ANNOUNCING our 2020 Spring Meeting, April 30 – May 2, 2020

Hello awesome fellow economic anthropologists!

I am pleased to tell you that we have dates and a theme for our next Spring Meeting, in 2020!

Theme: Economies of Convenience
Place: University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana
Dates: April 30 – May 2, 2020 (to be clear, not one month from now, but 13 months from now).
Courageous organizer: Dr. Rahul Oka

Please joining me in thanking Rahul!

Mark your calendars, if they go 13 months ahead!

Look for the Call for Papers this Fall!

—Bram

Bram Tucker
President, Society for Economic Anthropology
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Georgia
Athens, GA USA

SEA Events at AAA Meetings

From Dolores Koenig, President, Society for Economic Anthropology

Bram Tucker, incoming SEA President, and I would like to welcome all to the AAA meetings. SEA is offering many exciting events.

There are many interesting SEA sessions, which look at issues such as: ethnography in white collar contexts, new energy landscapes in Africa (co-sponsored with Association for Africanist Anthro), the anthropology of corporations (co-sponsored with the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology), the value and authenticity of cultural products, technologies of governance and communication, calculating the value of food, space, and risk, commodity cycles, taxation, consumerism, entrepreneurship, and the middle classes. For more details on these sessions, see the AAA program.
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SEA at AAA in Minneapolis Nov 16-20

Dear SEA members and friends,

We look forward to seeing many of you at the SEA events this year. We have a variety of interesting panels, on diverse topics, including employment and unemployment, moral economies, migration, capitalism.

We also look forward to seeing you at the SEA Business Meeting, Friday, at 12:15. We will talk about the forthcoming SEA meeting on Financialization next April and some other new SEA initiatives. We are also looking for anyone who would like to assist in expanding SEA’s social media presence. We value your input and ideas, so please come.

We also look forward to seeing you at our reception on Friday, at 7:45, as well. Meet other economic anthropologists, have some food and drink in a relaxed atmosphere. Bring your friends.

SEA sponsored sessions at the AAA meetings

Thursday, 8:00 am NEW AFRICAN FRONTIERS: STRATEGIES OF SUPPORT AND ECONOMIC MORALITIES IN MIGRATION (3-0090)

Thursday, 8:00 am POLITICAL ECONOMIC LOGICS: SOLIDARITY ECONOMIES, VIKING FUTURES, AND THE AGENTIVENESS OF THINGS (3-0120)

Thursday, 10:15 am CONCEPTUALIZING THE ECONOMICS OF MIGRATION: REMITTANCES AND THEIR SOCIAL MEANING FOR INDIVIDUALS AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES (3-0455)

Thursday, 4:00 pm MAKING AND REMAKING THE AFRICAN CITY: THE ROLE OF LABOR AND ECONOMIC EXCHANGE IN TRANSFORMING URBAN SPACES (3-1145)

Friday, 8:00 am GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON UNEMPLOYMENT (4-0070) – Invited session cosponsored by Society for the Anthropology of Work and SEA

Friday, 10:15 am THE VALUE OF HOMEOWNERSHIP: TOWARDS AN ANTHROPOLOGY OF MORTGAGE FINANCE (4-0460)

Friday, 12:15 pm SEA BUSINESS MEETING (4-0765) -Come to hear about recent initiatives of SEA

Friday, 4:00 pm POWER AND INTEGRATION: THE POLITICS OF ENERGY AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND EUROPE Invited session cosponsored by the Society for Anthropology of Europe and SEA

Friday, 7:45 pm SOCIETY FOR ECONOMIC ANTHROPOLOGY (SEA) RECEPTION (4-1425)   Come for good fellowship, free food and cash bar

Saturday, 8:00 am MORAL ECONOMY AND THE GOOD LIFE IN AFRICA (5-0110) – Invited session cosponsored by SEA and Association for Africanist Anthropology

Saturday, 8:00 am SPIRITED CAPITALISMS: BECOMING AN ENTREPRENEURIAL SUBJECT (5-0160)

Saturday, 10:15 am DISORDERED WORK AND THE LATE LIBERAL HOUSEHOLD (5-0400)

Saturday, 1:45 pm OFFSHORE ECONOMIES: NEW MARKETS, NEW PRESSURES, NEW QUESTIONS (5-0885) Invited session cosponsored by SEA and the Society for the Anthropology of Work

Sunday, 8:00 am LOCAL ECONOMIES: THE IMPACTS OF OLD AND NEW STRUCTURES

Sunday, 8:00 am TOWARD A MORAL ECONOMY OF GIVING: RETHINKING CHARITY, PHILANTHROPY AND NGOs (6-0070)

Call for 2018 conference program chair

It’s a long way ahead, but SEA would love to hear from you now if you are interested in being Program Chair for the Spring 2018 meetings.

The Society for Economic Anthropology holds annual meetings every spring (in late March or April). These meetings focus on one specific theme in economic anthropology. Recent meetings have been on Risk and Resilience (2016), Technologies and the Transformation of Economies (2015), Energy and Economy (2014), Inequality (2013), and the Political Economy of Cities (2012). This spring (2017), the focus will be Financialization and Beyond: Debt, Money, Wealth, and the Capture of Value.

So where do these themes come from? They come from you, interested economic anthropologists who see the chance to develop a theme of disciplinary and, usually, personal interest. Every year, the SEA Executive Board considers themes proposed by its members for future meetings. We are asking you to propose themes for future SEA meetings. If your topic is chosen, you will become Program Chair(s) for the appropriate meeting.

Why should you volunteer to be Program Chair(s) for the SEA meetings? First and foremost, it will offer you the possibility to gather together a group of colleagues interested in a similar topic. The structure and relatively small size of SEA meetings offers a chance for in depth discussion on a single topic. Second, since program chairs become editors of one of the yearly issues of Economic Anthropology, it offers you the chance to edit a publication on a topic of interest.

For each meeting, we need a Program Chair or Chairs; one or a team can volunteer to chair. We also need a Local Arrangements Coordinator, a person who can facilitate meeting arrangements. The Program Chair/Local Arrangements Coordinator can be the same person or team. However, they may be quite different people, from different places.

We are now looking for possibilities for the Spring 2018 meetings. If you are interested, please send a short paragraph to SEA President, Dolores Koenig (dkoenig@american.edu) as soon as possible. The Board would like to begin discussing possibilities when we meet at the AAA meetings in a couple of weeks.

At this time, we do not need a finished proposal, but a several paragraphs about the theme and the possible program chairs would be useful.