R. Tom Zuidema
CAS Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
Professor Zuidema studies South American anthropology and ethnohistory.
His scholarship on Inca society began in the 1960s with his dissertation
on the Ceque System, the organizational framework of space and people
that governed the Royal City of Cuzco and, by extension, the whole of
the Inca Empire before its destruction by Pizarro in 1532-34. His early
book The Ceque System of Cuzco (1964) was translated into Italian
(1971) and into Spanish (1995) with a new evaluation of the problem.
His lectures on Inca civilization, delivered in 1984 at the Collège de
France, Paris, led to his book La Civilization Inca au Cuzco
(1986) and were also published in both Spanish (1990) and English
(1990). His recent publications are all related to Andean concepts of
time. He was
appointed by Queen Juliana to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences.
He received the François Premier Medal of the Collège de France and doctorates honoris causa from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Lima, Peru
(1993), the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru (2003)
and the University Antonio Abad of Cuzco (2006). The University of
Bologna, Italy, where he lectured in recent years, has now appointed
him to life membership in its Center of Advanced Studies. He received a
“Mención de Honor, International Congress of Americanists. He received a
doctorate honoris causa, University of Cuzco, Peru (2006). In 2008 he
received from the President of the Republic of Peru the Order of "The
Sun of Perú" in the rank of Comendador. Recently was published his book
on "The Inca Calendar" by the Fondo Editorial del Congreso del Peru in
Lima. At the moment he is preparing for publication, studies on
pre-Hispanic textiles representing various calendars and models of
social organization in space and time.