2016 Conference Program

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“Seeking Harbor in Our Histories: Lights in the Darkness”

April 1-2, 2016, Boston Marriott Hotel Burlington

Goddess Scholarship draws on historical, ethnographic and folk sources, among others, to document and honor the sacred and mundane stories which animate the traditions and spiritual lives of our global sisters and our foremothers.

This year’s conference theme embraces the heritage of location in the historical City of Boston, a harbor city rich in stories and symbols of First Nations of the Atlantic Northeast and the formation of the United States.

We are delighted to announce presentations by three outstanding keynote speakers.  Dr. Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum,  feminist cultural historian and author of  Black MadonnasDark Mother:  African origins and godmothersThe Future Has an Ancient Heart, and, forthcoming, black bird in a pear tree.  Dr. Elinor Gadon is a Resident Scholar of the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center, and is author of  The Once and Future Goddess:  A Symbol for Our Time and Tiger by the Tail:  Women Artists of India Transforming Culture.  Dr. Margaret M. Bruchac (Abenaki), is an anthropologist, museum consultant, historian, and performer. Her work includes Indigenous Archaeologies: A Reader in Decolonization, and Dreaming Again:  Algonkian Poetry.

The program will include a special session of authors featured  in the new anthology, Foremothers of the Women’s Spirituality Movement: Elders and Visionaries, edited by Vicki Noble and Miriam Robbins Dexter.

Plan to come a day early to attend the Matriarchal Studies Day on Thursday March 31, held in the same venue, where speakers will include Lydia Ruyle, Vicki Noble, Genevieve Vaughan, and Julie Felix.

And–check the conference blog for notices about related post-conference events.