Blogging and Social Media—Why does ASWM Care?

ASWM members are a widely varied group.  Some of us are well-established academic scholars, some are independent researchers with no support, and some are students trying to find an audience for subjects close to their hearts.

Likewise, some of us are in the boomer generation, while others, thankfully, are much younger and more likely to be computer savvy.

But any of us who do not know how to effectively share our work online are at a disadvantage these days.  We can’t grow our work if we can’t find others who are interested in learning from us and teaching us.

So we’re pleased to offer a conference session this year that we’re calling ”Skills for Scholars,” in which we give you a tutorial on wordpress blogging (it’s a free platform) and discuss effective use of social media to promote and develop your work.  We’ll also give you a peek into the member section of the new ASWM site, where you will be able to interact with other scholars all year round.

Bring your laptop and join us for this session with Alexis Martin at our 2014 conference!

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A Special Celebration with Jean Shinoda Bolen

30th Anniversary Reissue

30th Anniversary Reissue

This year is the 30th anniversary of the groundbreaking book, Goddesses in Everywoman:  Powerful Archetypes in Women’s Lives. The book introduced modern women to the importance of archetypes, examining Greek goddesses as personifications of deep patterns that have a powerful effect on shaping personality, behavior, and meaning.  How we understand goddess archetypes can have a profound effect on our ability to live meaningful lives and nurture a sense of sacredness.

About Goddesses in Everywoman, Gloria Steinem says,“The highest value of this book lies in the moments of recognition it provides:  that insightful second when we understand and internalize, when we recognize what we ourselves have experienced, feel trust because of that truth, and then are taken one step further.”

Jean Shinoda Bolen will lead a special conference session in celebration of Goddesses in Everywoman and its contribution to empowering women.  This session is your chance to sit in circles and to discuss the role of goddess archetypes in your life with Dr. Bolen, a pre-eminent scholar and psychologist.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet and talk with her about the borderlands between myth and women’s development.  Session on Friday March 28 at the ASWM Conference in San Antonio—there’s still time to register!

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Experiential Workshops at ASWM Conference

TrypillianCouncil_webWhy does an academic conference include workshops?  Because people learn using different modes, and because a good workshop should be based on sound scholarship.  ASWM supports the many methods of teaching and learning that reinforce knowledge and inspire creativity.

 This year you have excellent choices among workshops:

  • Frog Mysteries
  • Ceremony of the Dark Mother
  • The Mesoamerican Wheel of the Year
  • Shamanism, Indigenous Grandmothers and Art
  • Reclaiming Women’s Sexuality and Spirituality
  • 21 Dances of Tara

And don’t forget that you can still sign up for an enriching post-conference workshop on inter-species relationships and archetypes,  ““Horses as Living Mysteries.”

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Roundtables at 2014 ASWM Conference

BlMad_olczestCan you see yourself sitting around a table with scholars to discuss the rich traditions of Black Madonnas?   Or talking with Native American artists and researchers about special issues and needs in their work?  Or perhaps helping  others develop a US organization for Matriarchal Studies?

Join us for these three important Roundtables at our 2014 conference.  These discussions are less formal than panels, but more on target than our annual networking luncheons.   Time to interact, ask questions, or just listen to presenters brainstorm and share ideas.

Your ASWM organizers will be there too, listening for suggestions on how we can help to promote these important areas of study.  Come join us in San Antonio!

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Announcing Program for 2014 Conference

Borderlands:  Scholarship as Pilgrimage and Mystery

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The program for 2014 truly lives up to the promise to explore the borderlands and mysteries of mind and spirit.  Our conference this year follows tracks laid down in prior years, and also offers new topics and interest areas as we grow.  We continue to offer topics such as place wisdom, literature, folklore, and matriarchal studies.  Thanks to the talents of many presenters, we have added Native American scholarship, animal mysteries,  Black Madonnas, and gender myth to our 2014 SCHEDULE!

.(There’s still time to register–join us in San Antonio for scholarship, arts, and community.)

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Post-Conference Workshop: Exploring Horses as Living Myths

HorseWSHorses have been a part of human history and cultures all over the world for thousands of years. Most cultures have religious or mythological traditions/stories related to horses. Jungian or archetypal psychology asserts that because of our long relationship history horses can have deep symbolism for many people. Both the imaginal (symbolic) and the presence of physical horses create a powerful opportunity for insight and psychological growth.

We are pleased to announce a post-conference workshop being offered by psychologists Arieahn Matamonasa-Bennett and Joe Lancia.  Expanding on the idea of their Horse Mysteries panel, they have arranged an experiential workshop at an area stable.  In this workshop, you’ll work with the archetypes of Chiron, the Wounded Healer, and Epona, the feminine principle of movement between spirit and physical realms.

This workshop is about inter-species communication and relationships—not about riding horses! (You’ll keep your feet on the ground, and no previous experience is necessary.) The workshop fee of $65 includes transportation from and back to El Tropicano on the River Walk.  See  Horses as Myths ASWM 2014 for a complete workshop description, and ASWM Horse Workshop Registration here.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required!

