Northeast Nahuatl Conference

The Northeastern Group of Nahuatl Scholars annual conference will be held at the University at Albany on May 10 to 12, 2019. The conference will take place in the Alumni House on the uptown campus with sessions running Friday afternoon, starting at 12 pm, through Sunday afternoon, concluding at 12 pm. Sessions include academic talks, document translation workshops, and a workshop on Nahuatl writing.
This international and inter-disciplinary conference draws scholars and students in the fields of anthropology, history, linguistics, art history, literature, and archaeology who are connected by an interest in the language and civilization of the Nahuas, from pre-Columbian times to the present. Nahuatl was the language of the Aztecs and related ethnic groups, the predominant civilization in Mexico that confronted Spanish colonialism. Under Spanish rule Nahuatl spread even further as a lingua franca and became the medium for the largest corpus of Indigenous-language colonial documents from anywhere in the Americas. Today it is the mother tongue of over two million contemporary Indigenous people, including immigrants to the United States. Hence our conference takes a long view, looking at the unrolling of Nahua language and culture over several centuries. Participants are committed to sharing scholarly research, supporting language documentation and revitalization, and advancing the availability of the Nahuas’ historical archive by translating and publishing texts. This inter-disciplinary and temporal breadth combined with a focus on one linguistic group makes this conference unique. Anyone with an interest in Nahua language and civilization is welcome to attend.


Conference Program: Availabe here!

Registration fee: $50 ($25 for students); includes lunches and breakfasts during the meetings

Saturday evening banquet: Barcelona Restaurant, $34/person (space limited)

Hotel discounts: Fairfield Inn ($113/night), Days Inn ($95/night, use the code NAHUATL to reserve).

Conference organizers: Louise M. Burkhart (UAlbany), John Frederick Schwaller (UAlbany), John Sullivan (University of Warsaw and Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas), Caterina Pizzigoni (Columbia University)

University at Albany sponsors: Division for Research, Institute for Mesoamerican Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology, Department of History,  Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies

International sponsor: Center for Research and Practice in Cultural Continuity, University of Warsaw

For more information, contact Louise Burkhart ([email protected]) or John Frederick Schwaller ([email protected]).