“Creating the Chalice,” the 2012 National Conference Program

Chalice (and hand) by Susan Minyard

Registration is now open for our 2012 National Conference, “Creating the Chalice:  Imagination and Integrity in Goddess Studies.”  (See the registration page to register and, if you like, become a member.)

The conference takes place May 11-12, at the Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.  We have a block of rooms reserved at a group rate; see link to Holiday Inn FW.

We are excited to present a rich and varied program this year.  Some of our panel topics include:

  • Archaeomythology
  • Cultural Appropriation
  • Mother-Daughter Mythology
  • Place Wisdom
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Methodologies
  • Womanism, Goddess Studies, and Women’s Spirituality
  • Visual Arts
  • Matriarchal Studies
  • Poetry
  • Women in Publishing

Our keynote speakers are Miriam Robbins Dexter, Judy Grahn, and Ana Castillo.  There will also be a special presentation by our 2012 Demeter Award winner, Charlene Spretnak.  We will also have as a special panelist Dr. Heide Goertner-Abendroth, founder of Modern Matriarchal Studies. And we will present the winners of the Kore Award for Best Dissertation in Women and Mythology, and the Sarasvati Awards for Best Published Fiction and Non-fiction Books.

As in our past conference and symposia, we will feature selected films that are relevant to issues in women’s experiences, feminisms, and mythology.    We will also include workshops that permit the integration of body-mind wisdom.

We will again feature a lively networking luncheon, with opportunities to meet other participants to discuss such topics as academic careers, ritual, issues for graduate students, and the performing and visual arts.  We will have a Book Fair and Marketplace for arts and crafts.

Friday evening’s entertainment is coordinated by faculty members from the California Institute of Integral Studies and the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology.

Remember that the Matriarchal Studies Day takes place in the same location, on May 10—the day before our conference begins!  We hope that you will be able to attend both events for a long weekend of stimulating and inspiring presentations.

Keep checking back–in a few weeks we will announce the schedule.

About the chalice:  see Susan’s work at www.SweetwaterPottery.biz

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7 comments on ““Creating the Chalice,” the 2012 National Conference Program
  1. LLONA O'GORMAN says:

    This announcement has just arrived in my mail box,today, April 22, 2012, and the early bird entry fee ends, April 17th????? Llona O’Gorman llona@shaw.ca P.S. Do you have senior rates?

    • gscholars says:

      Hi Llona,
      Mercury is in retrograde for sure–it’s March 30 today, and there’s still time to get the early bird rates until April 17. We do not have senior rates for the conference, though we do have low income/student rates for membership. We may have limited opportunities for work-study with fee reduction. If you like, we will add your name to the list of possible helpers.

  2. Paige Cousineau says:

    Hoping to attend this conference, but finding the Fisherman’s Wharf hotel a bit too pricey. Would you please recommend some other options close to the conference.
    Thank you

    • gscholars says:

      Hi Paige,
      When you register you’ll be invited to join the ASWM Yahoo group, which is set up for folks wanting to share transportation or housing. It also has a list of other hotel options in the vicinity of the conference. Hope to see you there!

  3. Graell says:

    This looks fabulous! Please visit us at http://www.goddesstempleashland.com to learn how we have been creating the chalice thru raising a Goddess Temple, Stone-Wood Henge, Food and Herb Gardens, School of Sacred Bee Keeping, Ceremonial Immersion Pool, Avalon Sanctuary and more! please let us know if any of our Goddess Temple Melissae can serve at this conference.

    • gscholars says:

      Thanks! Your Goddess Temple sounds like a wonderful reason to go to Oregon.
      I will contact you off list about possible volunteer opportunities at our conference.

      • Graell says:

        YES, an excellent reason to visit Oregon! and our Temple is at The WellSprings warm mineral spa! http://www.jacksonwellsprings.com Wait for the warm weather… come soak, visit the Goddess Temple, and camp! and along with all that goodness, Ashland’s Theatre experience is AMAZING! with love and gratitude, Graell

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