23rd European Maya Conference: Valencia, Spain

Women and Maya Culture

05 – 10 November 2018

The 23rd Annual European Maya Conference is co-organised by WAYEB—the European Association of Mayanists—as well as the University of Valencia and the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain. The conference will begin with an introductory lecture to the workshops on Monday November 5th, followed by three-day workshops and concludes with a two-day symposium held from Friday November 9th to Saturday November 10th 2018 at the University of Valencia / Polytechnic University of Valencia.

The Conference theme for EMC23 is WOMEN AND MAYA CULTURE. The conference will be devoted to debating various aspects pertaining to the aspect of women in Maya culture, both from a historical vantage as well as from the perspective of research history and scientific progress. Three main thematic sessions have been established for this purpose:

1) In the first session, entitled “Women in the ancient Maya culture”, research will be presented which, from a gender perspective, will contribute to making visible the role played by women in the ancient Maya society, with special emphasis on their participation in political relations between the different kingdoms of the Classic Maya period, contributions to the productive system as well as their pivotal role in religious and ritual events. This will be addressed from a variety of different disciplinary approaches, including archaeology, iconography, epigraphy, literature and anthropology.

2) In the second session “Explorers in the Maya area of the 19th and 20th centuries and the first scientific research led by women” will highlight the work of women explorers of the 19th and early 20th centuries, despite the adverse conditions encountered in the rainforest of the Maya area, in search of ancient ruined cities to document them through photographs and drawings of high quality, and whose names have been unduly left in unfair anonymity. The session will also address the contribution that scientists such as Tatiana Proskouriakoff and Linda Schele, among others, have made to the field of architecture, art and Maya epigraphy. This will allow a reassessment of their work in light of technological advances of the 21st century, which will be of great interest and heighten the scope of their initial contributions.

3) Finally, the third session “Women in contemporary Maya society” will focus on the role that women play in today’s Maya society, especially with regard to the preservation of ancient traditions, while at the same time addressing the gradual loss of power that has been experienced throughout the history of this culture.

The Wayeb Conference Board invites the submission of abstracts concerning the conference theme Women and Maya Culture presented above under the headline Call for Papers. Submissions from a variety of perspectives and sub-disciplines of Maya Studies are encouraged. Presentations in English and Spanish will be accepted. Abstracts may not exceed 250 words.

Contributions of authors who submit more than one abstract including co-authored papers will not be considered and co-authorship needs to be indicated upon submission.

Please submit in electronic format (e.g., Word) in the following order:

  1. Author’s name and affiliation
  2. Address, phone number, and email address
  3. Title of paper
  4. Abstract

Please submit your full application to callforpapers@wayeb.org

The abstracts will be forwarded without the author’s particulars to an anonymous Review Committee that will be selected by the Wayeb Conference Board. Therefore it is imperative that submissions are ONLY made to the above address. Submissions may not be made to conference organisers nor any other members of Wayeb. Submissions sent to any address than the above will be immediately disqualified.

Deadline for the Call for papers is April 30th, 2018.

For more information, please contact the Wayeb Conference Board:

Or the organizers :

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