The Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America organizes a conference sesquiannually (every one and a half years). SALSA conferences are among the world’s foremost venues for presenting original research on lowland South America. SALSA strives to provide an environment conducive to extensive discussion and exchange of ideas and information among scholars specializing in all fields of lowland South American anthropology and related disciplines.

SALSA has held eleven conferences since the Society was organized in 2001. Ideally (contingent on local host sponsorship), the site of our conference rotates among Europe, South America, and North America. To date, SALSA conferences have included presentations of nearly four hundred papers, as well as research posters, film showings, workshops, discussion forums, publication exchanges, museum receptions, and other events.  John Hemming, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Ellen Basso, Stephen Hugh-Jones, Joanna Overing, Clark Erickson, Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, Anthony Seeger, Alf Hornborg, Richard Chase Smith, and Anne-Christine Taylor have been keynote speakers.

Past conferences

Twelfth Sesquiannual Conference: Vienna, Austria, June 27-30, 2019


Keynote speaker: Anne-Christine Taylor (CNRS, France). Conference Organizer: Claudia Augustat (Weltmuseum Wien); Academic Program Chair: Juan Alvaro Echeverri (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, sede Amazonia).

Eleventh Sesquiannual Conference: Lima, Peru, July 20-23, 2017


Keynote speaker: Richard Chase Smith  (Instituto del Bien Común, Perú). Conference Organizer: Oscar Espinosa (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú); Academic Program Chairs: Harry Walker (London School of Economics) and Laura Zanotti (Purdue University); SALSA Secretary-Treasurer: Jeremy Campbell (Roger Williams University).

Program and abstracts

Tenth Sesquiannual Conference: Tulane, USA, 8-10 January 2016


Keynote speaker: William Balée (Professor, Anthropology, Tulane University). Conference organizers: William Balée (Tulane University), Jeffrey Ehrenreich (University of New Orleans), and Lauren Dodaro (Tulane University). Academic program chair: Laura Zanotti (Purdue University)

Ninth Sesquiannual Conference: Gothenburg, Sweden,  26-29 June 2014


Keynote speaker:  Alf Hornborg (Professor, Human Ecology Division, Lund University). Conference organizers: Dan Rosengren (University of Gothenburg) and Carlos D. Londoño Sulkin (University of Regina), with assistance from Beth A. Conklin (Vanderbilt University) and Jeremy Campbell (Roger Williams University).

Program and abstracts

Eighth Sesquiannual Conference: Nashville, TN, USA, 7-10 March 2013


Keynote speaker: Anthony Seeger (Distinguished Professor, Department of Ethnomusicology, University of California at Los Angeles). Conference organizers: Beth A. Conklin (Vanderbilt University), Carlos Londoño Sulkin (University of Regina), and Jeremy Campbell (Roger Williams University).

Seventh Sesquiannual Conference: Belém, Pará, Brasil, 22-26 June 2011

Keynote speaker: Davi Kopenawa Yanomami (President, Hutukara). Conference organizers: Glenn Shepard (Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi), Marcela Coelho da Souza (Universidade de Brasília), and Claudia Leonor Lopes Garces (Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi).

Sixth Sesquiannual Conference of SALSA: San Antonio TX, USA, 14-17 January 2010

Keynote speaker: Clark Erickson  (Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania). Conference organizers: Steven Rubenstein (University of Liverpool), Richard Reed (Trinity University), Michael Cepek (University of Texas at San Antonio), and Javier Ruedas (University of New Orleans).

Fifth Sesquiannual Conference: Oxford, UK & Paris, France, 17-21 June 2008

Keynote speaker in Oxford: Joanna Overing  (Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, University of St. Andrews) … and in Paris, Claude Lévi-Strauss (Chair of Social Anthropology, Collège de France) addressed the conference by video. Conference organizers: Laura Rival (Oxford University) and Philippe Erikson (Université de Paris–X).

All abstracts

Fourth Sesquiannual Conference: Santa Fe NM, USA, 12-14 January 2007

Keynote speaker: Steven Hugh-Jones  (Fellow in Social Anthropology, King’s College, Cambridge University). Conference organizer: Janet Chernela (University of Maryland) and Alf Hornborg (Lund University).


Third Sesquiannual Conference: Estes Park CO, USA, 10-12 June 2005

Keynote speaker: Ellen Basso (Professor, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona). Conference organizers: Warren Hern (University of Colorado at Boulder) and William Fisher (College of William and Mary).


Second Sesquiannual Conference: Miami FL, USA, 16-18 January 2004

Keynote speaker: Eduardo Viveiros de Castro  (Professor, Program in Social Anthropology, Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro). Conference organizer: Janet Chernela (Florida International University).

First Sesquiannual Conference: Annapolis MD, USA, 7-8 June 2002

Keynote speaker: John Hemming  (Chairman, Amazon Charitable Trust, former Director, Royal Geographic Society). Conference organizer: Donald Pollock (State University of New York at Buffalo).

Organizing meeting: Indigenous Amazonia at the Millennium: Politics and Religion: New Orleans, LA, USA, 11-14 January 2001






Conference organizers: William Balée (Professor, Department of Anthropology, Tulane University) and Jeffrey Ehrenreich (Professor, Department of Anthroplogy, University of New Orleans).