26th European Maya Conference: Bratislava, Slovakia

Ancient Maya Agriculture – From Practice to Mythology

Call for Papers

In the case of a prolonged pandemic, the conference will either be realised remotely or carried out in a hybrid form. The decision will be announced by the end of August 2021.

The Call for Papers for the EMC in Bratislava is open.

The 26th Annual European Maya Conference is co-organised by WAYEB – the European Association of Mayanists – and the Comenius University in Bratislava. The conference will begin with an introductory lecture and three-day workshops from Tuesday December 7th to Thursday December 9th, followed by a two-day symposium on Friday December 10th and Saturday December 11th 2021 at the Comenius University in Bratislava.

The theme of the conference for EMC26 is ANCIENT MAYA AGRICULTURE: FROM PRACTICE TO MYTHOLOGY. The conference will be devoted to the Maya agriculture examined from various perspectives: archaeological, including attempts to reconstruct the original techniques; anthropological, considering the current Maya agricultural practices that can serve as a comparative basis; and historical, capturing Maya agriculture in early colonial documents in close proximity to its pre-Columbian roots. Furthermore, linguistic, epigraphic, and iconographic analyses play a pivotal role, as do many other branches of learning, such as geography, ecology, biology, and chemistry. These scientific approaches will help us to understand not only the high population growth and viability of the pre-Columbian Maya society, but also the issues of its environmental sustainability. The second major division of topics will be the questions of the transfer of agricultural cycles and patrons of individual crops into mythology, religion, and rituals throughout the course of Maya history.

The main topic is broken down into the following subthemes:

  • Technological possibilities of reconstructing the ancient Maya agricultural practices
  • Archaeological evidence for the ancient Maya agriculture
  • Epigraphic evidence for topics related to agriculture
  • Contemporary Maya agriculture and ethnographic evidence
  • Agricultural themes in Maya mythology and religion
  • Maya agricultural practice in early historical documents

Submission of abstracts

The Wayeb Conference Board invites the submission of abstracts concerning the conference theme Ancient Maya Agriculture: From Practice to Mythology 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 June 13th, 2021.

For more information, please contact the Wayeb Conference Board ConferenceBoard@wayeb.org

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