What is the course about?
This course will introduce you to one of the great New World civilisations and their achievements – the Maya of Mesoamerica (southern Mexico and northern Central America) as revealed by archaeological and textual sources.
Max Carocci has been working at the intersection between anthropology, art and museums since 2002. He conducted fieldwork among Native North Americans and continues to work with them on issues of art and museums. He has taught and programmed courses for a variety of Universities and colleges among which Birkbeck College (Art history, Museum cultures), UCL Department of Anthropology, Chelsea College’s MA Museum and Curating, the American University Richmond. He is currently lecturing on Art, Anthropology, Museums and Globalisation at Goldsmiths College (2018-ongoing) in the Department of Anthropology.
Max has nearly ten year experience as curator in the UK and abroad and served as consultant and researcher in museums in the UK, the Netherlands, USA, Switzerland, Germany, and France. Presently Max is working on two books on ethnographic representations and drawings with Native American art historian Stephanie Pratt (Dakota Nation).
What will we cover?
The Maya created one of the most sophisticated civilizations in the ancient world. Their achievements in the arts and sciences, along with their complex social, political and economic systems, make them one of the most remarkable culture groups in the precolumbian Americas. These people brought us an intricate calendar system, complex hieroglyphic writing, some of the largest pyramids in the world, a form of ballgame that is like no other and most importantly chocolate! This course will cover all these subjects.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- describe Maya connections with other Mesoamerican civilisations
- explain Maya social structure and political organisation
- calculate sums using the Maya number system.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous experience with archaeology or anthropology is required, nor is there a course prerequisite. You will be encouraged to participate by asking questions, expressing your opinions and generally contributing your experience and knowledge. You will receive regular feedback throughout the course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The format of the class will vary from week to week, but will include PowerPoint presentations, video clips, readings and follow-up discussions. Discussions will give us a chance to talk about the information and issues presented the readings and lectures in a less formal way.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other classical and ancient civilisations courses as well as civilisations of the Americas.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details