The Organizing Committee of the 56th International Congress of Americanists (ICA) invites the scholarly community to participate in the congress that will take place in Salamanca from the 15th to the 20th of July of 2018. Under the motto “Universality and particularism in the Americas,” this edition of the ICA invites us to reflect on the relationship between universality and particularism in the production of knowledge, a dialogue in which the need to know the idiosyncrasies of social, political, artistic, and cultural phenomena, leads us to create new hypotheses in order to enrich and rethink grand social theories in the sciences and the humanities.

The multidisciplinary and inclusive character of ICA since its beginning in 1875 as an area congress underscores the importance of this dynamic in the production of knowledge. Based on an interdisciplinary and inclusive approach, ICA gathers together researchers who study the politics, the economics, the cultures, the languages, the history, and the prehistory of the Americas, from Alaska to the Caribbean and Tierra del Fuego. The congress welcomes contributions on the specificities of Latin America and the Caribbean. The goal is to enrich social general theories.


The International Congress of Americanists is a scientific activity of a long tradition. The first Congress was held in the city of Nancy in France, in August 25 of 1875, called by the Société Américaine de France and they have met without interruption since then. Its immediate goal: “contribuer au progrès des études ethnographiques, linguistiques et historiques relatives aux deux Amériques, spécialement pour les temps antérieurs à Christophe Colomb, et de mettre en rapport les personnes qui s’intéressent à ces études”.

During the ten first versions of the International Congress of Americanists, the seat was in Europe. The first Congress in America was held in Mexico, in 1895. Since then, it has been tried to alternate the seat between the old and new world.

Along the time, the Congresses increased the number of subjects studied and nowadays they gather specialists in Anthropolgy, Archaeology, Art, Law, Economy, Education, Philosophy, Geography, History, Linguistics, Sociology, Urban Studies, Human Rights and other technological areas.

Today the International Congress of Americanists (ICA) meets every three years and is attended by a high number of participants in a wide variety of scientific activities: simposia, conferences, meetings of international associations and organizations related to american studies, etc.


Comas, Juan: Cien años de Congresos Internacionales de Americanistas. Ensayo histórico-crítico y bibliográfico, UNAM, México 1974.

Proyecto Filosofía en español, “Congreso Internacional de Americanistas desde 1875”,


1º – 1875, Nancy

President: Baron Guerrier de Dumast. General Secretary: Alfred Rambaud

2º – 1877, Luxembourg

President: Francois-Xavier Wurth-Paquet. General Secretary: Dr. Henrion

3º – 1879, Brussels

President: Baron A.C.A.L. Goethels. General Secretary: Anatole Bamps

4º – 1881, Madrid

President: José Luis Albreda. General Secretary: Cesáreo Fernández Duro

5º – 1883, Copenhagen

President: Johan Jakob A. Worsaae. General Secretary: W.A. Carteasen

6º – 1886, Turin

President: Ariodante Fabretti. General Secretary: Guido Cora

7º – 1888, Berlin

President: Wilhelm Reiss. General Secretaries: Gustav Hellmann, Otto Olshausen

8º – 1890, Paris

President: Armand de Quatrefages de Brea. General Secretary: Desiré Pector

9º – 1892, Huelva

President: Antonio María Fabié. General Secretary: Justo Zaragoza

10º – 1894, Stockholm

Presidents: Gustav A. Tamm, Rudolf Virchow, Adolf E. Nordenskiold. General Secretary: Carl Bovallius

11º – 1895, Mexico City

President: Joaquín Baranda. General Secretary: Trinidad Sánchez Santos

12º – 1900, Paris

President: Ernest T. Hamy. General Secretary: Henri Froidevaux

13º – 1902, New York

President: Morris K. Jesup. General Secretary: Marshall H. Saville

14º – 1904, Stuttgart

President: Karl Von de Steinen. General Secretary: Kurt Lampert

15º – 1906, Quebec

President: Robert Bell. General Secretary: Narcisse E. Dione

16º – 1908, Vienna

President: Wilhelm Freiherr Von Weckbecker. General Secretary: Franz Heder

17º – 1910 (Firts Part), Buenos Aires

President: José Nicolás Matienzo. General Secretary: Robert Lehmann-Nitsche

17º – 1910 (Second Part), Mexico City

President: Eduard Seler. General Secretary: Genaro García

18º- 1912, London

President: Clements Robert Markham. General Secretaries: F.C.A. Sarg, Adela A. Breton

19º – 1915, Washington

President: John W. Fisher. General Secretary: Alex Hrdlicka

20º – 1922, Rio de Janeiro

President: Antonio Carlos Simoens da Silva. General Secretary: Adolpho Morales de los Ríos

