SAAS 2024

Society for Amazonian & Andean Studies Conference 2024

The Eighth Biennial Meeting of the Society for Amazonian & Andean Studies
May 3-5, 2024

A hybrid conference hosted on the campus of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States (with the George Washington University virtually hosting)

The Society for Amazonian and Andean Studies (SAAS) Meeting is a biennial conference dedicated to research in the Amazonian and Andean regions of South America.

First held at Florida Atlantic University in 2008, the SAAS meeting has since taken place at the University of Florida (2010), the University of Central Florida (2013), Louisiana State University (2015), Millsaps College (2017), the University of Alabama (2019), and the James Madison University (2022)


The 2024 meeting is hosted by the University of Virginia (with virtual host George Washington University) in a hybrid format. Participants may attend on the Charlottesville, Virginia (USA) campus of the University of Virginia or via Zoom with the George Washington University. 

The Eighth Biennial Meeting of the SAAS enjoys the support of UVA’s Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation (CGII) in the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs, as well as the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.


The year’s meeting is driven by the core question of how can intersectional and interdisciplinary, anthropologically-informed approaches to Amazonian and Andean studies contribute to addressing urgent, global challenges? To that end, the conference will be organized around themes, including:

Decolonizing research, and further engaging communities in research programs in the region

Human responses to climate change and environmental justice

The future of gender studies in the Amazon and Andes

Future directions for globally-engaged Amazonian and Andean studies.


The hybrid conference will also feature translation into multiple languages spoken in North and South America (final details forthcoming).

Distinguished keynote speaker Dr. Eduardo Góes Neves of the University of São Paulo, Brazil will deliver a public lecture.

We encourage participation from scholars working in a wide range of disciplines who are interested in anthropological, archaeological, historical, cultural, and/or contemporary themes in the Amazonian and Andean regions. The call for participants and registration was released in Fall 2023.  

To contact us with specific inquiries, please email kquave at gwu dot edu.

We look forward to seeing you!

Sonia Alconini, George Mentore, and Kylie Quave

(Conference co-organizers)

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