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‘Mother of modern matriarchal studies’ to speak Oct. 8

There is a general misunderstanding that matriarchal societies are “ruled by women.”

Goettner-Abendroth

Goettner-Abendroth

According to modern matriarchal studies, these non-patriarchal societies are actually shown to be gender-egalitarian and consensus-based societies, actively creating peace and sustainability.

Dr. Heide Goettner-Abendroth, a philosopher and researcher on culture and society known as the founding “mother of modern matriarchal studies,” will present “Societies in Balance: Re-Thinking Matriarchy in Modern Matriarchal Studies” Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ingman Room.

The lecture will provide 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.

Goettner-Abendroth, who was born in Thuringia, Germany, earned her PhD in philosophy of science at the University of Munich, where she taught philosophy for 10 years. She is the founder and director of the International Academy HAGIA for Matriarchal Studies and Matriarchal Spirituality in Germany.

In 2003, Goettner-Abendroth organized and guided the first World Congress on Matriarchal Studies in Luxembourg and in 2005 the second World Congress on Matriarchal Studies in San Marcos, Texas.

She was elected in 2005 by the international initiative “1,000 Peace Women Across the Globe” as a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The free, public lecture is sponsored by UT Department of Women’s and Gender’s Studies.

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