I hold a doctorate in Spanish with a specialization in Latin American Literature from the University of Toronto. I am a professor of languages in the School of Liberal Studies at Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario. My research examines contemporary Maya literature from a cultural and gender studies perspective. I recently co-authored a book Unwriting Maya Literature: Ts’íib as Recorded Knowledge (March 2019) with Paul M. Worley, in which we privilege the Maya category ts’íib over constructions of the literary in order to reveal how Maya peoples themselves conceive of cultural production.
Unwriting Maya Literature: Ts’íib as Recorded Knowledge
Co-authored with Paul M. Worley.
University of Arizona Press, 2019.
Unwriting Maya Literature provides a decolonial framework for reading Maya texts, building on the work of Maya authors and intellectuals Gaspar Pedro González (Q’anjob’al) and Irma Otzoy (Kaqchikel). We privilege the Maya category ts’íib to reveal how Maya peoples themselves conceive of artistic creation, thereby offering a decolonial departure from theoretical approaches that remain situated within alphabetic Maya linguistic and literary creation.
February 26, 2020 – College of Liberal Arts Scholarly Intersections, California State University, Long Beach.
◆”Beyond the Written Word: Contemporary Maya Cultural Production.”
February 24-25, 2020 – Indigenous Writers and Their Critics, University of California, San Diego.
◆ “Más allá del texto: La cartografía visual/vivencial de Chi Xot” Beyond Text: The Visual/Lived Cartography of Chi Xot.
September 28, 2019 (2:45 – 3:45 PM EDT) – “Working at a Canadian Institution.” Faculty Job Market Conference. Beyond the Professoriate.
July 16-19, 2019 – III CILCAC Conferencia Internacional sobre Literatura Centroamericana Contemporánea: Literaturas Indígenas y Afrodescendientes. Feria Internacional del Libro en Guatemala (FILGUA), Guatemala. Advisory committee member and presenter.
◆ Worley, Paul M. and Rita M. Palacios. “La escritura pensada de otra manera: Ts’íib y el reto a la palabra escrita.” Writing Another Way: Ts’íib and a Challenge to the Written Word.
May 24-27, 2019 – LASA Annual Congress, Boston.
Session organizer and presenter. Session: New studies and perspectives on contemporary Indigenous literatures from Mexico and Guatemala.
◆ Worley, Paul M. and Rita M. Palacios, “Other Ways of Writing through Ts’íib.”
May 10 -12, 2019 – CALACS-ACELAC Annual Conference, York University, Toronto.
◆ “The Art of Performance: Maya Artists Take the Stage in Contemporary Guatemala.”
This is a recent thread, a follow up to my visit to the National Art Gallery of Canada’s Àbadakone. Here, I discuss Fernando Poyón’s body of work on the practice of mapping. Give it a read on the Twitter or right here: Fernando Poyón – Curated tweets by ProfRPalacios
Unwriting y podcasting en 2019: Una mirada retrospectiva This past year Paul, my co-author, and I had the good fortune of recording not one but three podcasts: one for SECOLAS’ Historias series and two for Mesoamerican Studies On Air (one in English and one in Spanish). This was very exciting because Unwriting Maya Literature came …
This is a Twitter thread I threw together last Spring on new books on cultural production in Abya Yala that had been recently published. New Books 2018-2019 – Curated tweets by ProfRPalacios