Thursday 29th September

Words of Welcome
Heide Goettner-Abendroth, International Academy  HAGIA, Germany
Genevieve Vaughan, Center for the Study of the Gift Economy, USA
Sandra Mayo, Multicultural and Gender Studies, Texas State University-San Marcos
Part I.  Theory and Politics of Matriarchal Societies
Panel 1
Heide Goettner-Abendroth, Germany, Matriarchal Societies – Definition and Theory
Claudia von Werlhof, Austria, The Utopia of a Motherless World – Patriarchy as "War-System"
Genevieve Vaughan, USA/Italy, Matriarchy vs. the Market
Part II.  Present Matriarchal Societies - America
Panel 2: North America and Oceania
Barbara Mann, Bear Clan of the Ohio Seneca, Iroquois, USA. "They Are the Soul of the Councils": The Iroquoian Model of Woman-Power [Keynote Speaker]
Mililani B. Trask, Hawaii, About the Polynesian People
Taimalie Kiwi Tamasese, Samoan, New Zealand, Restoring Liberative Elements of our Cultural Gender Arrangements
Panel 3:  Central and South America
Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen, Germany, Matriarchal Principles for Today Economies and Societies: What We Can Learn from Juchitán / Mexico
Rosa Martha Toledo, Juchiteca, Mexico, The Life Cycle of  the Juchiteca
Doña Enriqueta Contreras, midwife/healer, Oaxaca, Mexico, The Sierra Juarez Zapotecs of Oaxaca as a Cultural Matriarchy
Antje Olowaili, Germany, "Goldmother Created her Children on Earth"– The Kuna Culture
Mariela de la Ossa, Kuna, Panama, About the Kuna people
Uschi Madeisky and Gudrun Frank-Wissmann, Germany. "Societies in Balance": Film documentation of the First World Congress on Matriarchal Studies, Luxembourg 2003

Friday 30th September 

Part III.  Present Matriarchal Societies - Africa
Panel 4:  North Africa
Hélène Claudot-Hawad, France "Woman the Central Pillar of Society". The Representation of Gender among the Tuareg (Imajaghen)/Sahara
Fatimata welet Halatine, Tuareg (Imajaghen), Central Sahara. Renouncing privileges: a Tuareg Woman in Modern Times
Malika Grasshoff, Kabyle, Berber, Algeria/France/Germany. The Central  Position of Women among the Berber People of Northern Africa, exemplified by Kabyle Women
Panel 5: West and South Africa
Wilhelmina J. Donkoh, Akan, Ghana, West Africa. Female Leadership among the Ashante
Gad A. Osafo, healer, Akan, Ghana, West Africa. Akan Healing Heritage – an Overview
Cécile Keller, woman doctor/healer, Switzerland. Matriarchal Medicine
Dr. Yvette Abrahams, Khoekhoe, Namibia, South Africa. Living in Our Natural World: Indigenous Women, Power and Knowledge
Bernedette Muthien, Khoisan, South Africa. Beyond Patriarchy: The Khoisan and Partnership
Part IV.  Present Matriarchal Societies - Asia
 Panel 6:  India, Sumatra, China
Patricia Mukhim, Khasi, Northeast India. Matriliny among the Khasi and Garos of Meghalaya: Challenges and Opportunities
Savithri de Tourreil, Nayar, Kerala, Southwest India/Canada. Nayars: matrilineal or matriarchal or a bit of both?How do they fit into a South Indian Matrix
Peggy Reeves Sanday, USA. Divine Queenship: Considerations from the Minangkabau of West Sumatra of West Sumatra
Ibu Ita Malik, Minangkabau, Sumatra, Indonesia. The Role of Minangkabau Women
Lamu Gatusa, Mosuo, China. A Sacred Place of Matriarchy: Lugu Lake – Harmonious Past and Challenging Present
Danshilacuo, Mosuo, China. Mosuo Woman – Environment, Pullulation, and Views on Own Culture
Saturday  1st October
Part V. Past - Historical Matriarchal Societies
Panel 7:  Research in the USA
Joan Marler, USA. Old  Europe through  a  Matriarchal  Lens
Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum, Italy/USA. Black Madonnas, Cathars, and Witches – Peaceful Societies and Violence
Vicki Noble, USA. Those Without Husbands: How the Amazons Got Their Name
Marguerite Rigoglioso, USA. In Search of the Libyan Amazons: Preliminary Research in Tunisia
Susan Gail Carter, USA. The Matristic Roots of Japan and the Emergence of the Japanese Sun Goddess, Amaterasu-o-mi-kami
Panel 8:  Research in Europe
Annette Kuhn, Germany. Transitions of Matriarchal Power in the Symbolic and Social Sphere in History
Kurt Derungs, Switzerland. Landscape of the Ancestress. Principles of the Matriarchal, Philosophy of Nature and the Mythology of Landscape
Kaarina Kailo, Finland. The "Helka Fest" - Traces of a Finno-Ugric Matriarchy and Worldview?
Christa Mulack, Germany. Matriarchal Structures in the Hebrew Bible
Origin of  Patriarchy
Heide Goettner-Abendroth, Germany. Origin of Patriarchy -Criticism of Theories and a Suggestion for the Solution
Max Dashu, USA. Slides Show: Mother-Right and Gender Justice
Lydia Ruyle, USA. Icons: Sacred Images of the Divine Feminine Around the Globe
Sunday  2nd October 
Part VI. Matriarchal Politics
Big Panel: All of the lecturers are invited who would like to make a short statement on this topic.
Developing  a DECLARATION

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