Category: Research & Scholarship

Animal Myths and Mysteries at Conference

We are very happy to include in our program such varied and unique scholarship concerning the mysteries of animals.  Ever-present in world myths and literature, animals of all kinds are, in many cases, as much a part of our lives

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Announcing 2018 Kore Award for Best Dissertation

The Association for the Study of Women and Mythology 2018 Kore Award Committee is pleased to announce the following honorees: The 2018 Kore Award for Best Dissertation in Women and Mythology has been awarded to Dr. April Heaslip of Pacifica

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Conference panel: “Fierce and Beneficent Female Figures”

Fierce and Beneficent Female Figures and their Evolution from Prehistory into Modern Folkloric Witches and Fairies and their Enduring Iconography Many Neolithic cultures were equalitarian and matrilocal.  After the migrations of the patriarchal Proto-Indo-Europeans throughout Europe, South Asia, and elsewhere, the

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Upcoming at Conference: Women and Earth-Centered Mythologies

WOMAN AND EARTH-CENTERED MYTHOLOGIES;  TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND SACRED KINSHIP BETWEEN WOMEN, PLANTS AND ANIMALS Joan Marler moderates this important panel for our upcoming conference in March.  Scholars bring the perspective of archaeomythology, which combines archaeological and folklore evidence with information

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Who’s Presenting in March? Cristina Biaggi

Activism into Art into Activism into Art   I will discuss my new (fourth) book ACTIVISM INTO ART INTO ACTIVISM INTO ART with a foreword by Gloria Steinem.  I wrote this book to preserve and share the feminist history that

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Presentation Grant Award Winners: Apela Colorado and Frances Santiago

Mysteries of the Sacred Pond and Its Lizard Guardian: Tribute to Alice Kaehukai Shaw, Memory-keeper of Moku`ula and the Kihawahine Moku`ula, the “Red Island” (referring to menses and genealogy), is one of the most sacred sites in Hawai`i. Moku`ula was

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2018 Sarasvati Award Goes to “Sheela na Gig”

Sheela na gig
: The Dark Goddess of Sacred Power  by Starr Goode Published by Inner Traditions   The ASWM Board of Directors is pleased to present the 2018 Sarasvati Award for nonfiction to Inner Traditions for this provocative and beautiful

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Dr. Peggy Sanday To Explore Concept of “Matrixial” Cultures

“The Matrixial Foundation of Maternal Cultural Meanings in Myth and Ritual” Keynote Presentation, ASWM 2017 Symposium   “In my long term study of and stay with the matrilineal Minangkabau of West Sumatra, Indonesia—off and on between the years l981 and

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Dr Elinor Gadon Receives Demeter Award in 2016

At our 2016 Conference, the ASWM Board of Directorspresented Dr. Elinor Gadon with the Demeter Award for Leadership in Women’s Spirituality.* The award recognizes Dr. Gadon’s lifetime contribution to understanding the cultural and visual history of religion and myth. With this Award, we honor

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Dr. Lucia Birnbaum Receives 2016 Demeter Award

Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, says of Dr. Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum “You are one of the most forward thinking, history conscious, and integrative thinkers… You are doing the work that truly turns the tide.” In a break with

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