21º – 1924 (First Part), The Hague

President: Theodore Félix Albert Delprat. General Secretary: D. Alberts

21º – 1924 (Second Part), Göteborg

President: Oscar Von Sydow. General Secretary: Erland H. Nordenskiold

22º – 1926, Rome

President: Amedo Giannini. General Secretary: Guido Valeriano Callegari

23º – 1928, New York

President: Franz Boas. General Secretaries: P.E. Goddart, Nels C. Nelson

24º – 1930, Hamburg

President: Georg Christian Thilenius. General Secretary: Rudolf Grossmann

25º – 1932, La Plata

President: Ricardo Levene. General Secretary: Fernando Márquez Miranda

26º – 1935, Seville

President: Gregorio Marañón Posadillo. General Secretary: José María Torroja Miret

27º – 1939 (First Part), Mexico City

President: Alfonso Caro. General Secretary: Pablo Martínez del Río

27º – 1939 (Second Part), Lima

President: Alfredo Solf y Muro. General Secretary: Jorge Basadre

28º – 1947, Paris

President: Paul Rivet. General Secretary: André Leroi-Gourhan

29º – 1949, New York

President: Alfred L. Kroeber. General Secretary: Alfred V. Kidder

30º – 1952, Cambridge

President: J. Eric S. Thompson. General Secretary: Hermann J. Braunholtz

31º – 1954, Sao Paulo

President: Paul Rivet. General Secretary: Herbert Baldus

32º – 1956, Copenhagen

President: Kaj Birket-Smith. General Secretary: Jens Yde

33º – 1958, San Jose de Costa Rica

President: Doris Stone. General Secretaries: Carlos Meléndez, Alvar Antillón

34º – 1960, Vienna

President: Robert Heine-Geldern. General Secretary: Anna Hohenwart-Gerlachstein

35º – 1962, Mexico City

President: Ignacio Bernal. General Secretary: Miguel León Portilla

36º – 1964, Madrid-Barcelona-Seville

President: Luis Pericot García. General Secretary: José Alcina Franch

37º – 1966, Mar del Plata

President: Alberto Rex González. General Secretary: Víctor A. Nuñez

38º – 1968, Stuttgart-Munich

President: Hermann Trimborn. General Secretary: Otto Zerries

39º – 1970, Lima

President: José Matos Mar. General Secretary: Fernando Fuenzalida Vollmar

40º – 1972, Rome-Geneve

President: Ernesta Cerulli. General Secretary: Italo Signorini

41º – 1974, Mexico City

President: Guillermo Bonfil Batalla. General Secretary: Enrique Florescano Mayet

42º – 1976, Paris

President: Claude Lévi-Strauss. General Secretary: Jacques Lafaye

43º – 1979, Vancouver

President: Cyril Belshaw. General Secretary: Alfred Siemens

44º – 1982, Manchester

President: Harold Blakemore. General Secretaries: John Fisher, David Fox, David Preston

45º – 1985, Bogota

President: Rafael Rivas Posada. General Secretaries: Nohra Rey de Marulanda, Jorge Orlando Melo, Marco Palacios, Manuel Rodríguez Becerra

46º – 1988, Amsterdam

President: Harry Hoetink. General Secretaries: Kees den Boer, Jan Kleipenning, Jan Lechner, Hans de Wit

47º – 1991, New Orleans

President: Richard E. Greenleaf. General Secretary: Munro S. Edmonson

48º – 1994, Stockholm-Uppsala

President: Magnus Mörner. General Secretary: Jan-Ake Alvarsson

49º – 1997, Quito

President: Hernán A. Andrade. General Secretary: Segundo E. Moreno Yáñez

50º – 2000, Warsaw

President: Andrzej Dembicz. General Secretary: Mariusz Ziólkowski

51º – 2003, Santiago de Chile

President: Luis A. Riveros Cornejo. General Secretary: Milka Castro Lucic

52º – 2006, Seville

President: Miguel Florencio Lora. General Secretaries: Antonio Acosta Rodríguez, María Luisa Laviana Cuetos

53º – 2009, Mexico

President: Elio Masferrer Kan. General Secretaries: Elizabeth Díaz Brenis, Jorge René González Marmolejo

54º – 2012, Viena

President: Martina Kaller-Dietrich. General Secretaries: Claudia Augustat, Josefina Echavarría, Georg Grünberg, David Mayer, Berthold Molden, Stefanie Reinberg

55º – 2015, San Salvador

President: Walter Raudales. General Secretaries: Ramón Rivas, Catalina Machuca

Statutes of the International Congress of Americanists

Art. 01

The International Congress of Americanists has as its object the historical and scientific study of the two Americas and their inhabitants.

