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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 SEA conference is 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:
- Political Economy – such as processes of institutional development, complexity of water management systems, water privatization, indigenous sovereignty, social movements, water justice, and water conflicts.
- 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.
- Health – such as water insecurity, water quality, contamination and pollution, waterborne disease, emotional well-being, and mental health.
- 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.
We request abstracts for both papers and posters on these topics. Please indicate whether your abstract is for a paper, a poster or either.
Proposed papers must pertain to the meeting theme. However, SEA meetings also include a poster session that showcases all work in economic anthropology. The SEA welcomes poster abstracts on any aspect of economic anthropology. The poster session at SEA meetings is a highly-attended event scheduled as its own session.
Abstract deadline is October 15, 2017.
Abstracts of proposed papers and posters should be no more than 500 words. Abstracts are advised to include the following information: problem statement or theoretical frame, methodology, findings, and implications. If you submit a paper 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.
To submit an abstract, you must first register for the conference through the American Anthropological Association (AAA). To register for the conference, please click here.
When: March 1–3, 2018
With special field event on March 4, 2018
Where: Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona