2023 XIV SALSA Biennial Conference

XIV SALSA Biennial Conference 2023

Visions and Futures: Amazonia from the Roots

Amazon Triple Frontier Brazil-Colombia-Peru

SALSA XIV BIENNIAL CONFERENCEThe Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America (SALSA) is pleased to announce that its XIV SALSA Biennial Conference, with the theme “Visions and Futures: Amazonia from the Roots,” will take place from 27-30 July 2023 in the Amazon Triple Frontier Brazil-Colombia-Peru. It will be hosted by the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Leticia, in association with the Universidad Nacional de la Amazonia Peruana (UNAP) and the Universidade Federal do Amazonas (UFAM) (Brazil).

See the Conference Organizing Committee.

In-situ registration (to receive badge and conference materials) will be open at the Amazonia Campus on Tuesday July 25 and Wednesday July 26, 9:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00.

The Conference’s Welcome Reception will take place on July the 26th, 18:00, at the Maloca of CAPIUL, Calle 7 x Carrera 5, Leticia.


SALSA 2023 Panels

Thematic Panels

SALSA 2023 Workshops


SALSA 2023 Special Events

Special Events



SALSA 2023 Films




SALSA 2023 Presenters&Papers

Presenters and Abstracts

Visions and Futures: Amazonia from the Roots

Casa HIja Gabriel VargasMore attuned to the immersive experience of fieldwork than the scholarly exchange in a conference room, the academic program of this SALSA 2023 Biennial Conference will develop organically amid the populations, environments, institutions, and nations that are at the heart of SALSA’s values and mission. Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Universidade Federal do Amazonas (Brazil), and Universidad Nacional de la Amazonia Peruana are three universities strongly committed to broadening border cooperation and the participation of Indigenous and traditional peoples in research and higher education. We aim to host a conference that puts diversity, transnational cooperation, symmetric dialogue, and intercultural exchange at its center, as these are experienced and sustained in Lowland South America, in all academic and social activities. The indigenization and decolonization of anthropological knowledge are central to this aim, so various aspects of this conference will be designed to achieve these core aims. We have made room for a category of ‘Special Events’, in addition to the age-old Thematic Panels and Workshops, that open up new modes of exchange beyond academic interests (public policy issues, Indigenous peoples and higher education systems, frontier integration, and so many others). These Events encourage members to feel and reflect on how we go about co-producing and sharing knowledge with research participants, communities, collaborators and policymakers. In keeping with SALSA’s convivial tradition of hosting ‘Conversations in the Lobby’, SALSA 2023 will turn this event into ‘Conversations in the Maloca.’ We seek to  integrate Amazonian styles of conversation into open-ended, reflective discussions about the future and vision of SALSA— and more closely approximate the legacy of Steven Rubenstein, which gave birth to this SALSA tradition.

We invite SALSA members to think creatively about the content and form of their proposals for Thematic Panels, Workshops and Special Events. This may be by facilitating symmetric exchange with Indigenous/traditional intellectuals and participants as well as with scholars and practitioners in other fields, or by reflecting about the changes taking place in the region. We hope you feel encouraged to think widely and inclusively about conversational partners, and the meanings, methodologies and relevance of our research in Lowland South America today.

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