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Aims & Purpose

Names can encourage dynamic discussion as well as designate purpose and potentialities. “Maya America” refers to the historic and the present-day geographic region where people of Maya decent live, while “Maya American” reflects a term of self-identification used by many in the new generations born or raised beyond traditional homelands. The journal features essays and commentary about contemporary and emerging experiences and challenges, rather than endeavoring to establish a new category of “studies” alongside American, Latino/a, Indigenous, or Central American studies.

Presenting Maya populations in various locations and situations, contributors to the journal discuss the complications and nuances for what it means to be Maya, or a person of the Americas, as borders are spanned geographically, socially, and psychologically. We foresee vibrant discussions generated by lived experiences, research, and collaborative knowledge.

Maya America thus opens spaces for thoughtfulness and concern, and in addition proposes collaboration and change. Authors are welcome regardless of ethnicity or background.