Nov 8, 2013: Heritage without Irony with Patricia McAnany
Heritage without Irony: Archaeologists, Indigenous Mayan Communities & the Democratization of Knowledge.
Patricia A. McAnany, Kenan Eminent Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Maya cultural heritage is situated at the busy intersection of archaeological practice, local community, and remains of the past.
In this talk, these lines of intersection are approached from historical, ethical, and philosophical perspectives. Multi-year and multi-sited heritage programs ground these perspectives and also provide insight to a significant challenge of heritage conservation: building new epistemic communities that bridge the chasm between local and global and democratize the production of archaeological knowledge. Indigenous Maya peoples who have participated in heritage programs give voice to the complexity of a relationship with a past that has been re-created by archaeologists and epigraphers. Describing successful programs as well as initiatives that were “lost in translation,” this talk provides an honest appraisal of the challenges of transcultural dialogue when confronting the great irony between an indigenous people with a valorized past and a present state of alienation from that past.
Preceded by Introduction to MAYA: Hidden Worlds Revealed by Ed Fleming, Science Museum of Minnesota.
Patricia McAnany Bio
Bio: Patricia McAnany is Kenan Eminent Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a recent recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. A Maya archaeologist, she serves as principal investigator of InHerit: Indigenous Heritage Passed to Present (www.in-herit.org) and co-director (with Ivan Batun Alpuche) of Proyecto Arqueológico Colaborativo del Oriente de Yucatán. She is particularly interested in the intersection of ritual and economy and in cultural heritage issues for descendant Maya peoples. She is the author/editor of several books including Ancestral Maya Economies in Archaeological Perspective (2010); Questioning Collapse: Human Resilience, Ecological Vulnerability, and the Aftermath of Empire (2009) co-edited with Norman Yoffee; Dimensions of Ritual Economy (2008) co-edited with E. Christian Wells; K’axob: Ritual, Work, and Family in an Ancient Maya Village (2004); and Living with the Ancestors: Kinship and Kingship in Ancient Maya Society (1995). Her journal articles & book chapters include “Casualties of Heritage Distancing: Children, Ch’orti’ Indigeneity, and the Copán Archaeoscape” Current Anthropology Vol 53 (2012); “Classic Maya Heterodoxy and Shrine Vernacularism in the Sibun Valley, Belize” Cambridge Archaeological Journal Vol. 22 (2012); “Thinking About Stratigraphic Sequence in Social Terms” (co-authored with Ian Hodder), Archaeological Dialogues Vol. 16 (2009); “Rational Exuberance: Mesoamerican Economies and Landscapes in the Research of Robert S. Santley” (co-authored with Christopher A. Pool), Journal of Anthropological Research Vol. 64 (2008); “America’s First Connoisseurs of Chocolate” (co-authored with Satoru Murata), Food and Foodways, Vol. 15 (2007); and “Reclaiming Maya Ancestry” (co-authored with Shoshaunna Parks) in Look Close, See Far: A Cultural Portrait of the Maya, photographs by B. T. Martin (2007). Currently, she works with NGOs in southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and western Honduras to provide local communities with opportunities to dialogue about the value and conservation of the past.
- Patricia McAnany
- Raleigh News Observer, May 12, 2013
- BBB The World Geo Quiz on May 14, 2013
- Teaching Heritage Collaborative at the IAS
- Maya Society
- Science Museum of Minnesota
- Fall 2013 Seminar Resilience and Sustainability
- Thursdays at Four November 7, 2013, Archaeology and Heritage at Angkor, Cambodia
- Symposium, November 7-9, 2013: Resilience and Sustainability: What Are We Learning From the Maya and Other Ancient Cultures
- Maya Lecture and Workshop Series, June – December 2013
Questions? Contact the Maya Society at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-625-8606 (Phyllis Messenger, IAS).