CONFERENCE: Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) Annual Meeting “The Political Economy of Cities”, San Antonio USA, 22.-24.03.12

Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) Annual Meeting
22-24 March 2012
San Antonio, Texas

Program Chairs: Dolores Koenig ( ) and Ty Matejowsky ( )

THEME: The Political Economy of Cities

The Annual Meeting of the Society for Economic Anthropology, March 22-24, is focused on the political economy of cities. It offers four major paper sessions on: 1) Planning and Planners: Creating Urban Landscapes; 2) The Political Economy of Urban Space: Past and Present; 3) Building, Maintaining, and Changing Urban Economies; and 4) The Political Economy of Ideologies of Urban Identities. There are also two poster sessions that look at complementary issues in the political economy of cities and economic anthropology.

The papers and posters talk about metropolitan areas around the world, including: prehistoric centers such as Buenavista del Cayo, Belize (Maya); Rome; and Sisulpalgarh, India; contemporary cities such as Port Elizabeth, South Africa; Lusaka, Zambia; Tema, Ghana; Porto Alegre, Brazil; Oaxaca, Mexico; Antigua, Guatemala; urban Haiti; Hong Kong; Baguio City, Philippines; and Nowa Huta, Poland; and, in North America, Southern California, Cook County, IL, and Toronto.

The SEA conference is purposely small, just what we believe makes for an intellectually powerful exchange among people of goodwill, people who are new scholars and senior scholars, and mid-career scholars, people with fieldwork from all over the world. Every presenter gets 20 minutes to discuss their paper, followed by 20 minutes of discussion about it and about the ideas it raises. There are no concurrent sessions, so that means everyone participates in every paper. And everyone attends the poster sessions. This kind of environment is unique and a treasure for those of us who know how productive and fun it is. We invite you to come, to experience our unique way of advancing scholarship.

See the complete provisional program at:

Meeting City:
The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio, a historic North American city formed around five 18th century missions, is now undergoing urban growth oriented around mixed use development in the municipal core and the integration of the contemporary city with the older missions. Thus, it is a great place to have a meeting focused on the political economy of cities. Moreover San Antonio will be fun, with great weather and amenities. The hotel is next to the city’s famous Riverwalk, with numerous shops, music venues, restaurants, museums and art galleries. Local host Richard Reed from Trinity University is helping us make this meeting very special. After the meeting on Sunday morning, we offer the option of two tours on urban redevelopment: 1) a walking tour north to the redeveloped Pearl Brewery, with shops, great restaurants and the campus of the Culinary Institute of America; or 2) a van tour south of downtown where trails lead to restored natural riparian areas and four 18th century missions.

For more information on venue and registration, see:

Dolores Koenig
Department of Anthropology
American University
Washington, D.C.