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AAA Annual Meeting Announcement (View all AAA Annual Meeting Announcements)
AAA 2013 CFP: RESOURCEFULNESS: commodity/resource intersections in contemporary East Asia
Sponsor: Society for East Asian Anthropology
Contact Information
Eric J. Cunningham
As environmental anthropologists working in China and Japan, we are interested in organizing a panel for the this year’s American Anthropological Association meetings in Chicago focused generally on natural resource commodities in East Asia, with the paragraph below as an abstract for the panel. If interested in participating please send your abstract for papers (250 words per the conference requirements) to Brendan Galipeau (, and Eric Cunningham ( before March 25th so as to allow us time to assemble the panel and give everyone time to register and submit their individual abstracts online before the April 15th deadline. We hope to be able to put together a rich and intriguing set of presentations. RESOURCEFULNESS: commodity/resource intersections in contemporary East Asia In East Asia, as across the globe, practices of free-market capitalism have depended on and helped to emphasize “natural resources” as an ontological category. National and international economic policies and practices have compelled local actors to recognize elements in their environments as resources with the potential to be valorized as commodities. Often, this has resulted in transformations of practices and understandings related to environments. Papers in this session address intersections between “commodities” and “resources” using case-studies from contemporary East Asia to look at the ways in which local actors are responding to shifts in global environmental practices.
Keywords: resources | East Asia | commodities
Submission Deadline:
This announcement will be displayed until: 04/10/2013
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