Art. 02

The Congress will take place every three years; as a far as possible it shall alternate its sessions between the Old and New Worlds; it cannot meet consecutively in the same country.

Art. 03

It is composed of all those persons who have requests admission and paid their subscription. The Organizing Committee can refuse applications for either regular or associate membership from persons who, in any preceding Congress, have strayed from the ways of science or caused disagreements or trouble.

Art. 04

At the end of each session the Congress designates the place where the next session shall be held, and chooses a certain number of persons charged to constitute an Organizing Committee at the designated place.

Art. 05

The Committee names its President, and chooses up to six Vicepresidents, up to four General Secretaries and such other officers as is appropriate to the efficient running of the Congress.

Art. 06

The Committee fixes the exact date of the meetings, the number of sessions, the amount of subscription, arranges the program and the subjects to be treated. It prepares, if appropriate, preliminary reports to be produced at the Congress, sends the invitations, receives fees, and issues members` credentials and publishes a records of the Congress although it is not obliged to publish all or any of the papers presented.

Art. 07

The list of subjects considered by the Committee are sent beforehand to the members; they may propose for the committee`s consideration such modifications as appear to be useful; a part of the sittings of each sessions is also reserved for questions not included in the program, which may be proposed by a member and accepted by the Committee.

Art. 08

The official languages of the Congress are: Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese and Italian, with the addition in each case of the language of the country in which the Congress takes place.

Art. 09

The Congress may confer on persons noted for services rendered by them to American studies the titles of Honorary President or Vicepresident.

Art. 10

A Permanent Committee composed of the present and former Presidents and General Secretaries is charged to maintain the tradition of the Congress, to watch over the proper execution of the regulations and to face the unforeseen difficulties which might arise in the interval between two sessions. All presidents and one General Secretary from each Congress session will be entitled to vote on matters debated by the Permanent Committee.

Art. 11

The Permanent Committee will appoint a Liaison sub-committee to advise and assist organizing committees on matters concerning forthcoming Congress. The Permanent Committee may appoint such sub-committees as is required.

Art. 12

All modifications of these Statutes shall be proposed and approved in plenary sessions and will not be effective until ratified by succeeding Congress.

Permanent Committee of International Congress of Americanists · 2015-2018

  1. Jan-Åke ALVARSSON, Sweden – President [*]
  2. Elizabeth DÍAZ BRENIS, Mexico – Vicepresident [*]
  3. Walter RAUDALES, El Salvador – Secretary [*]
  4. Antonio ACOSTA RODRÍGUEZ, Spain
  5. Milka CASTRO LUCIC, Chile [*]
  6. Horacio CERUTTI GULDBERG, Mexico [*]
  7. Kees DEN BOER, Netherlands [*]
  8. John R. FISHER, United Kingdom [*]
  9. Enrique FLORESCANO MAYET, Mexico
  10. Jorge René GONZÁLEZ MARMOLEJO, Mexico [*]
  11. Adolfo L. GONZÁLEZ RODRÍGUEZ, Spain
  12. Martina KALLER, Austria [*]
  13. Jacques LAFAYE, France
  14. María Luisa LAVIANA CUETOS, Spain [*]
  15. Miguel LEÓN PORTILLA, Mexico
  16. Catalina MACHUCA, El Salvador [*]
  17. Elio MASFERRER KAN, Mexico [*]
  18. David MAYER, Austria [*]
  19. Berthold MOLDEN, Austria [*]
  20. Segundo E. MORENO YÁNEZ, Ecuador [*]
  21. Nohra REY DE MARULANDA, Colombia
  22. Rafael RIVAS POSADA, Colombia
  23. Ramón RIVAS, El Salvador [*]
  24. Luis RIVEROS CORNEJO, Chile
  25. Mariusz ZIÓLKOWSKI, Poland [*]


With asterisk [*] the members of the Permanent Committee who have participated in at least one of

the three last congresses: 53 ICA-2009, 54 ICA-2012, 55 ICA-2015.


