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What is the Symposium on Anthropology and Entrepreneurship?

Thanks to a sponsorship from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the AAA is pleased to announce the Third Annual Symposium on Anthropology and Entrepreneurship, to be held as part of the AAA’s 2022 Annual Meeting in Seattle, November 9-13.

AAA is soliciting proposed papers highlighting promising research by anthropologists on entrepreneurship, and we are especially interested in a mix of papers based on research from around the world, not just North America. The Symposium will feature research that has direct practical application in business and entrepreneurship and that addresses solutions to pressing environmental, economic and social problems. Among the research areas of particular interest are:

  1. entrepreneurial behavior and the social, cultural, and economic institutions that facilitate the emergence and ongoing support of such behavior;
  2. innovative approaches to entrepreneurship training and development;
  3. partnerships and financial instruments that support new enterprises; and
  4. innovative approaches to enterprises that explicitly aim to serve public interests and/or urgent social needs.

Proposed papers must involve systematic observations and engagement or participation – they may not be solely theoretical or conceptual models. They may be drawn from ethnographic research, mixed methods research, and/or case studies, and may consider comparisons across cultural settings around the world. Keeping in mind the problems faced by small enterprises, downsizing businesses, franchise models, and of enterprises across different sectors of the economy, we welcome papers addressing urgent questions like succession in family business, no growth companies, startup culture, innovative approaches to credit and capital formation, informal economy, entrepreneurship and change within large companies.

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Symposium Expectations and Logistics

The symposium will feature three or four presentations selected from paper abstracts submitted in response to this Call, along with a commentary/discussant designated by the Steering Committee. Abstracts need to be submitted by March 10, 2022, and by April 15, the AAA will notify authors who have been selected to take part in the symposium. Selected authors will receive a complimentary Annual Meeting registration and travel assistance. They will be expected to complete a draft paper for exchange among the other Symposium participants by October 1st.

This year’s Annual Meeting will be organized in hybrid fashion, with the Symposium taking place in-person in Seattle, public health conditions permitting. The event will also be live-streamed for audiences to view remotely.

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Registration Information

Selected authors will receive a complimentary Annual Meeting registration and travel assistance.

Note: Presenting a paper in this Symposium will be considered a “major role” in the Annual Meeting.

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Steering Committee

  • Timothy de Waal Malefyt – Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University
  • Kyle Gibson – Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Nebraska
  • Susan Kresnicka – KR&I
  • Inga Treitler – Anthropology Imagination

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  • Submission Deadline: Thursday, March 10, 2022
  • Decisions Announcement: by Friday, April 15, 2022
  • Draft Papers Due: by Saturday, October 1, 2022
  • Seattle Roundtable Discussion: time to be determined between Wednesday, November 9th and Sunday, November 13th

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Submit Your Proposal

Please submit your abstract (no more than 500 words) through this Google Form no later than March 10, 2022. We encourage you to prepare your proposal in a separate document to confirm it is no more than 500 words prior to submitting it through the Google Form.

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Please direct your questions to the AAA Executive Director Ed Liebow through our Contact Form!

Ask about the Kauffman Symposium!

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