It is that time of year, when we consider our travel budgets and propose sessions and papers for the Fall AAA meetings. This year the meetings will be in San Jose, CA, Nov 14-18.
The theme is Change in the Anthropological Imagination addressing resistance, resilience, and adaptation from a wide range of perspectives.
“What can holism tell us about social change in the past, present, and future? How have the processes of resistance, resilience, and adaptation shaped our species? How have societies in the past dealt with dramatic social changes and reorganization? What can be learned by examining the many forces that influence peoples’ understandings and reactions to transformation and stasis, both cross-culturally and across time? Can an anthropological understanding of change improve our ability to envision and undertake new forms of local and global cooperation? Finally, what are the possibilities that we as anthropologists can imagine for our shared futures?”
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.
If you’re a student who works in the area of economic anthropology, you should submit a research paper to the Schneider Student Paper Prize competition! If you know a student who works in this area, you should encourage them to submit, too.
The deadline to submit papers for the 2017 competition is June 1. See here for more details about the competition and to see past winners.
Volume 4, issue 1 of Economic Anthropology is now available.
Please have a look at the 10 exciting new articles spanning a wide variety of topics, AND, be sure to check out our new SYMPOSIUM section with FREE ACCESS to all. These are 5 short essays that each respond to the same question. In this first issue, the question is: How can economic anthropology contribute to a more just world? Authors of these essays include:
- Gillian Tett
- Keith Hart
- Alf Hornborg
- Jane Guyer
- Rick Wilk
Articles in this issue:
Roads, value, and dispossession in Baja California Sur, Mexico
- Authors: Ryan Anderson
The hidden labor of repayment: Women, credit, and strategies of microenterprise in northern Honduras
- Authors: Lauren A. Hayes
Space, female economies, and autonomy in the shotgun neighborhoods of Port?au?Prince, Haiti
- Authors: Vincent Joos
Oil territorialities, social life, and legitimacy in the Peruvian Amazon
- Authors: Peter Bille Larsen
Drivers and deterrents of entrepreneurial enterprise in the risk?prone Global South
- Authors: Brandon D. Lundy, Mark Patterson, Alex O’Neill
The semiotics of carbon: Atmospheric space, fungibility, and the production of scarcity
- Authors: Raquel Machaqueiro
A subtle economy of time: Social media and the transformation of Indonesia’s Islamic preacher economy
- Authors: Martin Slama
Don’t mix Paxil, Viagra, and Xanax: What financiers’ jokes say about inequality
- Authors: Daniel Souleles
A space for secondhand goods: Trading the remnants of material life in Hong Kong
- Authors: Trang X. Ta
From externality in economics to leakage in carbon markets: An anthropological approach to market making
- Authors: Shaozeng Zhang
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.
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)
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)