2011 Midwest Symposium

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Goddesses.  Women.  Cloth: Mary Kelly To Give Keynote Address at ASWM Midwest Symposium

ASWM is excited to present its 2011 Midwest Symposium Thursday, May 19, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. The keynote speaker at this event is Mary B. Kelly, textile expert and artist, who will present a 7:30 p.m. lecture entitled Goddess. Women. Cloth: Inspired Ritual Textiles from Around the World. This evening lecture will feature slides and hands-on experience with the textiles.

Within folk cultures across the world, women make textiles, inspired by goddesses, and use them in rituals to honor their deities, contact spirits or protect their families and communities.

In some areas these traditions continue today. This presentation features an overview of the textiles in the context of history, rituals and religious beliefs. Kelly explores cultures worldwide: Siberia, China and the Far East, India, Central and South East Asia, Eastern, Northern and Central Europe, Greece and the Balkans, Africa and the Americas, sharing her extensive knowledge and research on local textile traditions.

Symposium Topics & Features

The day-long symposium will also include panels on the importance of fabric arts (“Women/Ritual/Cloth”), Healing and the Arts, Divine Images from Myth to Mirror, Goddesses in World Culture, Performance Arts and Spirituality, and Research Methods in Goddess Studies.  The symposium includes a luncheon dedicated to networking and resource sharing.

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE –see what the day will bring.

Embodied Goddesses of the Americas:  See Lydia Ruyle’s video presentation.


Click here to register. (Discount for registrations before April 15.)

Hotel Rooms

The symposium will be held at the Madison Sheraton Hotel. A block of sleeping rooms is available for the special rate of $119 (with upgrade to Club Level for an additional $30), until April 27. Click here for hotel room reservations.

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  4. We would like to let interested participants know about a VIP escorted trip to Malta and Gozo – from a woman’s perspective: 14-23 October 2011. Do you have a space for a mention anywhere, or a published program?

    Come explore the Mediterranean’s best kept secret: English-speaking islands that offer more history than any other rock in the sea. Not so much about wars and battles, swords and guns, this program aims to take a gentler look, particularly when it comes to Malta’s Temple Culture heritage and their pre-Biblical, pre-Minoan, pre-Pyramid art forms. Fertility Goddesses and Earth Mothers!
    Special one-time VIP escorted program promises:
    Scheduled discussions: share your views and impressions with other participants
    Personal interaction with local women in their markets and kitchens
    Mythical landscapes and legendary hospitality. Your hostess is Linda C. Eneix, America’s foremost expert on Malta’s prehistoric monuments.

    • gscholars says:

      Hi Linda,
      I know firsthand the wonders of your tours to Malta and Gozo, having watched the Equinox sunrise awaken the temple at Mneidra. We can add your comment to the post–we can do more to feature events organized by ASWM and by our members on the public and member sites. Come join us in ASWM and let’s talk about how we can work with OTS Foundation to promote education about women and myth. Happy travels, Sid Reger

      • SID! I will always remember holding up the ceiling in Hassan’s Cave with you. How I wish I could join you at ASWM . . .
        Hugs and Hail to all the Malta Goddess Women! ~ Linda

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