2019 SALSA XII Sesquiannual Conference – Vienna

2019 SALSA XII Sesquiannual Conference Vienna2019 SALSA XII Sesquiannual Conference – Vienna, Austria

The 2019 XII Sesquiannual Conference of SALSA was held June 27-30, 2019 at Weltmuseum Wien in Vienna, with Claudia Augustat (Weltmuseum) responsible for general conference organization, and Juan Alvaro Echeverri (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Amazonia), responsible for the academic program.

Conference Highlights

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Anne-Christine Taylor offered the Keynote Lecture, titled “Mismatches: Museums, Anthropology and Amazonia

Clarice Cohn (Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil) and William H. Fisher (College of William and Mary, USA) organized a Debate on Policy Setbacks and Rights Reversals faced by Indigenous Brazilians under Bolsonaro and how to Fight Back.

Elizabeth Ewart (Oxford) and Laura Graham (University of Iowa) organized a new version of Conversations in the Lobby, around the issue of (Gendered) vulnerabilities and fieldwork.

It was presented the Photo-Exhibition Forest of Mirrors, which is the result of a collaboration between anthropologist Stine Krøijer and photographer Mike Kollöffel. The material was generated through fieldwork in the Ecuadorian Amazon between 2014 and 2017, and it visually conveys the relationship between nature and culture in light of Sieko-Pai cosmology.

Five Film screenings, of recent productions by SALSA members.

The SALSA Conference Dinner was hold in the historical ambiance of the magnificent Hall of Columns (Säulenhalle) of the Weltmuseum Wien, which is located at the Corps des Logis of the Imperial Palace (Hofburg). This part of the Hofburg was built between 1902 and 1907 and was designed by the famous architect Gottfried Semper.

SALSA Membership General Meeting

Academic Program

Thematic Panels, Workshop and Thematic Sessions

Presenters and Abstracts

Poster presentations

Special Meetings


Conference Venue

Published papers and books derived from this conference

The papers and presentations of the debate Policy Setbacks and Rights Reversals faced by Indigenous Brazilians under Bolsonaro and how to Fight Back, organized by William Fisher and Clarice Cohn were published on our website: see here.

The papers of the panel “Urban Imaginaires in Native Amazonia” were edited, by Fernando Santos-Granero and Emanuele Fabiano as a book with the same title.

The Keynote Lecture by Anne-Christine Taylor, “Mismatches: Museums, Anthropology and Amazonia“, was published in the journal  Tipití: https://digitalcommons.trinity.edu/tipiti/vol17/iss1/3/

The papers of the panel 2: Creating, Transforming, Transmitting… – Creative Processes in Myth, Ritual and the Everyday in Lowland South America, organized by Ernst Halbmayer & Anne Goletz were edited as a book with the title Creation and creativity in indigenous Lowland South America: Anthropological Perspectives(Berghan, 2023).


View photos of the XII SALSA Conference in Vienna (by Weltmuseum Wien, Jeremy Campbell and Fernando Santos-Granero).

Around Vienna

–Carlos D. Londoño Sulkin (SALSA President 2017-2020), Jeremy M. Campbell (SALSA President-Elect 2020-2023), Laura Zanotti (Secretary-Treasurer 2017-2020), Claudia Augustat (SALSA 2019 Conference Organizer), Juan Alvaro Echeverri (SALSA 2019 Academic Program Chair), Glenn Shepard (SALSA Webmaster).

Photographs: Weltmuseum Wien (https://www.weltmuseumwien.at), The Vienna City hall (https://www.wien.gv.at/)