, February 1, 2012
Dr. Quetzil Castañeda, Founding Director and Professor of OSEA recently was interviewed on the Al Jazeera English TV Talk Show The Stream. The issue of debate was the so-called 2012 Doomsday or Tourism Promotion of the Maya World by the Mexican Government. Castañeda explains how tourism is good for the people of Yucatan. And in contrast to popular beliefs about the negative impact of tourism, the Maya population of Yucatan benefit enormously from tourism -- or at least suffer quite a bit when tourism is low!
Click here to go to the Al Jazeera news story about "Doomsday Tourism"
Do you know that Yucatan has a murder rate of 2.2 per 100,000 persons. This is as dangerous as Idaho, Wyoming and North Dakota!!!
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Recent News about OSEA Scholars, Past Participants, and Associates
Rigoberta Menchu Redux
Greg Grandin in the Nation and David Stoll Response
International Exhibition of Maya artists from Chichén Itzá and the Puuc at Trinity University
⇒Exhibition "Crafting Maya Identity" is being curated by Dr. Jennifer Mathews, a Mayanist Archaeologist at Trinity and OSEA Research Associate. The exhibit will be held in conjunction with a Southwest Conference on Mesoamerica and other related events.
⇒South-Central on Mesoamerica Conference held at Trinity.
⇒Quetzil Castañeda presented a talk based on the State Government of Yucatan's new tourism development project at Chichen Itza -- See the Youtube video
Participants in the OSEA 2009 Program are presented their summer research at the 2010 Meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology to be held in Mérida, Yucátan, México
Quetzil Castañeda is quoted in a Newsweek article on 2012, the New Age fascination with the Maya Calendar, and the "end" of Great Cycle in christian calendar year of 2012.
Sarah Block, Linsey Cory, Matt Breines & Justin Quinn (2009 Field School participants)
Sarah, Linsey, Matt, and Justin will be panelists on a session in the Annual Meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology to be held March 24-27 in Mérida, Yucátan, México. They will give papers based on their research conducted in the 2009 OSEA Field School. Sarah presents her study of life changes among Alcoholics Anonymous participants. Linsey presents her research on traditional Maya midwifery. Justin presents his investigation of the impact of the discourse of swine flu on local tourism economy.
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Sarah Taylor, OSEA Administrator and Research Assistant, was recently nominated as Editor of the e-Journal of the National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA). Sarah screened her film, “Gracias a los Gringos,” at the Visual Anthropology Film Festival during the 2008 Meetings of the American Anthropology Association (held in San Francisco, November). At the Society for Applied Anthropology in Santa Fe in March 2009, her poster on the role of local participation in data collection in community-based tourism research won first place in the Valene Smith Student Tourism Research contest.
She is the organizer of a panel of OSEA participants in the Annual Meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology to be held March 24-27 in Mérida, Yucátan, México.
Juan Castillo Cocom
Juan Castillo Cocom, a founder of OSEA and frequent lecturer in OSEA field schools, joined the faculty of the new Universidad Inter-cultural Maya de Quintana Roo (UIMQRoo) in the summer of 2007. In the spring 2008 semester, Dr. Castillo Cocom was a visiting professor at University of California Berkeley during spring 2008.
Earlier Castillo Cocom participated in the Conference, "Maya Bejlae" sponsored by the University of California at Berkeley and was invited to give a two day workshop at the UCB Center for Latino Policy Research on Maya identity politics organized by Dr. Patricia Baquedano in November 2007. Currently he is developing his concept of "ethnoexodus," a theory that critically frames the movement in and out of identities within contexts of multiplicities and the proliferation of indigeneities. A special issue of the UCB Kroeber Papers includes a keynote chapter by Castillo Cocom, called "Maya Scenarios."
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Hilario Chi Canul
Hilario Chi Canul is a frequent collaborator with OSEA. In the fall of 2007 he was invited to Indiana University to speak about his experience as the Maya language trainer in the production of Mel Gibson's Apocalypto. Chi Canul competed in the Latin American Indigenous Oratory Competition held in Mexico. On March 30, 2008 he was declared the Guerrero Ocelotl for his First Place Award in this competition.
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Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He was asked to teach a course on Latin American Culture and Civilization for the History Department during the spring 2009 semester. Recently, Castañeda has participated in a number of international research conferences. At a 2008 conference organized by the Centre of Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA, Amsterdam) on heritage tourism in Latin America, he contributed an analysis of the politics of heritage at Chichén. At a 2009 conference in Poros, Greece, on methods of archaeological ethnography, he presented a study of how a Maya community experienced the history of archaeology. Quetzil is teaching an anthropology course on "2012: The End of the World, New Age Spiritualism, and The Maya" at Indiana University in the spring 2010.
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Quetzil delivered the keynote at a symposium held on September 20, 2009 as part of the exhibition Crafting Maya Identity, curated by Jeff Kowalski and Mary Katherine Scott. The exhibit was held in the Jack Olson Galleries of NIU (August 31-September 25, 2009) and is scheduled to travel to Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, in the fall 2010 and to the Gallery of the Peon-Contreras Theatre in Mérida, Yucatán, México, in the spring 2011 included sculpture by Pisté-Chichén Itzá artists with whom Quetzil has been collaborating for over ten years. In particular artwork by Wilbert Serrano Mex, Jose Leon Tuz Kituk, and Ramon Quijano were exhibited and illustrated in the catalog. The exhibit catalog includes chapters by Janet Berlo, Chris Steiner, Quetzil Castañeda, Jeff Kowalski, and Mary Katherine Scott. The symposium included presentations by these scholars as well as by Nelson Graburn.
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Patricia Fortuny Loret de Mola
Dr. Fortuny, a senior researcher in CIESAS at the Mérida research center, has been part of a collaborative team of anthropologists and sociologists who have been investigating migration in the community of Immokalee, Florida. In a major publication of the results of their research, A PLACE TO BE: BRAZILIAN, GUATEMALAN, AND MEXICAN IMMIGRANTS IN FLORIDA'S NEW DESTINATIONS, Fortuny Loret de Mola has contributed three chapters that deal with gender, religion and labor issues. She is frequent lecturer at OSEA on issues of ethnographic methods, Maya migration from Yucatan to the USA, and religion, especially Protestantism, among the Yucatec Maya.