The conferences of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America (SALSA) 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 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 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.
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).
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 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.