Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Mallory E. Matsumoto

Assistant ProfessorPh.D., Brown University

Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies


Mesoamerican religions; Maya archaeology; Mesoamerican ethnohistory; Classic Maya hieroglyphs; Mayan languages; anthropology of religion; anthropology of writing


R S 361 • Mesoamerican Encounters

42485 • Spring 2022
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BEN 1.124

This seminar introduces the study of European-indigenous encounters in Mesoamerica, a geographic and cultural area spanning north-central Mexico through western Honduras, between approximately 14501750. The arrival of European to this dynamic, vibrant region in the early sixteenth century marked not only the advent of a new colonial regime, but also the first large-scale contact and exchange between European and indigenous Mesoamerican cultures. Over subsequent generations, indigenous communities and European colonizers integrated strategies of contact, accommodation, and resistance in communicating with each other and negotiating the conduct of daily life in colonial Mesoamerica. In this course, we will engage with indigenous and Spanish primary sources, in addition to secondary literature. We will address questions such as, what beliefs and preconceptions did different parties bring to the encounter, and how did these shape their interactions? To what extent was encounter characterized by confrontation, collaboration, or resistance, and in what contexts? And what are the implications of this colonial legacy for Mesoamerican societies today?




R S 311 • Early Mesoamerican Religion

43390 • Fall 2021
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM GDC 2.402

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R S 375S • What Is Religion?

43535 • Fall 2021
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM GAR 0.128

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