A (M)otherworld is Possible: Two Feminist Visions

The Gift Economy – Matriarchal Studies
October 23-25, 2009, York University, Toronto, Canada

Presented by Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) / The International Academy Hagia / The Gift Economy Network / International Feminists for a Gift Economy

This conference was embedded in MIRCI’s 13th Annual Conference Mothering and the Environment: The Natural, the Social, the Built Oct 22-25, 2009.

Opening Invocation – Agnes Williams

(Seneca, New York)

Welcome words of Andrea O’Reilly




Genevieve Vaughan (USA, Italy)

A Maternal Humanity and the Gift Paradigm

Heide Goettner-Abendroth (Germany)

Matriarchies as Mother-centered Societies

Wahu Kaara (Kenya)

Feminist thinking in Context of African experience in the struggle for space, place and contribution to Human Prosperity

Barbara Mann (Seneca, Ohio)

Listen to Your Mother

Debbie Winegarten (USA)

Legacy of Gift Giving Mothers

Malika Grasshoff (Berber, Kabyle)

The Meaning of Motherhood among the Berber of North Africa

Nané Jordan: (USA)

A Poetics of the Placenta. Placental Cosmology as Gift and Sacred Economy

Gudrun Frank-Wissmann (Germany)

The most sacred Ritual on Palau: Initiation of a Mother after First Childbirth

Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum (USA)

The Future has an Ancient Mother: the African Legacy

Letecia Layson (USA)

Priestessing on the Edge of Chaos – Decolonization as revelation to matriarchal spirituality - a brief look at the Babaylan of the Phillipines, past, present and future

Paola Melchiori (Italy)

From Destiny to Choices

Mariam Irene Tazi-Preve (Austria)

What can we learn from Matriarchal Societies?

Nina Simons (USA)

Restoring the Feminine in Education, Economics and All Our Institutions

Marguerite Rigoglioso (USA)

Divine Motherhood: The Case of Ancient Greece

Bernedette Muthien (South Africa)

Egalitarianism and Nonviolence as Gift of Life – the KhoeSan of Southern Africa and Lang Elsie of the Hessequa in the Overberg

Kalli Rose Halvorson (USA)

Peacewalk through the Mother and Daughter Bear Constellations: Bearings of Love and indomitability for our Maternal Humanity

Mechthild Hart (USA, Germany)

Mutual Living Interdependence: An Embodied and Embedded Gift Economy

Nadine McNeil (Jamaica)

Yoga Ethnochoreology: Bodily Practices/ Matriarchal Collectivizing Memory

Mechthild Hart (USA, Germany)

Mutual Living Interdependence: An Embodied and Embedded Gift Economy

Erella Shadmi (Israel)

Feminism, Gift-Giving, Matriarchy – and Anarchism

Keynote Speaker: Pilwha Chang (Korea)

Gift Giving, Mothering, and Ancient Ways

Keynote Speaker: Marina Meneses (Juchitán, Mexico)

About the Life of a Juchitecan Mother

Keynote Speaker: Vicki Noble (USA)

The Scientific Underpinnings of Matriarchal (Mother-Based) Social Organization & Gift Economy Behaviors

Keynote Speaker: Valentina Pakyntein (Khasi, India)

Khasi Matriarchal Social Structure: Tradition and Incessancy

Sobonfu Somé (Burkina Faso, Africa)

The Gift of Mothering

Lydia Ruyle (USA)

World Icons of Mothers and Grandmothers

Agnes Williams (USA, Seneca)

Original Instructions Practised Today: Law of Peace and Code of Handsome Lake

Book Presentation – Societies of Peace

With Heidi Goettner-Abendroth, Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum, Genevieve Vaughan, Bernedette Muthien, Malika Grasshoff, Vicki Nobel, Kaarina Kailo, Marguerite Rigoglioso, & Luciana Ricciutelli

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