This year’s symposium titled “Ixiktaak: Ancient Maya Women”, will focus on the significance of women in ancient Maya society. Recent research in the Maya area has dramatically enhanced our understanding of gender roles in ancient Maya society. The invited scholars have explored this topic from different disciplinary perspectives, including archaeology, iconography, physical anthropology, and epigraphy to illuminate the names, roles, lives, accomplishments, and practices of women in ancinet Maya society.
The goal of this symposium is to showcase some of the most recent research in the Maya region that helps us examine and understand an array of topics such as, among others, women's daily lives, their role in power relations and regional politics, their relevance to and symbolic meaning within religion and ritual, and the economics of gender. New texts, new analytical techniques, and new discoveries discussed in these presentations will help us appreciate how complex and dynamic Classic Maya notions of gender were.
We have truly assembled a wonderful group of scholars in Maya studies whose different fields of expertise will allow us to muster as wide an array of evidence as is possible. Given how special this group of scholars is, please JOIN US!
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