a1 Center for Archaeoastronomy, P.O. Box X, College Park, MD 20741-3022, USA
a2 University Honors College, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA email: firstname.lastname@example.org
a3 School of Arts & Communication, Southwestern College, 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910, USA email: email@example.com
This essay introduces the papers from the specially organized session on the theme ‘The 2012 phenomenon: Maya calendar, astronomy, and apocalypticism in the worlds of scholarship and popular culture’. The papers that follow address this topical theme in the contexts of Maya and Western cultures as well as academic and popular cultures.
(Online publication July 26 2011)