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.


We call artists, illustrators, photographers, designers and visual artitst over the age of 14 from any of the South American lowland countries to create the official image that will be part of the poster, the academic program and the informative material of the different digital media of the SALSA 2023 Conference.

Complete information here: https://www.salsa-tipiti.org/conferences/salsa-2023_nt/concurso-imagen/ (only in Spanish and Portuguese)

Deadline: 17 March 2023

Conference Highlights

SALSA 2023 Keynote DialogueThe Keynote Lecture of the SALSA 2023 Biennial Conference of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America will be in the form of a Keynote Dialogue. The Keynote Dialogue innovates on the classic “keynote lecture” by a single speaker, to promote a more dialogic and inclusive approach to knowledge sharing. This year it will be delivered in the form of a joint lecture between an Indigenous and a non-indigenous scholar: João Paulo Lima Barreto and Tania Stolze Lima.


SALSA 2023 Panels
SALSA 2023 Workshops
SALSA 2023 Special Events

Reminder Call for Individual Proposals

Natalia Buitron, Academic Program Chair, 11 January 2023

This is a quick reminder for the call for individual proposals for Panels, Workshops and Special Events of the XIV SALSA Biennial Conference 2023.

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Message from Natalia Buitron, Academic Program Chair (23 October, 2022)

Please take a look at this quick video where I answer some FAQs and give more details about the conference!

The video is in Spanish so please remember to switch on the personalized subtitle option for English and Portuguese on YouTube. You can do this by going to “Settings” and then “Subtitles”.

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.

–Jeremy M. Campbell (SALSA President 2020-2023), Laura R. Graham (SALSA President-Elect 2023-2027), Simone Athayde (Secretary-Treasurer 2022-2025), Juan Alvaro Echeverri (SALSA 2023 Conference Organizer & SALSA Webmaster), Natalia Buitron (SALSA 2023 Academic Program Chair).

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