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Non-patriarchal societies are called “matriarchal” in the new field of modern Matriarchal Studies. A clear scientific definition of “matriarchy” has been missing until now. This has lead to the misunderstanding that matriarchy refers to “rule by women” and has conceived a long lasting, ideologically distorting prejudice against it.
This situation has been changed by modern Matriarchal Studies, which have been developing during the last decades and were presented by many scholars and indigenous speakers at two recent World Congresses on Matriarchal Studies in Europe and the USA.
The lecture provided an outline of the deep structure of matriarchal societies, including economic, social, political, and cultural aspects, which have been gained from cross-cultural research on still existing indigenous matriarchal societies all over the world.
Their economic, political, societal and spiritual patterns are of the utmost interest; they demonstrate how societies can be created and maintained free of violence and based on gender-balance and friendly reciprocity. Such organizational patterns are valid for the microstructures of family, clan, and village, as well as for the macrostructures of city, region and the associations of regions, as well as for global structures. Through such models, the paradigm of a new form of society will be developed.
Dr. Heide Goettner-Abendroth from the HAGIA Academy for Matriarchal Studies and Matriarchal Spirituality Winzer, Germany presented on the concept of matriarchy in modern times.
The event was sponsored by the Department of Women's and Gender Studies in the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences. It is also co-sponsored by President's Lecture Series on Diversity, The School for Interdisciplinary Studies, Law and Social Thought Program, Department of History, and Honors College.