Call for Papers - 2024 Conference

LXIX Annual Conference of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials

5 K'atuns/100 Years Completed:  Celebrations and Commemorations in Latin America, the Caribbean, Iberia, and Their Diasporas
June 8-12, 2024
New Orleans, Louisiana  USA

The Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) invites submission of proposals for its 69th annual meeting that will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 8-12, 2024. The conference is hosted by The Latin American Library, Tulane University Libraries, the Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and the Middle American Research Institute.

2024 is a momentous year at Tulane as we celebrate one hundred years of the university’s dedication to developing and supporting a globally recognized program of exceptional scholarship, teaching, and collections relating to Latin America and the Caribbean.  SALALM’s conference theme, 5 K’atuns/100 Years Completed:  Celebrations and Commemorations in Latin America, the Caribbean, Iberia, and Their Diasporas, builds on the cultural practice of commemorating and celebrating such memorable events. SALALM invites librarians, scholars, archivists, students, and book/information professionals to explore the ways in which societies in the region, past and present, mark and reckon time, commemorate milestones, celebrate anniversaries, rejoice in life’s renewal, mourn death and tragedy, and what these practices may teach us. 

This conference begins with SALALM committee meetings (June 8), followed by three days of discussion, presentation, and engagement that will take the form of roundtables, panel talks, hands-on workshops, Roda Vivas, and/or posters (June 9, 10, & 11).  On Monday afternoon (June 10) we will visit the Uptown campus for a tour of exhibits highlighting Tulane University’s Latin American collections and resources ending with the host reception. Wednesday morning (June 12) is devoted to a variety of activities including a workshop on Mesoamerican calendars and codices.

Proposal topics may include, but not necessarily be limited to:
  • Anniversaries, holidays, or observances and their public celebrations, commemorations, or de-commemorations;
  • The ways in which cultures and societies in Latin America, the Caribbean, and diasporic communities relate to, record, and observe time (calendars) and mark its passage with rituals;
  • Comparative studies of carnival in Latin America and New Orleans (or other carnival venues);
  • The regulation, promotion, or prohibition of public celebrations of anniversaries, holidays, or other annual observances;
  • Debate (contemporary or otherwise) over public monuments and the historical and political context of public commemoration;
  • Commemorations of independence movements in Latin America;
  • Public celebrations by culture or time period, examples include Mayan stela rituals, Andean time-keeping, colonial-era funeral exequias, arcos triunfales, or similar events;
  • Reflections on public celebrations/commemorations and collective identities;
  • Collecting and/or describing time pieces, calendars, almanacs, or other forms of time-keeping materials; 
  • Materials related to time-keeping specialists, ritual specialists, astrologists, or other similar agents; or
  • Bibliographic, digital, or archival documentation on any of the topics listed above.
Please submit your proposals by March 1, 2024 using the link in the upper right. Please contact, Christine Hernández, President of SALALM 2023-2024, directly at with any questions or concerns.

Information about the hotel and local transportation will be available soon on the conference website. 
Proposal submission form

Deadline for all submissions is March 1, 2024   MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2024