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 nine 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, and Alf Hornborg have been keynote speakers.

The Eleventh Sesquiannual Conference will take place in Lima, Peru, July 20-23, 2017


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). Program, Abstracts and Photos


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). Program, Abstracts, Posters and Photos


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) Program


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)  Program and selected abstracts      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) Program  Abstracts  Photos


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) Program  Abstracts


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) Program


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) Program


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) Abstracts