Risk and resilience photo entry: Joseph Lanning

dealing with risk

Photo Credit: Joseph Lanning, University of Georgia

Dealing with Risk

A degree of both risk and uncertainty characterizes most decisions faced by farmers. Hazards such as shifting market prices, soaring input costs, climate change, or an untimely illness make every new cycle of planting and harvesting a gamble. At the same time, farmers’ previous successes or failures with different types and combinations of seeds and fertilizer inputs, their local ecological knowledge, and their access to extension services and social networks may contribute to reducing uncertainty. In the face of these daunting challenges, there is still time for some fun if you play your cards right. The young Malawian card dealer here had no patience for complaints as players bet cups of maize in this rousing game of Blackjack.

Please submit your photos, too!
Please send us photos that you think describes and elaborates the conference theme of risk and resilience, along with a title and short description.

We will use the photos that we receive to promote the meeting.  Each week until the meeting we will email an exemplary photo to the SEA-list, with the goal of encouraging interest and thinking through the various meanings and experiences of risk and resilience.

Grand prize:  Free Banquet ticket at the SEA meeting, and your photo will be presented in a place of honor at the meeting.

Rules:

* It must be a photo that you have taken.

* By submitting it to the competition you agree to allow SEA to use the photo to promote the conference.

* You do not have to be an SEA member to enter the contest.

* Please be sensitive to the use of images of people, living or deceased, in photos.

* Due: any time before Jan 1, 2016.

* Send all entries to Bram Tucker: bramtuck [at] uga [dot] edu

We will add a photo credit to the corner of your photo before use.  Photos used in emails will have text written over them to announce the meeting.

Call for papers: Research in Economic Anthropology

Anthropological papers with an economic focus are now being sought for Volume 36 of Research in Economic Anthropology (REA), scheduled for publication in 2016.

Although a broad range of articles and essays can be accepted for consideration, preference will be granted to manuscripts that draw on original ethnographic or archaeological research (i.e., empirical case studies). Submissions will be subject to peer-review.

View the full call for papers.

REA is sponsored by the Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA). Many well-known economic anthropologists and members of SEA have contributed works for the series.

Read more information about REA

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/

Register now for 2015 SEA meeting

Registration is now open for the 2015 SEA meeting in Lexington, KY, April 9-11. Register here and submit your abstracts by December 15 to join us in discussing Technologies and the Transformation of Economies or other topics in economic anthropology.

Those who’ve attended SEA meetings in the past know that they are small and friendly events, with just one or two sessions at a time and a poster session attended by almost everyone at the conference. Getting a paper accepted means you will present to a room of interested and engaged attendees, with plenty of time to present and discuss. However, I’ve presented posters many times, and really enjoy the lively conversations around this format, too (comparable to other conference presentations – this is not the usual poster session). So if you’re on the fence, please consider submitting an abstract for either format, and enjoy the discussions and interactions of the SEA.

Photo by Seicer at the English language Wikipedia, used under a creative commons license
Photo by Seicer at the English language Wikipedia, used under a creative commons license

 

Image adapted from Kat N.L.M. https://www.flickr.com/photos/orangegreenblue/9496687828

Call for papers: 2015 SEA conference April 9-11

2015 SEA CONFERENCE

TECHNOLOGIES AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF ECONOMIES

Lexington, Kentucky

April 9th – 11th, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Professor Barbara Mills, University of Arizona

MEETING FORMAT The SEA meetings provide a rare opportunity for a focused and coherent program of presentation, with time for critical discussion in a convivial intellectual setting. Papers are selected for a program that allows 15-20 minutes for presentation and 15-20 minutes for discussion in plenary sessions over two days. Papers and posters from the SEA annual will be considered for publication in a special issue of the society’s journal: Economic Anthropology. Submitting a paper for the plenary sessions represents a commitment that you wish to be considered for inclusion in the journal. We encourage archaeologists, cultural anthropologists, economists, and other scholars concerned with the meeting theme to submit abstracts.

POSTER PRESENTATIONS The SEA “happy hour” poster session is an inclusive and well-attended event at each annual conference. Papers not accepted for oral presentation are automatically eligible for inclusion in the poster session. Scholars whose work may not fit the central theme of the meeting are encouraged to submit a poster. The SEA always welcomes posters on any topic in economic anthropology.  

