience photo entry: Leann Leiter


Photo credit: Leann Leiter, MA in Sustainable Communities candidate, Northern Arizona University

Title: Everyday Readiness

Description: I am conducting a participatory research study in the small village in Northern Arizona where I live, which has recently been threatened by wildfires and experienced several minor earthquakes. I have asked my neighbors to contemplate what “disaster” means to them, and photo-document things in and around their households that represent their vulnerability or resilience in the face of potential disaster. I decided to join them in the process. The items in this image are the partial contents of what I call my “Apoco-pac,” a bag I keep packed at all times in case of emergency or evacuation. The items – ranging from cordage to a compass – help me feel prepared for the unknown on an everyday basis.