Call for Papers: Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America's Sixth Sesquiannual Meeting

SALSA 2010
January 14-17, 2010
San Antonio, Texas

Call for Papers

The Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America (SALSA) is pleased to announce its Sixth Sesquiannual Meeting to be held at the Hotel Contessa, San Antonio, Texas (US), January 14-17, 2010. The Program Director is Steven Rubenstein; meeting hosts are Richard Reed, Michael Cepek, and Javier Ruedas. Trinity University of San Antonio is providing institutional support. We have a full program and a lively conference planned. In addition to considerable meeting time, there is ample time for seeing old friends and making new ones. Arrive in time for the reception Thursday evening, January 14; take the river taxi to the Saturday reception in the San Antonio Museum of Art’s Latin American wing; and enjoy our annual Saturday evening dinner and distinguished lecture.


SALSA is dedicated to promoting exchanges among scholars interested in lowland South America, its contemporary and past peoples, cultures, economies, and environments. Presentations may be made in Spanish, Portuguese, or English. SALSA meetings offer the opportunity to listen and discuss a wide range material about lowland South American groups. Great effort has been made to assure that all participants could have generous time to hear and discuss each presentation. As we grow in membership, it is becoming more difficult to offer all who wish to present material an audience with all members. We remain committed to providing an opportunity for all interested scholars to present material. Therefore, this year we are offering two venues for scholarly participation. During the mornings, we will have individuals present papers for the entire membership. In the afternoons, we will offer four forums for authors to share and discuss their work in a smaller, more focused setting. In addition, later afternoon workshops will explore critical current issues confronting lowland indigenous peoples.

Individual Presentations
As is conventional with SALSA meetings, mornings will be devoted to extensive presentations of individual work-in-progress. Sixteen papers will be presented in forty minute sessions to the entire membership. We would like to encourage members to use these times to present recent research findings and discuss the material that can benefit from our diverse and perspectives and experience. If you wish to present individually, you must register by October 15 and submit a 100 word abstract.

A New Experiment: Discussion Forums
To promote scholarly exchange, dialogue, and debate, we will highlight a new experiment in SALSA meetings: we will organize four “forums,” to run concurrently, on specific themes. These forums will allow members to discuss finished work with a more specialized group of ten to twelve people. Presenters will submit finished papers before the meetings and be provided electronic copies of other papers. Forum time will be devoted to discussing these papers. Members who choose not to share material in the forum will participate as discussants, bringing their expertise to the material in open discussion to the papers presented We ask that all attendees take part in a forum, either as a presenter or discussant.

When SALSA members register, you will indicate your first choice and your second choice for forum, and whether you wish to submit a paper or act as discussant. We wish to make clear that to our way of thinking, discussing is at least as important a role as sharing a paper. For funding and reimbursement purposes, this means that all people attending the Sixth Sesquiannual meetings will have an official role; discussants will be given certificates attesting to their formal participation.

To submit a paper to a forum, please provide a brief (100 word) description of the paper you would prepare for your first choice panel, and an equally brief description of the paper you would prepare for your second choice panel. If you wish to submit a paper to a panel, you must register by October 15. Completed papers must be submitted no later than Monday December 14, as PDFs or Word 97-2003 documents, to the Program Director ( All papers will be distributed electronically to panel members and discussants to be read prior to the meeting.

These are the themes of the four forums:
1. Body, soul, state, and world market: integrating levels of analysis in greater
2. Redefining language group and culture area: understanding the present and past of lowland South America;
3. From domestication and landacapes to perspetivism and consubstantiality: rethinking the relationships between the human and the nonhuman in Amazonian studies;
4. Disconnecting/Reconnecting the lowlands and the highlands: rethinking a geographic and analytical distinction

Poster Session
Another way to participate in the meetings is through a poster session. We encourage attendees to consider creative way to use visual media to communicate to other scholars and to a wider audience.

In addition to the formal events described above, we will also schedule time for four concurrent workshops to give members an opportunity for moderated discussion and debate on current issues.
1. Whom (or what?) do indigenous organizations represent?
2. If changing regimes of intellectual property rights affect the way our informants talk about ”culture,” how does all this affect the way we theorize and study culture?
3. What has happened to the indigenous-environmentalist alliance? Mac Chapin’s ”A Challenge to Conservationistss” and Shellenberger and Nordhaus’s ”The Death of Environmentalism” (both available as PDF’s from Rubenstein) shook environmentalists at the same time that indigenous people have become better organized – what is next?
4. Indians, Sometimes-Indians, and Non-Indians: integrating different groups of people into a more complex understanding of ”Amazonia.”


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