Conference review: lectures

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Photographs: Andrea Schlund (Foto AS) and Renate Fuchs (Foto RF). Copyright: © International Academie HAGIA


Thursday May 12, 2011

Opening and Welcome

Welcome Words from Dr. Heide Goettner-Abendroth
Welcome Words Heide Goettner-Abendroth (PDF-file, German)

Welcome words from Dr. Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold
(Former Swiss Parliamentarian, Member of the Council of Europe, Co-President of “PeaceWomen Across the Globe”)
Welcome words Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold (PDF-file, German)

Welcome words from lic.iur. Elisabeth Beéry
(City Councillor of the city St. Gallen, Switzerland)

The three Organizers:
Significance and Aims of the Conference
Significance and Aims of the Conference (PDF-file, German)

The conference in its entirety was a spiritual event. All spiritual parts were led by Cécile Keller:
Opening ceremony of the Conference

25th Anniversary of the International Academy HAGIA, 1986 – 2011

Formal speech: Heide Goettner-Abendroth, Cécile Keller
Academy HAGIA. A Source for Matriarchal Studies, Politics, and Spirituality
Formal speech (PDF-file, German)

Statements from Members of the Academy HAGIA

Celebrating the Year of the Earth – Matriarchal Mystery Festivals at the Academy HAGIA
Film from Gudrun Frank-Wissmann and Uschi Madeisky

Friday May 13, 2011

Lydia Ruyle, USA
Images and Herstories of Goddesses of the World
(Morning meditation and speech)
Morning meditation and speech, Presentation on YouTube

Insights from Matriarchal Studies

Dr. Heide Goettner-Abendroth, Germany
Modern Matriarchal Studies.
The basic ideas and actual situation
Speech (PDF-file, German)

Indigenous scholars from the Americas, Africa, and Asia discussed their own matriarchal societies:

North America: Prof. Barbara Mann, Iroquois, Seneca, USA
The Matriarchal Politics of Buffalos
Speech (PDF-file)

Central America: Marina Meneses, Juchitàn, Mexico
Commerce between Juchitecan women: Economic security, independence and cultural sustenance

Africa: Bernedette Muthien, KhoeSan, South Africa
Matriarchies in Africa: Decolonising Love & the Egalitarian KhoeSan

Asia: Patricia Mukhim, Khasi, Meghalaya, India
Politics of the Khasi Matriarchy: Towards a new understanding and reclaiming the lost spaces
Speech (PDF-file)

Asia: Dr. Valentina Pakyntein, Khasi-Pnar, Meghalaya, India
The Pnar Trilogy: Explicating Dynamics of Gendered relations through the Lahoo Dance

Asia: Letecia Layson, Philippines/USA
AncientFuture Memories – Babaylan in an age of Globalization

Younger, non-indigenous had the space to present their work as examples of the 2nd generation in modern Matriarchal Studies:

Dr. Mariam Irene Tazi-Preve, Austria
The Private is Political. Familiy relations under patriarchal and matriarchal conditions
Speech (PDF-file, German)

Dr. Marguerite Rigoglioso, USA
Matriarchal Spirituality and Virgin Birth
Speech (PDF-file)

Grand Opening of the MatriArchiv

The world’s first scholarly and multi-lingual library on Matriarchal Studies was officially opened in the famous library-city St. Gallen:

Christina Schlatter, Switzerland
The MatriArchiv.
About its foundation and significance
Speech (PDF-file, german) and PowerPoint foils (PDF-file)

Homepage of the MatriArchiv:

Festive opening of the MatriArchiv in the Canton Library Vadiana
Welcome words Kantonsbibliothekar Cornel Dora and Speech Heide Goettner-Abendroth

Saturday May 14, 2011

Kathy Jones, Glastonbury, Great Britain
Inspired by the Lady of Avalon: Creating a Goddess-centered World for the 21st Century
(Morning meditation and speech)

Perspectives of Matriarchal Politics

The principles of matriarchal politics were presented as follows:

Genevieve Vaughan, USA/Italien
Theory and Practice of the Gift Economy
Speech (PDF-file)

Prof. Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen, Germany
Politics of the Subsistence Perspective
Speech (PDF-file, German)

Dr. Heide Goettner-Abendroth, Germany
Matriarchal Politics and the vision for a new society
Speech (PDF-file, German)

Matriarchal Political Practice

Examples of new matriarchal life ways from the feminist and other alternative movements were presented by:


Dr. Christa Mueller, Germany
Gardens: Creative places for a new urban civilization
More about her book


Johannes Heimrath and Lara Mallien, Germany
Matriarchal aspects of an existing community. The natural condition of an intentional extended family
Speech (PDF-file, German)

Lin Daniels MA, USA
Pagoda: Temple of Love and the Pagoda Community. A Western Model of a Matrifocal Community of Lesbian Feminists
Speech (PDF-file)

Dr. Angela Cuevas de Dolmetsch, Colombia
Nashira. Building a new matriarchal Society in Colombia
Speech (PDF-file)

The Matriarchal Manifesta
Proclaiming the Matriarchal Manifesta and speech of the Bolivian ambassador Walter P. Veliz
Matriarchal Manifesta (PDF-file)


70th Birthday of Heide Goettner-Abendroth

She was honored for her life’s work.

Official speakers and celebration (guided by Cécile Keller)

Film: A Life Dedicated to Matriarchal Studies: Heide Goettner-Abendroth
Film-portrait from Gudrun Frank-Wissmann
Speech by Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen and Kurt Derungs

Sunday May 15, 2011

Matriarchal Political Practice (continued)

Vicki Noble, USA
Morning meditation


Prof. Claudia von Werlhof, Austria
The “Planetary Movement for Mother Earth” – Why it has been founded and why it is necessary
Speech (PDF-file, German)

Siegrun Laurent, Germany
From Feminisms to a Matriarchal Society. The example of the Academy ALMA MATER
Speech (PDF-file, German)

Katie Hoffner MBA, USA
Mother Earth’s Political Party”: The Importance of Women’s Voice in Restoring Balance to Our Planet

Cécile Keller
, Switzerland/Germany
Introduction for the procession through the city

We are going into the public space of a city.

The conference ended with a procession through St. Gallen, bringing the idea of matriarchal life ways into the public space of a city.

Procession through the city of St. Gallen

See also Spiritual part: the great circle of the world and the Conference photo (photo gallery).

The lectures are recorded and can be ordered from AVRecord: Order the the conference films.