UC Davis Summer Abroad


Status: Not Offered in 2018

Chiapas — Literary and Social Movements

Chiapas, Mexico

Arrival Date: August 3, 2017       End Date: September 1, 2017

Program Overview

Study contemporary Mayan and Zoque literary and social movements while living in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. We will stay at a local hotel near the center of the city, within walking distance of cultural centers, restaurants, and historic sites of interest. Since 1994, the state is home to the EZLN, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation. The EZLN carries out its struggle through the power of the word. Students will visit Zapatista autonomous communities and regional indigenous cultural centers in Mayan communities. Students will meet and interact with Mayan and Zoque writers and intellectuals. We will visit CELALI, the state center for indigenous languages, art, and literatures, and FOMMA, a Mayan woman’s center and performance group, as well as the sacred site of Palenque, and other natural sites.

InstructorInés Hernández - Ávila

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  26

Program Coordinator:  Erin Schlemmer

Info Session Presentaion


Native American Studies (NAS) 184. Contemporary Indigenous Literature of Mexico (4 units)

Native American Studies (NAS) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)


Native American Studies (NAS) 202Advanced Topics in Native American Studies (4 units)

Native American Studies (NAS) 298Group Study for Graduate Students (4 units, P/NP)

Program Highlights
  • Learn first-hand about the iconoclastic Zapatista movement of indigenous Mayan people which burst onto the international scene in 1994.
  • Visit the new and old - Zapatista communities as well as the archeological Mayan zone of Palenque, an expansive site of temples and civic centers constructed 1500 years ago!
  • Enjoy the colorful and vibrant streets and markets of quaint yet cosmopolitan San Cristobal de las Casas.
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