Blogging takes some time but unfortunately it is so far not a major qualification in the CV. Published books and articles are such merits. Hence I have begun to rethink my blogging on the 2012 circus. Originally I did not intend to make much out of it, just a few posts on the phenomenon. Now I have written 28 posts on the subject and I realize that my own interest in the 2012 phenomenon is greater than I expected (also add several comments on 2012 forums). I have therefore decided to rewrite my posts (and add future ones) into a larger framework that also includes Mel Gibson’s movie Apocalypto.
In short, the framework is how the ancient and contemporary Maya are being used in media and non-academic discourse as an example of success and ultimate collapse of apocalyptic dimensions (often related to our own climate problems, social, political, and religious transformations, etc.). In other words, I am interested in how a Christian apocalyptic and millenarian discourse overcodes Mayanist research. Deleuze and Guattari’s regimes of signs will be a major source of influence for analyzing these processes. Hopefully the book will be published in 2011 or early 2012 (one academic publisher has shown interest in the project but I need to get financial support to get it printed). I have not come up with the title yet but something like Millenarianism and the Maya: How to overcode academic research with ethnocentrism will do.