Welcome to Tulane University’s
Maya Symposium webpage. Since 2002, Tulane University has hosted a weekend of talks and workshops dedicated
to the study of the Maya civilization of Mexico and Central America. This yearly
meeting has called upon scholars from a wide spectrum of specialties—archaeology, art history, cultural anthropology, epigraphy, history, and linguistics—to elucidate the many facets of this fascinating
Mesoamerican culture. In developing a broad approach to
the subject matter, we aim to draw the interest of a wide ranging
group of people—from the expert to the beginner.
14th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium
How the Maya Shaped Their World
March 2-5, 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana
The Middle American Research Institute and the Alphawood Foundation are proud to present the Fourteenth Annual Tulane Maya Symposium
and Workshop. This year’s symposium, titled “Monumental Landscapes: How the Maya Shaped Their World”, will examine how the ancient Maya built up and transformed their landscapes to create monumental cities and lasting communities. The invited scholars have explored this topic across the Maya area, from the lowlands of Belize and Guatemala to the Guatemalan highlands.
As in past years, MARI will take the reins in organizing the Maya
Symposium. With MARI located in a renovated Dinwiddie Hall, we continue to expand the
scope and range of activities offered by the Symposium. In fact, throughout the weekend, we will feature MARI's exhibit, Faces of the Maya, located in the MARI Gallery in Dinwiddie Hall.
This year's symposium features more speakers representing a wider range of projects and research than years past. In this way, the symposium explores ancient Maya natural, political, and sacred landscapes from a wide variety of perspectives and disciplines.
In collaboration with Tulane's Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the New
Orleans Museum of Art, we hope to develop a diverse set
of activities and topics for the symposium’s participants
and attendees for many years to come, such as hosting a viewing of the Precolumbian collection and an introductory hieroglyphic workshop at NOMA. Finally, the Latin American Library houses a collection of Merle Greene Robertson's rubbings, which may be viewed upon request.
PLEASE JOIN US! We invite you to join us in
New Orleans, LA, March 2-5, 2017 at Tulane University
and the New Orleans Museum of Art to learn of the recent developments
in Maya studies as they relate to the broader topic of Mesoamerican
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