SALSA Conferences

The Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America organized a conference sesquiannually (every one and a half years) up to the XI conference in Lima. Since the XII conference in Vienna, SALSA conferences will continue to be organized biennially. 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 twelve 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 papers, as well as research posters, film showings, workshops, discussion forums, publication exchanges, museum receptions, and other events.

Keynote speakers (in chronological order) have been: John Hemming  (Chairman, Amazon Charitable Trust, former Director, Royal Geographic Society), Eduardo Viveiros de Castro  (Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro), Ellen Basso (University of Arizona), Steven Hugh-Jones  (King’s College, Cambridge University), Joanna Overing  (University of St. Andrews); Claude Lévi-Strauss (Collège de France), Clark Erickson  (University of Pennsylvania), Davi Kopenawa Yanomami (President, Hutukara), Anthony Seeger (Department of Ethnomusicology, UCLA), Alf Hornborg (Lund University), William Balée (Tulane University), Richard Chase Smith  (Instituto del Bien Común, Perú), and Anne-Christine Taylor (CNRS, France).

SALSA Thirteenth Biennial Conference

SALSA XIII Biennial Conference will be held in Virginia (USA) in June 2021. Conference organizer: George Mentore (University of Virginia).

Note: Since the XII Conference in Vienna, SALSA Conferences will be held biennially.

Past conferences

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

Weltmuseumwien_largerxii SALSA Sesquiannual Conference ViennaKeynote 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). Opening Lecture: Jean-Pierre Chaumeil (CNRS, France). Conference Organizer: Oscar Espinosa (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú); Academic Program Chairs: Harry Walker (London School of Economics) and Laura Zanotti (Purdue University)

Tenth Sesquiannual Conference: New Orleans, USA, 8-10 January 2016


Keynote speaker: William Balée (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

2014Keynote speaker:  Alf Hornborg (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).

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

2013Keynote speaker: Anthony Seeger (Department of Ethnomusicology, UCLA). 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

2011Keynote 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

2010Keynote speaker: Clark Erickson  (University of Pennsylvania). Conference organizers: Steven Rubenstein (University of Liverpool), Richard Reed (Trinity University), Michael Cepek (University of Texas, San Antonio), and Javier Ruedas (University of New Orleans).

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

2008Keynote speaker in Oxford: Joanna Overing  (University of St. Andrews); in Paris, Claude Lévi-Strauss (Collège de France) addressed the conference by video. Conference organizers: Laura Rival (Oxford University) and Philippe Erikson (Université de Paris–X).

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

2007Keynote speaker: Steven Hugh-Jones  (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

2005Keynote speaker: Ellen Basso (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

2004Keynote speaker: Eduardo Viveiros de Castro  (Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro). Conference organizer: Janet Chernela (Florida International University).

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

2002Keynote 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

2001Conference organizers: William Balée (Professor, Department of Anthropology, Tulane University) and Jeffrey Ehrenreich (Professor, Department of Anthroplogy, University of New Orleans).

The prehistory: The Bennington Meetings, 1970s-1990s

Ken Kensinger The Bennington MeetingsThe Bennington Meetings were annual weekend gatherings hosted for many years by Kenneth Kensinger, a legendarily generous and insightful colleague. Each summer, Ken welcomed nouveau-Amazonianist graduate students and eminent scholars alike, to gather in his home at Bennington College in rural Vermont. SALSA’s collegial and inclusive ethos draws its inspiration from these meetings.