Growing Men: Shaping Masculinity in Classic Maya Society
A central anxiety for all humans is transitioning the young into adulthood. Without that transition, there can be no future, no long-term directing of How Things Should Be. So too for the Classic Maya from what is now Mexico and northern Central America: in a rich record of texts and imagery, they positioned young men at the center of some of their greatest cultural productions. This lecture explores the predicaments and opportunities posed by young men, showing them to be, not a casual concern, but a major focus of courtly elites during the first millennium AD.
Refreshments and food will be served.