Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Maya News Updates 2007, No. 13: Austin - The 2007 Maya Meetings in Texas
Only a couple of days to go and the XXXIth Maya Meetings at Texas will start on Friday, March 9, 2007, to finish on Wednesday March 14, 2007. The focus of this year will be The River Cities: Archaeology and History at Yaxchilán, Piedras Negras, and Pomoná, looking at both the ancient sites and contemporary (pan)regional issues.
Screenshot of 2007 Maya Meetings Theme
At present, this is the Schedule for the 2007 meetings as can be found at the website at www.utmaya.org:
New Research & Reports from the Field: Friday, 9 March 2007, from 9:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. Speakers include Mary Miller, Yale University; Simon Martin, Penn Museum, on the Paintings of Calakmul; Karl Taube, UC Riverside. From 2:00 — 5:30 p.m.: Megan O’Neil, University of Southern California; R. Jon McGee, Texas State University, on the contemporary Lacandon; Joel Palka , University of Illinois, Chicago, on Lacandon archaeology; David Pentecost, independent filmmaker & The Daily Glyph editor, on the Usumacinta region today.
Keynote Address & Bienvenida Reception: Friday, 9 March 2007, from 6:30 — 9:30 p.m. Friday evening Professor Peter Mathews will share experiences from his career, including working along the Río Usumacinta. A welcoming reception follows in the future UT Visual Arts Center (VAC) galleries; house the future administrative home of The Mesoamerica Center and Maya Meetings at Texas. At the reception: Delectables & cash bar. Note to the longtime attendees: Prof. Mathews’s keynote is not the general introduction, which he has given in a similar time slot in the past.
Maya Hieroglyphic and Research Forum: Saturday, 10 March 2007: 9:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. & 2:00 - 5:30 p.m. & Sunday, 11 March 2007: 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. The Forum will focus on sites along the Usumacinta. The list of speakers includes: Armando Anaya Hernández, Universidad Autónoma de Campeche; Charles Golden, Brandeis University; Steve Houston, Brown University, on Piedras Negras archaeology & inscriptions; and David Stuart, University of Texas at Austin. Other presenters will be announced at the conference. Please visit the selection of book displays & other exhibitors in lobby area.
Specialized Workshops: Monday — Wednesday, 12-14 March, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Specialized Workshops will meet in the future UT VAC in the Art Building, on the corner of 23rd and San Jacinto.
1 Introduction to Maya Glyphs — Peter Mathews, Latrobe University Victoria, & Nick Carter, UT-Austin.
2 Introducción a los jeroglifos mayas —[N.B.: meets partly with 1 above and as a breakout group in Spanish; parte del tiempo se reune con el taller 1 arriba, y parte en su propio grupo español]
3 Northern Inscriptions, Maya Codices, and the Books of the Chilam Balam — Bruce Love.
4 Iconography of Maya Painted Vases — Justin Kerr, Kerr Gallery.
5 The Mixtec Codex Workshop —Robert Williams, UT Austin & Texas State University, and John Pohl, Princeton University.
6 Yaxchilan Inscriptions [Intermediate Level] — Erik Boot, Independent Scholar, & Alex Tokovinine, Harvard University [Pre-requisite: Introduction to Maya Glyphs or previous Maya decipherment].
7 Advanced Maya Glyphs & Grammar — Marc Zender, Harvard University, & Barbara Mcleod, Independent Scholar.

All beginners are strongly advised to enroll in the entry-level workshop, “Introduction to Maya Glyphs.” Information on meeting locations will be updated at: http://www.utmaya.org/, http://www.utmesoamerica.org/, and on the UT Mesoamerica Center discussion list, utmesoamerica@googlegroups.com.

Due to time contraints, updates may appear only after March 21 (when I return from the Maya Meetings and a short [investigative] holiday).