Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union

Contributed Papers

The 2012 phenomenon: Maya calendar, astronomy, and apocalypticism in the worlds of scholarship and global popular culture

John B. Carlsona1a2 and Mark Van Stonea3

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: tlaloc@umd.edu

a3 School of Arts & Communication, Southwestern College, 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910, USA email: mvanstone@swccd.edu

Abstract

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)

Keywords

  • Maya calendar;
  • Maya astronomy;
  • 2012 phenomenon;
  • apocalypticism;
  • eschatology