Here is a link to blogtalkradio, where Creatrix Media has compiled their informal interviews with ASWM presenters and participants at our 2012 conference in San Francisco. Thanks, Jayne and Anitra, for making these interviews available!
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An Open Letter, with Thanks, to the Foremothers, by Molly Harris
I knew that the ASWM conference would be really enjoyable and interesting, but I had no idea how amazingly meaningful and life-enhancing it would be for me. Just sitting in that ballroom and seeing so many wise women in one place, I realized that each began some 30-40 years ago in a very small way to create a new spirituality that brought back an ancient spirituality.
I was touched by the power in that room, and the willingness of everyone to come together and share in spite of differences of approach. In fact, the differences were what made the conference whole and complete. I felt a connection with each woman I sat by at lunch or spoke to in between sessions. Everyone was wise and supportive.
When I made my presentation at the very end of the day on Saturday, I was touched to see each woman I had connected with slip into the room as I was preparing to speak. I felt held and supported in this new endeavor. The women who presented with me were brilliant, and our moderator couldn’t have been more knowledgeable and kind. I made so many new friends! And it was good to push myself and do something new; that was part of the power of the experience, also, to put myself out there and be seen.
The conference was such a perfect blend of scholarship and spirituality. It couldn’t have been better. Visually it was inspiring just to see the colorful Goddess clothing and jewelry and the spirit of so many incredibly beautiful women flowing through the rooms. I heard so much laughter and saw many tears, both of grief and joy. I learned so much and took in so much in the music and dance and poetry and sacred ambience.
I was enthralled the whole time I was there, and I was carried home in an aura of joy and gratitude for the Spirit of Women.
Exploring Myth: Culture, Theory, Practice
August 31-September 2, 2012, Santa Barbara, CA
The first Symposium for the Study of Myth Co-sponsored by the Joseph Campbell Foundation, Opus Archives and Research Center, and Pacifica Graduate Institute. The Symposium will be held at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus.
This interdisciplinary gathering will pay tribute to the fact that myth is a changing, elastic landscape that flourishes in surprising ways. Symposium themes are organized around three broad areas of inquiry and action: Myth in Theory, Myth in Culture, and Myth in Practice, and will include a blend of self-selecting energies and traditional formats. There will be roundtable discussion sessions, paper panels, keynote lectures by luminaries in the field of myth studies, and special events that include media presentations and performances.
For more information: studyofmyth.org
Christine Downing Dissertation Fellowship for 2012
OPUS Archives and Research Center is announcing the Christine Downing Dissertation Fellowship for 2012.
This Fellowship carries the name of Professor Downing in acknowledgement of her contribution to the fields of depth psychology and mythology, her many years of teaching at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and her gift to OPUS of her own archival materials. The purpose of the Downing Fellowship will be to award an annual scholarship to dissertation students of any accredited graduate level institution in the fields of depth psychology and mythology. Once awarded, the winning student must use the collections at OPUS for a significant amount of her or his dissertation research.
The archival collections available for research at OPUS include Joseph Campbell, Marija Gimbutas, James Hillman, Jane and Joseph Wheelwright, Christine Downing, Marion Woodman, Adolf Guggenbühl-Craig, and Katie Sanford. Visit our website for more information at http://www.opusarchives.org
Applicants must demonstrate the necessity of substantial on-site use of OPUS’ collections.
Eligible Candidates. Students in doctoral programs writing within the fields of depth psychology and mythology whose proposal and /or first two chapters of the dissertation has been accepted by their dissertation committee. Further, the student must plan to use the collections at OPUS for a significant amount of their research. The fellowship will be awarded September 15, 2012.
Amount and Duration of Fellowship. The fellowship award is $5000. These funds are for one (1) year of research to be conducted between October 1, 2012 and October 1, 2013.
Dates and Deadlines:
Deadline for Submission: June 30, 2012 Notification of Awarded Grants: September 15, 2012
Selection Committees. Proposals will initially be screened by OPUS staff. Final selection will be made by the Fellowship committee which includes Christine Downing, David Miller, Richard Tarnas and Lyn Cowan.If You’re Interested. Please visit our website and review the application and instructions – http://www.opusarchives.org. If after reviewing these pages you have further questions, please email email@example.com
OPUS Archives and Research Center is a non-profit research center that houses the archives of Joseph Campbell, Marija Gimbutas, James Hillman, Jane and Joseph Wheelwright, Christine Downing, Marion Woodman, Adolf Guggenbühl-Craig, and Katie Sanford. In addition to safeguarding these important resources, OPUS works to foster ongoing research in the fields of depth psychology and mythological
CREATING THE CHALICE:
Imagination and Integrity in Goddess Studies
The Association for the Study of Women
Biennial National Conference
San Francisco May 11-12, 2012.
Advancing our scholarship involves the evolution and refinement of our methods. Suggested topics for this exciting conference might include, but are not limited to, the following:
- What are new paths for the field of Women’s Spirituality and Goddess Studies? How creative can we be? Are we inventing, reconstructing, or using creative license to reawaken and bring the past into the present? How do we evaluate this work? How can we use this creative work together with more “traditional’ approaches to advance our scholarship?
- What are new models and methods for our scholarly inquiry? Can we develop and advance our scholarship with methods such as Organic or Heuristic inquiry? What is Spiritual Autobiography, and how can this be useful? Sacred geography? What else? How shall our new methods be evaluated? What are our criteria for solid scholarship using these new models?
- What are the complexities around issues of Cultural Appropriation? How do we understand and address the tensions around rootedness and local culture on the one hand, and issues of lineage and history on the other? Are there new models of scholarship that honor history and culture while simultaneously enriching our scholarship?
Proposals for papers, panels, and workshops addressing these topics will be given preference, but other subjects will be considered. Papers should be 20 minutes; up to four papers on a related topic may be proposed together. Workshops (limited to 90 minutes) should be organized to provide audience interaction and must clearly address theme.
Presenters from all disciplines are welcome, as well as creative artists and practitioners who engage mythic themes in a scholarly manner in their work. Presenters must become members of ASWM prior to conference.
Send 250-word abstract (for panels, 200 word abstract plus up to 150 words per paper) to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2012. Include bio of up to 70 words for each presenter, as well as contact information including surface address and email.
About the chalice: see Susan’s work at www.SweetwaterPottery.biz