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Astronomers, Scribes, and Priests: Intellectual Interchange between the Northern Maya Lowlands and Highland Mexico in the Late Postclassic Period

Pre-Columbian Symposium, 6–7 October 2006, Gabrielle Vail and Christine Hernández, Symposiarchs
  • Venue: Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Dumbarton Oaks is pleased to announce the annual Pre-Columbian Symposium, organized with Gabrielle Vail and Christine Hernández. The symposium will address the intellectual world behind the creation of two remarkable manuscripts from Late Postclassic Mesoamerica: the Madrid Codex, a Maya manuscript, and the Borgia Codex, from the Central Mexican highlands. As the main building at Dumbarton Oaks is undergoing renovations, this symposium will be held at the Library of Congress. We are grateful to the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress for joining us in the organization and sponsorship of this gathering. We are also indebted to the Rare Book Division and the Jay I. Kislak Collection of this institution for their assistance.

Sessions will begin at 2 pm on Friday, 6 October, and conclude on Saturday at 5 pm. A diverse group of scholars will present papers on Late Postclassic interaction in Mesoamerica from the perspectives of archaeology, anthropology, art history, epigraphy, and linguistics. Recent research in these fields has provided a wealth of new data, allowing micro- as well as macro-analyses of currents and interactions between the Maya and highland Mexican culture areas. Speakers include:
  • Anthony Andrews (New College of Florida),
  • Anthony Aveni (Colgate University),
  • Victoria R. Bricker (Tulane University),
  • Karen Dakin (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México),
  • Christine Hernández (Tulane University),
  • Timothy Knowlton (Universidad del Valle),
  • Alfonso Lacadena (Universidad Complutense de Madrid),
  • Martha J. Macri (University of California, Davis),
  • Marilyn A. Masson (State University of New York, Albany),
  • Merideth Paxton (University of New Mexico),
  • Carlos Peraza Lope (Centro Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Yucatán),
  • Fernando Robles (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia),
  • Karl Taube (University of California, Riverside),
  • and Gabrielle Vail (New College of Florida)

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