CREATING THE CHALICE:
Imagination and Integrity in Goddess Studies
The Association for the Study of Women
Biennial National Conference
San Francisco May 11-12, 2012.
Advancing our scholarship involves the evolution and refinement of our methods. Suggested topics for this exciting conference might include, but are not limited to, the following:
- What are new paths for the field of Women’s Spirituality and Goddess Studies? How creative can we be? Are we inventing, reconstructing, or using creative license to reawaken and bring the past into the present? How do we evaluate this work? How can we use this creative work together with more “traditional’ approaches to advance our scholarship?
- What are new models and methods for our scholarly inquiry? Can we develop and advance our scholarship with methods such as Organic or Heuristic inquiry? What is Spiritual Autobiography, and how can this be useful? Sacred geography? What else? How shall our new methods be evaluated? What are our criteria for solid scholarship using these new models?
- What are the complexities around issues of Cultural Appropriation? How do we understand and address the tensions around rootedness and local culture on the one hand, and issues of lineage and history on the other? Are there new models of scholarship that honor history and culture while simultaneously enriching our scholarship?
Proposals for papers, panels, and workshops addressing these topics will be given preference, but other subjects will be considered. Papers should be 20 minutes; up to four papers on a related topic may be proposed together. Workshops (limited to 90 minutes) should be organized to provide audience interaction and must clearly address theme.
Presenters from all disciplines are welcome, as well as creative artists and practitioners who engage mythic themes in a scholarly manner in their work. Presenters must become members of ASWM prior to conference.
Send 250-word abstract (for panels, 200 word abstract plus up to 150 words per paper) to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2012. Include bio of up to 70 words for each presenter, as well as contact information including surface address and email.
About the chalice: see Susan’s work at www.SweetwaterPottery.biz