Given the intentions behind this symposium, ACS 4 used the old concept and practice of "SALON" to organize scholarly and professional activities. A 'Salon' is a gathering of people under one roof or in a special place brought together with the purpose of learning, enjoying, or debating ideas, artwork, and projects. Salons have traditionally consisted in direct, oral, hands-on engagements between presenter(s) and audiences. Following this custom, ACS 4 requested works able to resort to old (i.e., rhethoric, dialectics, praxis) and new (i.e., reflection-in-action, action research) methods of discussion and inquiry in one of the following two categories:
A 30 minute led conversation on a particular theme of relevance to ACS 4. Authors presentes their point in 10-15 minutes and then moderated the ensuing discussion among attendees. This format was appropriate to test new ideas, projects, programs, and work as well as to provoke attendees into new territories of ACS reflection and experience. Discussion papers included a series of questions or issues that were posed for the audience to respond, comment, or debate. Authors were also expected to direct the discussion during their 30 minute time limit. We had 6 works in this category. To review them, please follow this link: papers
A 1-2 hour long guided activity that had specific intentions, follows a clear methodology, seeks specific (and reviewable) results, and symposium attendees could be interested to undertake (individually or in groups). A workshop was to be embedded within the various activities attendees were to take place during ACS 4 (e.g., while visiting the ruins) and elective. There were 4 workshops. To review them, please follows this link: workshops
Mesoamerican & Sacred Space scholar Lindsay Jones discussed Mayan civilization, religion, and sacred architecture and Chichen Itza in particular. His excellent knowledge of Mexico and the Yucatan also proved handy and insightful during the full trip. He was our official guide to the ruins. His symposium keynote lecture was entitled "Narrating Chichen Itza: A Modest Contribution to the History of Ideas -- and Storytelling -- about the City of the Sacred Well."
There were a few rules to follow: all selected works had to occur on site, consume little or no resources, and run only on analog technology (paper, muscle, voice). No digital or electricity-based system was permitted or provided. Hence the idea of ‘Salon’ as the selected format of symposium operation.