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2012 and the Maya: Past Predictions and Future Histories

Seminar Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series

David Carey, Jr.

Professor of History and Women and Gender Studies, University of Southern Maine

With December 21, 2012 fast approaching, attention on the Maya and their alleged doomsday prediction is growing. With poverty and violence increasing in Guatemala, tourism and foreigners increasingly dominating Yucatán, and militarized security and the forces of globalization shaping even Chiapas—the home of the revolutionary Zapatista movement—many Mayas have good reason to hope for dramatic change. After briefly examining the evidence in Maya calendrical systems for millenarian predictions, we will explore more recent Maya histories and the ways indigenous women and men reconstruct their own pasts and forge their own futures in nations that often celebrate their ancestors but discriminate against their contemporaries.


David Carey, Jr. is a professor of History and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Southern Maine. He holds a Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University. His publications include Our Elders Teach Us: Maya-Kaqchikel Historical Perspectives. Xkib’ij kan qate’ qatata’ (University of Alabama Press, 2001), Ojer taq tzijob’äl kichin ri Kaqchikela’ Winaqi’ (A History of the Kaqchikel People) (Q’anilsa Ediciones, 2004), and Engendering Mayan History: Mayan Women as Agents and Conduits of the Past, 1875-1970 (Routledge, 2006). He is also the author of over a dozen peer-reviewed articles and essays and the coeditor of Latino Voices in New England (SUNY Press, 2009) and editor of Distilling the Influence of Alcohol: Aguardiente in Guatemalan History (University Press of Florida, 2012). He is currently working on a manuscript about crime, cross-dressing, bootlegging, and other transgressions in twentieth-century Guatemala.

Assigned Reading

David Carey Jr., Engendering Mayan History: Mayan Women as Agents and Conduits of the Past, 1875-1970 (Routledge, 2006)


A reception will be held at 5pm at the UNE Art Gallery


Center for Global Humanities


(207) 221-4335

6:00 PM
WCHP Lecture Hall

Portland Campus

Free and open to the public