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Luxemburg 2003
First World Congress on Matriarchal Studies


1st Worldcongress Program

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



Photo Gallery 1st Worldcongress

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Luxembourg, city of the Congress
Minister for Women's Affairs          Hémicycle Hall
The matron of the Congress, Marie José Jacobs, Minister for Women’s Affairs

The congress hall Hémicycle
Heide Goettner-Abendroth opens the Congress
Aileen Massar
Aileen Massar, Khasi, from India
Hélène Claudot-Hawad, Ruxian Yan, Xiaoxing Liu, Lamu Gatusa,
Hélène Claudot-Hawad, France

Ruxian Yan (right) and Xiaoxing Liu (left) from China

Lamu Gatusa, Mosuo, from China (left) talking
Joan Marler
Joan Marler, USA
Michael Dames
Michael Dames, Great Britain
Claudia von Werlhof, Maria Mies, Vicki Noble
Break with Claudia von Werlhof (left), Maria Mies (center), Vicki Noble (2nd from right)