Carmen Martínez-Novo, University of Kentucky

Pablo Palenzuela, Universidad de Sevilla

Art and Cultural Patrimony

Antonio Notario, Universidad de Salamanca


Chris Pool, University of Kentucky

Andrés Ciudad, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Sciences and the Environment

Barbara Hogenboom, Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation – CEDLA / Universiteit van Amsterdam

Alfredo Stein, University of Manchester

Communication and New Technologies

Ángel Badillo, Universidad de Salamanca

Delia Crovi, UNAM

World Views and Religious Studies

Elizabeth Díaz Brennis, Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia      

Mercedes Saizar, CONICET


José Mª Hernández, Universidad de Salamanca

Pablo Gentili, CLACSO

Cultural studies

Catherine Boyle, King’s College London

Martina Kellar, Universität Wien

Gender Studies

Gioconda Herrera, FLACSO-Ecuador

Arantxa Elizondo, Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco

Economic studies

Diego Sánchez, University of Oxford

Andrés Rivarola, Stockholms Universitet

Political studies

Scott Morgensten, University of Pittsburg  

Gisella Sin, University of Illinois

Socials studies

Alberto Martín, Instituto Mora 

Helene Renee Roux, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement

Philosophy and Thought

José Luis Molinuevo, Universidad de Salamanca

Horacio Cerruti Guldberg, UNAM


María Luisa Laviana, CSIC

Ascensión Martínez Riaza, Universidad Complutense

Guillermo Mira Delli-Zotti, Universidad de Salamanca

Lingüística y literatura

Francisca Noguerol, Universidad de Salamanca

Carlos Franz, Academia de Chile


Alberto de Rey, Universidad de Salamanca

Christian Zlolniski, University of Texas at Arlington

Social movements

Salvador Martí, Universitat de Girona   

David Garibay, Université de Lyon 2

International Relations

Sergio Caballero, Universidad de Deusto

Detlef Nolte, GIGA – German Institute of Global and Area Studies

Innovating Symposia

Rodrigo Rodrigues, Universidad de Salamanca                     

Emerson Urizzi Cervi, Universidade Federal do Paraná


Manuel Alcántara Sáez

General secretary

Francisco Sánchez López


Román Álvarez Rodríguez

Ignacio Berdugo Gómez de la Torre

Miguel Carrera Troyano

Ángel Baldomero Espina Barrio

Mercedes García Montero

José María Hernández Díaz

Guillermo Mira Delli-Zotti,

Francisca Noguerol Jiménez

Emilio Prieto de los Mozos

Antonio Notario

Julio Sánchez Gómez

José Manuel Santos



May 15th, 2017

Deadline for the presentation
of proposals for symposia.

June 15th, 2017

Communication of
accepted symposia

June 15th, 2017

Beginning of the presentation
of paper proposals.

October 20th, 2017

Closing date for the presentation
of paper proposals.

October 31th, 2017

Public communication of
accepted proposals.

Until June 1st, 2018

Submission of papers through
the Congress webpage.

To submit a proposal, select one of the thematic area.



Payment of the registration fee click here


Considering that:

•       It is a multidisciplinary congress in which there are different scientific traditions, different groups of work and different ways for presenting results, it is necessary to clarify the certificate delivery policy
•       The number co-authors in a paper has increased drastically in areas where this was not usual.
•       It is not possible to certify the attendance and participation in the same way as having participated in the preparation of the paper but not coming to the congress.
•       There are different forms of participation in the congress: with a lecture, as an assistant and presenting a book.
•       It is not allow delivering a lecture through videoconference system.
•       The participation in a symposium with a paper implies the presentation of research or analysis results. Therefore, in order to enrich the debate, the speakers accept to upload a document, in the usual format of the discipline, so that other speakers can consult it. It does not have to be the final version of the paper.

The following types of certificates will be delivered

LECTURE AND ASSISTANCE. The author or co-author of a lecture that attends to the congress and pays the fees of speaker or student speaker. In addition, they must upload a final or provisional version of the paper to the ICA2018 platform. These certificates will be given personally and individually. They cannot be delivered on request.

CO-AUTHOR. The co-authors of a paper presented at the congress and paid the fees of co-author or student co-author. In addition, they must upload a final or provisional version of the paper to the ICA2018 platform. These certificates will explicitly state that the owner did NOT ATTEND to the 56th ICA Congress. It will also certify that the lecture of his co-author paper was given. The co-author in charge of the lecture will collect this certificate.

ATTENDEE. It will be awarded to all those people who pay the corresponding fee.

BOOKS PRESENTATION: It will be granted to the people who pay an additional fee, and present their work in the time and space designated by the ICA 2018 organization. The certificate will include the name of the book. For this purpose, it is necessary to fill out the following form.

Warning: The information on the certificates will be the same to the one given by the lecturers and author on the ICA 2018 website. Once delivered the certificates there will be no changes. In order to avoid mistakes it is requested to review and, if necessary, modify the information on the user’s profiles

Publication: People who want their paper on the congress memoir must submit the final version of their work on time and according to the submission guidelines published in In order to request the publication, you must fulfil the following authorization:

The call for the presentation of books is available at:



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Universidad de Salamanca
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