In 2003, the First World Congress on Matriarchal Studies, “SOCIETIES IN BALANCE,” took place in Luxembourg. Chiefly sponsored by that country’s Minister of Family and Women’s Affairs, Marie-Josée Jacobs, it was organized and guided by Heide Goettner-Abendroth, founding director of International Academy HAGIA in Germany. It was a ground-breaking event that brought together for the first time international scholars who had previously been working on this issue in relative isolation from each other. A milestone with great historical implications for Matriarchal Studies in general, it grew out of Academy HAGIA’s international contacts and enabled a wide-ranging, alternative scientific network to come into its own.
(see Final Report on the “First World Congress on Matriarchal Studies”, PDF)
The congress papers of the first congress have been published in German in:
Heide Goettner-Abendroth (Hg.): Gesellschaft in Balance
Kohlhammer Verlag und Edition Hagia, Stuttgart 2006
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