I hope this message finds you well as you prepare to go back to teaching (in all its various and strange forms, old and new). The Board and I wish you safety and fulfilment in broadening the minds of future generations.

I’m writing with some news from the SEA. As always, forgive the bullets!

  • The SEA invites your submissions for AAA’s fall “Raising our Voices” online program running November 5th – November 14th. We are interested in reviewing a wide range of proposals for both “on demand” and “livestream” content (see AAA’s CFP here). We are thankful to Program Chair A.J. Faas and the rest of the committee (Allison Harnish, Olubukola “Bukky” Olayiwola, & Meg du Bray). We encourage, in particular, your ideas for specifically anti-racist programming in support of the SEA’s Juneteenth Statement of Solidarity.
  • Great thanks to former Prez Bram Tucker and new board member Kristin Phillips who are leading the SEA Inclusive Syllabus Project, designed to broaden our cannon. They are working to review all the submissions and to thematically structure a reading list that will be available to all members as a teaching resource.
  • The SEA Spring Meeting (2021) on “Landscapes of Value, Economies of Place” is shaping up! We have decided to take the meeting online given uncertainty and as a means to accommodate the significant number of members with restricted travel budgets (thanks to those who took the survey). We are grateful to Program Chairs Brad Jones and Andrea Rissing who are already putting in a ton of work to ensure a fabulous and engaging online meeting. Please see the CFP here.
  • Third, I am thrilled to tell you that the SEA is preparing to launch a new blog/podcast series in January of 2021. Featuring economic anthro analysis of contemporary events, interviews with authors and conversations with economists — this multimedia blog (tentatively titled “Mergers and Aquisitions”) presents an excellent opportunity to expand our reach and relevance. More information will be forthcoming but I wanted to take this opportunity to extend a very sincere thanks to Jennifer Huberman, Aneil Tripathy, Kelly McKowan and Ipshita Ghosh for forming our first editorial team and helping to get the idea off the ground!
  • Finally, the SEA is looking for fieldwork photographs that we might feature on our website. If you have anything good that you don’t mind sharing in a public platform (with acknowledgment of course!), please do send it our way!

My very best to all!

Cindy Isenhour (SEA President 2019 – 2021)