TECHNOLOGIES AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF ECONOMIES From early iron forging, to ceramic monetary systems, to recent currency “creations” such as bit-coin; from gathering and hunting food harvesting technologies, to farming communities seeking cell phone based climate forecasting, to booms and busts of silicon valley and the digital age, technology has been ever-present in human economic life, past and present. Technology, whether prehistoric inventions such as the wheel, or 21st century wireless communication, intersects with social and economic life and transforms human experience.

In the ancient world technological innovations were linked to the intensification of agriculture to feed growing populations; they permitted the extension of trade routes; and they expedited the extraction and transformation of mineral resources. In many instances, technological transformations made the impossible possible, allowing for the effects of climate and geography to be mitigated for the purposes of food production. The Early Modern Atlantic World itself was the product of technological innovations spurred by economic competition between world empires. In the subsequent Industrial Age, the connections between technology and economic expansion intensified, contributing to a scale of socio-economic inequality not previously seen.

In more recent times, we see an explosion of interest in the use of new technologies to solve pressing and cross-cutting problems of social, economic and political development. Scholarly literature and popular media are replete with success stories: workers and freelancers generating higher revenues thanks to the availability of mobile phones; migrants wiring needed cash home using mobile banking and financial formats; entrepreneurs engaging in direct exchange with customers using online platforms and electronic payments and currencies; farmers using internet-based market price bulletins and mobile phones to negotiate for higher prices for their agricultural products; e-health using wireless applications to promote health services in remote and underserved areas; e-government initiatives to curtail corruption and red tape procedures; and smart mobs employing social media (websites, YouTube, twitter, etc.) to mobilize and escalate protests in times of political and economic crises (Rheingold 2003). These technologies are engendering new ways of doing business and innovative economic exchanges, changing practices of self-representation, diverse modalities of engaging the nation state and emergent “recursive publics” (Kelty 2008), and novel forms of collaboration, irrespective of space and time constraints (Latham and Sassen 2005).

However, these new technologies raise critical questions: are the uses of these technologies changing political, economic and social dynamics? Is the “information/knowledge society” an inclusive one that accommodates the needs and aspirations of the poor and the marginalized?

Without doubt social-cultural life, whether in the present age of the internet of things, or past mechanical eras, is marked by a rapid speed of technical innovation, and societies eventually take advances for granted and create normative conditions for their use. As Horst and Miller (2012) recently argued “what we experience is not a technology per se but an immediately culturally inflected genre of usage.” Consequently, the key for anthropology is to investigate these nascent technologies before they become “rapidly mundane” (ibid). This is important because it enables us to understand how technologies are changing human lives and cultures around the world, but also vice-versa: how cultural meanings and practices can change technologies to ensure that they enhance people’s lives and values rather than constrain or limit them.

We seek papers that explore different historical and spatial “sites” where technologies, economies and social-cultural life intersect in powerful ways. Potential themes for exploration include: the linkages between the historical development of technologies, economic systems, and social-cultural change; the role of technology in exchange and trade; livelihoods and technology; technological innovations, choices, and political economic strategies; information technology and economic development; ontological questions of economic life in the technological age, and methodological issues in the study of technologies and economies. The topic is inherently interdisciplinary, demanding diversity in temporal scale, analytical unit and theoretical orientation, and thus we welcome submissions from socio-cultural anthropologists, archaeologists, economists, geographers, sociologists, historians, and applied and practicing social scientists.

PAPER AND POSTER ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 15, 2014

Abstracts of proposed papers and posters should be no more than 500 words. Abstracts are due no later than December 15th, 2014. Abstracts must include the following sections: problem statement and theoretical frame, methodology, results, and implications. At the top of your 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.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION AND FEES

WEBSITE for registration is COMING SOON!  Registration is $100 for members, $125 for nonmembers and $70 for students. Please note that refunds can be issued up to one month in advance of the meetings in the case that your abstract is not accepted.

PROGRAM CHAIRS: CONTACT INFORMATION

Hsain Ilahiane, Department of Anthropology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506, hsain.ilahiane[at]uky[dot]edu, phone: 859-257-6920.

Marcie L. Venter, Department of Anthropology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506, marcie.venter[at]uky[dot]edu, phone: 859-257-2710.

More info on the meeting