To register and pay by check or credit card please contact Arieahn Matamonasa-Bennett at

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Laura Fragua-Cota Keynote: “Colors, Forms, Shifting Through Time and Place”


ASWM is delighted to announce that Laura Fragua-Cota will be a conference keynote speaker for Saturday, March 29th.

Laura Fragua-Cota is a noted Southwestern artist with many awards and exhibitions to her credit, among them, the Patrick Suazo-Hinds Award at Santa Fe Indian Market, a Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (New Mexico’s highest arts honor), and the 2013 Pueblo Of Isleta Award of Excellence:  Honoring the Talents of Pueblo Arts and Culture.  Her work has been exhibited in places as varied as the New Mexico State Fair and the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Art in Russia.

She speaks through many of the “languages of art” creating through words, movement, and both two- and three-dimensional pieces.  Her images of life in the Pueblo Indian villages are inspired by deep connection to her communities, her sense of place, and her knowledge of their ceremonial life which celebrates the cycles and seasons.

The image of corn is prevalent in her work because of its centrality both as symbol and as major crop in her village.  Cornmeal offerings as daily prayer in the home and the fields of corn that are planted in the surrounding countryside together feed body and soul.

As she says, Corn “has been and will always be one of the many ‘Mothers’ that care and nurture all her children.”

Growing up in the Jemez Pueblo in central New Mexico, Laura Fragua-Cota always wanted to be an artist but was initially discouraged because it was not deemed a practical aspiration.  She hold degrees both in Art and in Art Therapy.  She paints and sculpts using both limestone and alabaster, creating works both abstract and more traditional.

She says, “In my art, as in my heart, there is a marriage of the traditional and the contemporary.  As an artist, a woman, and a Native American, my eyes are focused inside on what I feel and outside on what I perceive to be the realities of today. Each day of my life I thank the Creator for it has been a blessing to be able to share my vision through various media.”

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“Borderlands” Keynote by Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen


Imagination, authenticity, creativity, spirituality, divinity, archetypes and symbols, dreams and synchronicities emerge from and take us into the borderlands of liminal experiences—limen is Latin for “threshold.” Borderlands connotate wilderness and transition zones. Borderlands can also be represented by the almond shaped mandorla formed by two overlapping circles in the vesica piscis. In this keynote, Jean Shinoda Bolen will serve as a guide to the borderlands—where creativity emerges. Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, Ring of Power and Goddesses in Everywoman came out of unexpected borderland experiences. To write from soul invites synchronistic help.  

Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD. Is a Jungian analyst, psychiatrist, feminist, internationally known author and speaker and principal advocate at the UN for the 5th World Conference on Women. She was a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of California San Francisco and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is the author of thirteen books (including Atalanta: the Indomitable Spirit of Artemis, fall 2014 pubdate) in 85 foreign translations and has contributed to 24 anthologies. Her most recent books,The Millionth Circle, Urgent Message from Mother, and Like a Tree bring activism and archetypes together.  To learn more about her work, see

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Keynote: Dr. Sylvia Marcos

SylviaMarcosWebASWM is pleased to announce that Sylvia Marcos will be a conference keynote speaker for Friday March 28th. Her presentation, entitled Duality and Divinity: Gender and Eros in Mesoamerican Spirituality” is highly anticipated.

Sylvia Marcos is a scholar committed to indigenous movements throughout the Americas. As a university professor and researcher she has proposed a new vision in the field of feminist critical epistemology, Mesoamerican religions, and women within indigenous movements, while promoting an antihegemonic-feminist practice, theory and hermeneutics. She is the author of Taken from the Lips: Gender and Eros in Mesoamerican Religions (Brill, 2006), and editor of Women and Indigenous Religions (Praeger, 2010), and Dialogue and  Difference: Feminisms Challenge Globalization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).

Dr. Marcos, who is the founder of the Anthropology and Gender Institute of Anthropological Research at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), is a research associate in Religion and Society with the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia (ENAH) and has received several awards and scholarships in Women’s Studies in Religion at Harvard University. She has been a visiting professor, scholar in residence, and guest professor at universities around the world, including Smith, Mount Holyoke, Amherst, Hampshire, and University of Massachusetts, University of California, Harvard University, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Claremont University, and University of California at Riverside, among others. She has been a guest lecturer at several universities in Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago and Cuba. In the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, United States, Japan, South Korea, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, Turkey, Egypt, Jamaica and Kurdistan.

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ASWM Gains Nonprofit Status!

We are delighted to announce that our organization is now a bona fide 501-C3 group, with federal nonprofit status. Thanks to ASWM’s Treasurer and other board members, we now have our certificate in hand. The change in status means that we are better positioned to raise funds to create events, services, and publications. Watch ASWM’s website for updates on projects as they emerge, and check out the “Donate” page under About ASWM if you want to help us move scholarship into the future!

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