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Religious Communication and Political Power in Early Chinese and Maya Civilizations

May 22, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Young Research Library 11360, 280 Charles E Young Dr N
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, Global Antiquity, and the East Asian Library at UCLA are pleased to present a cross-cultural workshop on religious power and political communication in Early Chinese and Maya Civilizations.

Date: 1-6 pm May 22, Monday.

Place: Main Conference Room 11360, First Floor of Young Research Library UCLA.


1 pm opening remarks by Lothar von Falkenhausen (UCLA)

Keynote Speakers

  • Li Xinwei (Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)  Insect Metamorphosis in Prehistoric China
  • Karl Taube (University of California Riverside) People of Corn: Maize Imagery and Symbolism among the Classic Maya
  • Mayfair Yang (University of California Santa Barbara) Mauss or Bataille? Gift, Sacrifice, and Feasting Across China and the Northwest Coast


  • Xiao Long (Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) Jade Offerings in Early China and Mayan Mountain Pilgrimage
  • Kellie Roddy (UCLA) Continuing Implications of Furst, Shamanism, and Ethnography in West Mexico
  • Yun Ge (University of California Riverside) Relational Ontology of Public Buildings and Human in the Rise of Political Power–A Comparison between Aguada Fenix and Hongshan Culture
  • Yifan Wang (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) Reinterpreting Collapse: The Entangled Nature-culture Dimensions in Ancestral Maya and China Sacred Watery Landscapes
  • Zichan Wang (UCLA) Shamans and the Invisible Metal Workers in Early China: An Ethnohistorical Perspective
  • Kirie Stromberg (UCLA) Music and Political Authority in East Asian Prehistory: A Comparative Perspective

Round Table Discussion with Panelists

  • Lothar von Falkenhausen (UCLA)
  • Jason De Leon (UCLA)
  • Stella Nair (UCLA)
  • Li Min (UCLA)

A coffee break will be provided around 3 pm.


May 22, 2023
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
Global Antiquity
East Asian Library


Young Research Library 11360
280 Charles E Young Dr N
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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