SALSA VIII Sesquiannual Conference

SALSA viii sesquiannual conference

2013 SALSA VIII Sesquiannual Conference – Nashville, USA

The VIII Sesquiannual Conference of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America (SALSA) took place in Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, March 7-10, 2013, with Beth A. Conklin (Vanderbilt University) as conference organizer, and Carlos Londoño Sulkin (University of Regina) as Academic Program Chair, with the support of Jeremy Campbell (Roger Williams University).

Conference Highlights

The keynote lecture was delivered by Anthony Seeger (Emeritus Professor, UCLA and Director Emeritus, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings), with the title Speech, Music, and Place from the Grand Ole Opry to the Grander, Older, Amazon and Orinoco.

Carlos David Londoño organized a special session called Conversations in the Lobby. This event was planned in fond memory of Steven Rubenstein’s unfailing presence in hotel lobbies at AAA and SALSA meetings, where he was a nexus for networking within our anthropological tribe, and generous in sharing copious avuncular advice with colleagues, peers, and students. In the spirit of continuing his legacy of professional insight and connectivity, speakers were invited to provide counsel on matters of professional relations, and allow ample time for discussion. Speakers: Glenn Shepard, “Tweet Tropiques: Some thoughts on anthropology, blogging and writing outside the box” and Carlos D. Londoño Sulkin, “The politics of citation”. This was the first

George Mentore and Carlos D. Londoño Sulkin organized a debate around the motion: “Let it be resolved that: over the last two decades, to the benefit of indigenous peoples, a marked moral shift has occurred in the sympathies of Hollywood and of popular media in general.” For the Motion: Laura Mentore (University of Mary Washington) and Jeffrey Ehrenreich (University of New Orleans). Against the Motion: Jean Jackson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and George Mentore (University of Virginia)

Academic Program

Conference Program and Abstracts

Published papers derived from this conference

Tipiti Special Topics issue on Amazonian Quichua: It collects contributions which are part of the panel “Contributions of Amazonian Quichua Culture and Language Research to the Study of Lowland South American Peoples”,  organized y Michael Uzendoski and Norman Whitten.


–Beth Conklin (SALSA President), Carlos D. Londoño Sulkin  (SALSA 2014 Academic Program Chair), Jeremy Campbell (SALSA Secretary-Treasurer-Webmaster), and Carlos D. Londoño Sulkin (SALSA President-Elect)