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Chiapas—Literary and Social Movements

Chiapas, Mexico

Arrive Date:  TBD   End Date:  TBD

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 a Zapatista autonomous community 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; FOMMA, a Mayan woman’s center and performance group; the sacred site of Palenque; and CIDECI, the Universidad de la Tierra.

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  26

Program Coordinator:  Erin Schlemmer


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

Native American Studies (NAS) 198Directed 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 Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), a revolutionary movement of Mayan people (since 1994).
  • Visit Oventic, a Zapatista autonomous Caracol, a political center for the EZLN.
  • Meet amazing Mayan and Zoque intellectuals, artists, writers, activists who are helping to transform their communities.
  • Visit Mayan ancient archeological sacred sites (Palenque, Chinkultic, Tonina).
  • Enjoy the culturally rich atmosphere and markets of San Cristobal de las Casas, an internationally cosmopolitan city.

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