2017 XI Sesquiannual Conference – Lima Peru

2017 SALSA XI Sesquiannual Conference – Lima, Perú

The SALSA XI Sesquiannual Conference in LimaThe SALSA XI Sesquiannual Conference was held July 20-23, 2017 at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, with Oscar Espinosa (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú) responsible for general conference organization, and Harry Walker (London School of Economics and Political Science) and Laura Zanotti (Purdue University) responsible for the academic program.

Conference Highlights

Richard Chase-Smith 2017 SALSA XI Sesquiannual Conference - Lima, Perú

Richard Chase-Smith

Richard Chase Smith delivered the Keynote lecture, titled “The Remarkable Power of Community, Collective Memory and Deep Historical Identity: Lessons Learned during a Half Century among Indigenous Peoples in South America

Jean-Pierre Chaumeil 2017 SALSA XI Sesquiannual Conference - Lima, Perú

Jean-Pierre Chaumeil

Jean-Pierre Chaumeil offered an Opening lecture “A window into 20 years of Amazonianist anthropology in Perú (1997-2017).” A revised version of this lecture was published in SALSA’s journal Tipití (see here).

Minna Opas, Felipe Milanez, Luis Felipe Torres and Glenn Shepard organized a Special debate on “Indigenous peoples in isolation: terminology, territory and processes of contact”.

Carlos David Londoño organized the fourth session of Conversations in the Lobbydealing with the topic of teaching courses on the anthropology of peoples of lowland South America, with presentations by Jeremy Campbell (Roger Williams University), Juan A. Echeverri (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Amazonia), Carlos D. Londoño Sulkin (University of Regina), Kathleen Lowrey (University of Alberta), Laura Mentore (University of Mary Washington), Daniela Peluso (University of Kent), and Pirjo Virtanen (University of Helsinki). We exchanged syllabi, created and individually responded to a questionnaire about our courses, and kept our email conversation going throughout the 2016-2017 academic year. In the process, we discussed, among other topics, course emphases, teaching philosophies and strategies, the pedagogical challenges we faced, and bibliographies, films, and other resources. Results of this discussion will be published in the new page Teaching Lowland.

Evening tribute in honour of Pat Lyon

Keynote dinner and guided tour at the Larco Museum

In memoriam a special session in honor of Bill Vickers

Exhibition of paintings by indigenous artists

The International Meeting for Intercultural Collaborative Research, which took place  just prior to the conference, brought together experienced anthropologists, indigenous collaborators, indigenous university students and representatives of Atalaya’s Association of Interculturality for three days on the campus of the bilingual and indigenous branch of Universidad Católica Sedes Sapientiae-NOPOKI.

Academic Program

Conference Program


Panel Abstracts (download PDF)

List of presenters and abstracts


–Jonathan Hill (SALSA President), Carlos D. Londoño Sulkin (SALSA President-Elect), Harry Walker and Laura Zanotti (SALSA 2017 Academic Program Chair), Oscar Espinosa (Conference Organizer),  Jeremy Campbell (SALSA Secretary-Treasurer), Glenn Shepard (SALSA Webmaster).