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Pre-Columbian Society of New York Lecture Series

Formed in 2014, the Pre-Columbian Society of New York (PCSNY) provides a platform for archaeologists, art historians, and other scholars studying ancient American cultures to share their insights and work with fellow academics and professionals in the New York area. Additionally, the Society endeavors to promote an increased awareness of pre-Hispanic cultures among students and those who possess a strong avocational interest in the field.

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2018 Schedule

Abstract: Many discussions of Inka rule focus on the domination of millions of people, by imposing military control, establishing sustainable governance, and building a vast support infrastructure. Equally important, however, were the efforts the Inkas made to impose their own notions of cosmic and social order on the world at large. This talk explores how the Inkas thought the world worked and how to be successful within it, as they tried to make themselves the indispensable intermediary between humanity and all other powers. Among the key ideas that contributed to practical rule were their notions of life and death (e.g., living ancestral mummies), flexible relations with time and the past, and a landscape in which they shared social space with living mountains and rocks. Those ideas help us to understand how the Inkas managed to rule in a land without writing or a multi-year calendar. Among the sites explored are the major temples, carved stones, and the world’s highest archaeological sites, the mountain peak shrines containing sacrificed children.

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:00pm
Speaker: Joanne Pillsbury, Andrall E. Pearson Curator of Ancient American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Title: From the Heart of the Andes: On the Making of Golden Kingdoms

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 6:00pm
**Due to unforeseen circumstances, the event on Thursday, March 8, 2018 has been rescheduled to a later date. Please check back soon for more updates. We apologize for the inconvenience.** 

Speaker: Simon Martin, Senior Research Specialist, University of Pennsylvania Museum
Title: Entangled Tesserae: Looking at Classic Maya Political Society

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6:00pm
Speaker: Sarahh Scher, Visiting Lecturer, Salem State University
Title: Images in a World without Words: Questioning the Canon in Moche Studies


December 13, 2017
Lawrence Waldron, Assistant Adjunct Professor, City University of New York

November 9, 2017
Megan O’Neil, Associate Curator of Art of the Ancient Americas, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

October 26, 2017
Terence N. D’Altroy, Loubat Professor of American Archaeology and Director of the Center for Archaeology, Columbia University

September 14, 2017
Andrew D. Turner, Postdoctoral Associate in the Art of the Ancient Americas, Yale University Art Gallery

April 13, 2017
Mary E. Miller, Sterling Professor of History of Art and Senior Director of the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Yale University

March 9, 2017
Jeffrey Quilter, William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University

December 8, 2016
Caitlin Earley, Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno

November 10, 2016
Heidi King, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, The Cooper Union; formerly of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

October 13, 2016
Barbara Mundy, Professor of Art History, Fordham University

September 8, 2016
Anna Blume, Professor of the History of Art, Fashion Institute of Technology–SUNY

April 14, 2016
James DoyleAssistant Curator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

March 10, 2016
Richard L. Burger, Professor of Anthropology, Yale University
Lois Martin, Independent Scholar

February 11, 2016
Timothy W. PughProfessor of Anthropology, Queens College / The Grad Center–CUNY

November 18, 2015
Justin Kerr, Independent Scholar and creator of the Maya Vase Database 

October 15, 2015
Amanda GannawayLecturer in Discipline, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University

September 10, 2015
Eloise Quiñones-KeberProfessor Emerita, The Grad Center–CUNY / Baruch College

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