Mediating the Maya: Hieroglyphic imaging and objectivity

  title={Mediating the Maya: Hieroglyphic imaging and objectivity},
  author={Matthew C. Watson},
Drawing from the science studies literature on scientific visualization, this essay examines how techniques of imaging Maya hieroglyphs have established conditions that constrain contemporary scholars’ systems of historical imagination and interpretation. I discuss imaging techniques innovated by three significant Mayanists: J. Eric S. Thompson, Merle Greene Robertson, and Linda Schele. Building on the work of historians of science Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison, I identify these Mayanist… CONTINUE READING