Seeking Proposals for 2012 ASWM Conference

Chalice (and hand) by Susan Minyard


Imagination and Integrity in Goddess Studies

The Association for the Study of Women

and Mythology

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 by January 15, 2012.  Include bio of up to 70 words for each presenter, as well as contact information including surface address and email.

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6 comments on “Seeking Proposals for 2012 ASWM Conference
  1. I have a quick question regarding timing. You list the conference as occurring during May 10-13, 2012 (which is Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), and have previously mentioned Matriarchal Studies day is occurring the day before your conference — on May 10th. Did you mean to say the ASWM Conference is actually occurring on the 11th through the 14th, or am I misunderstanding? Thank you for any assistance in clearing this up for me. 🙂

    • gscholars says:

      It is a bit confusing–here’s how it works for the two events together: Matriarchal Studies Day is on Thursday, May 10. The evening keynote for that day (7 pm) is presented jointly with ASWM, so we have listed it as a “pre-conference” session, which is included in the MAtriarchal Studies Day fee.

      The registration desk for the ASWM conference opens early Friday morning, and the conference runs from 9 AM Friday until 9:30 PM Saturday the 13th. There are no sessions on the 14th. If you register for both events, you won’t miss a thing! The two events don’t compete for time or space.

      Hope this helps.

  2. Oh, curses! I read the entry, which clearly says Jan. 15, and not the comments. Now I’m too late. Drat, drat, drat!

    • gscholars says:

      Hi Macha,
      No! You are not too late! I am sorry for the confusion but the Dec 15 deadline was a misprint. You have until Jan 15 to submit a proposal. I will look forward to seeing your proposal.
      Sid for ASWM

  3. Tzu-wen Fan says:

    There’s something wrong with the deadline, isn’t it? Shouldn’t it be December 15, 2011?

    • gscholars says:

      Actually, we made an error based on an old draft–the deadline isn’t until JAN 15 2012! Thanks for catching one error and leading us to see the other. If you want to submit a proposal there is still time.