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Conference on Mesoamerica draws scholars to Tulane

October 18, 2017 2:30 PM
New Wave staff newwave@tulane.edu
Fernando Arturo Rodriguez explains his research during the independent scholar poster presentation. His work is based on iconography and modern constellations. (Photo by Ryan Rivet)


The Middle American Research Institute (MARI) and the Department of Anthropology at Tulane University recently hosted the 8th annual South-Central Conference on Mesoamerica (SCCM), which brought together scholars from across several disciplines who study the cultures and people of Mesoamerica.  

“The conference was well-attended, with over 70 people, students, scholars and enthusiasts alike, coming together to learn about Mesoamerica,” said Rachel A. Horowitz, visiting assistant professor of anthropology. “It presented an excellent opportunity for the Tulane community to be exposed to the forefront of Mesoamerican research.”

Hosted annually by different universities in the South Central region of the United States, the conference was held on the uptown campus and was organized by Tulane professor of anthropology and MARI director Marcello A. Canuto, along with Horowitz and anthropology graduate student Borislava S. Simova.

Over two days (Oct. 13–14), the SCCM presented archaeological, ethnographic and art historical research on Mesoamerica to more than 30 scholars in attendance.  The keynote was  given by John Hoopes, Distinguished Visiting Greenleaf Scholar at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, who connected traditions in Mesoamerica with those further to the south in the contemporary countries of Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama.  

“The talk brought together many of the themes addressed by other presenters,” said Horowitz. “It was a highlight of the weekend.”