The conferences of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America (SALSA) strive 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 sesquiannual (every one and a half years) conferences since the Society was organized in 2001. Since the XII conference in Vienna, SALSA conferences will continue to be organized biennially. 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 thematic panels and workshops, as well as research posters, film screenings, discussion forums, publication exchanges, museum receptions, and other events.
While the trajectories of COVID-19 and the resultant global economic downturn remain uncertain, it is reasonable to assume they will continue to have a significant impact. Human health, international travel, and institutional budgets have been devastated and will take time to recover. For these and other substantive reasons, we have made the decision to take SALSA XIII online. The University of Virginia will be hosting a virtual conference over ten days, from June 21st to June 25th and June 28th to July 2nd, 2021 (see more here). Opening Lecture by Dan Rosengren (University of Gothenburg), Keynote Address by Janet Chernela (University of Maryland). Conference organizer: George Mentore (University of Virginia); Academic Program Chair: Laura Mentore (University of Mary Washington).
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).
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)
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)
Keynote 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).
Keynote 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).
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).
Keynote 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).
Keynote 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).
Bennington and Organizing Meetings
Organizing meeting: Indigenous Amazonia at the Millennium: Politics and Religion: New Orleans, LA, USA, 11-14 January 2001
The Bennington Meetings were annual weekend gatherings hosted by Kenneth Kensinger, a legendarily generous and insightful colleague. Each summer, Ken welcomed graduate students and eminent scholars alike, to gather in his home in rural Vermont. SALSA’s collegial and inclusive ethos draws its inspiration from these meetings.