Announcing the 2018 SEA Annual Meeting on Water & Economy

We are excited to announce that the 2018 Society for Economic Anthropology Annual Meeting on "Water & Economy" will be held at Arizona State University on March 1-3, 2018.
Medical anthropologists are especially welcome, and our call for papers invites submissions on water and health.
We will send out further updates when the registration website opens for submissions. We hope you will join us!
Amber Wutich
Professor of Anthropology
Director, Center for Global Health
Arizona State University


Society for Economic Anthropology Annual Meeting 2018
Theme: Water and Economy
Date: March 1-3, 2018
Program Chairs: Amber Wutich & Melissa Beresford
Where: Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Water is Life. The refrain of water rights activists globally is an invitation to consider the many ways in which water is essential to human economy, environments, and health. The theme of this Society for Economic Anthropology conference will be on exploring the role of water in human economic life - from studies of water management in ancient societies, to irrigation in agrarian settings, to informal economies of water in squatter settlements, to social movements to secure a human right to water. Participation is invited in four general tracks:

1. Political Economy - such as processes of institutional development, complexity of water management systems, water privatization, indigenous sovereignty, social movements, water justice, and water conflicts.

2. Environment & Ecology - such as the role of water-related ecological disturbances (e.g., droughts, floods, climate change) in shaping human economic activity; or the interface of ecology and economics-including natural capital, ecosystem services, landscape impacts and use, and sustainability.

3. Health - such as water insecurity, water quality, contamination and pollution, waterborne disease, emotional well-being, and mental health.

4. Values - economic, social, and cultural values of water, including the ways that water is monetized, bought, and traded; how water and access to water is central to issues of class and social structure; or the historical, symbolic, and ritual meanings of water.
These are suggestions, designed to stimulate but not constrain ideas. We welcome papers that investigate any aspect of water and economy, including papers that cross-cut these categories or take the field in new directions.
Abstracts are due on October 15, 2017.
The 2018 meeting of the SEA will be held at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. A block of 55 rooms ($189.00) has been reserved at a discount rate on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Graduate Tempe. The Graduate, a retro hotel situated across the street from ASU, houses two restaurants: Tapacubo and The Normal Diner. Reservations can be made at the group rate by phone or online (link to be released soon). Please indicate that you are with the Society for Economic Anthropology to receive the discounted group rate. In Tempe in spring, it pays to book your accommodation as early as possible.
The nearest airport is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which is just five miles away from ASU's campus. Light rail, shuttle, and taxi options are available and local transportation information can be found on the airport website.
Arizona State University is located in the Sonoran Desert.

Metropolitan Phoenix is built on the Hohokam canal system (600-1450 AD). Today, the groundwork laid by the Hohokam forms the basis of the canal system that brings Phoenix residents their drinking water. ASU's location in this historic desert site provides an exciting setting to consider the role of water in shaping human economic and social organization over time and across cultures. The SEA Conference will offer an opportunity to learn more about Hohokam lifeways and water management in a private fieldtrip to the Pueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Faculty members of Arizona State University's Archaeology program will organize the fieldtrip.

Tempe and the greater Phoenix area also offers many regional attractions. From museums to hiking to live performances right on ASU's Tempe campus, you will find plenty to do!

Some local highlights:
Downtown Tempe's Mill District & Tempe Town Lake
Desert Botanical Garden
Pueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park
Heard Museum of American Indian Art & History

For those who wish to venture further afield, the red rocks of Sedona and the Grand Canyon are just a few hours' drive away.

ASU's Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) is directed under the leadership of anthropologist Dr. H. Russell Bernard. ISSR offers popular methods workshops taught by faculty in the social sciences. ISSR is working with the SEA Conference to provide methods workshops to interested participants. Possible workshop topics include: Qualitative Data Analysis, Content Analysis, Grounded Theory for Anthropologists, and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA).

The SEA Conference on "Water and Economy" will be hosted by ASU's Center for Global Health and anthropology programs, part of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. ASU's anthropology programs include archaeology, sociocultural anthropology, medical anthropology, evolutionary anthropology, and bioarchaeology. The school also offers degrees in global health, environmental social sciences, applied mathematics, and museum studies.

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