Heide Goettner Abendroth Heide Goettner-Abendroth

Adjunct Distinguished Professor
Women's Spirituality
Philosophy and Religion Department
School of Consciousness and Transformation

PhD, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat of Munich

"Despite all the hostility directed against Modern Matriarchal Studies, it is not possible to disregard its findings. It presents us with a well balanced, egalitarian and basically peaceful society. It can exist without life destroying inventions like wars of conquest and the rule of dominance. This is why I am convinced that matriarchy is needed in the struggle for a humane world." -Dr. Heide Goettner-Abendroth


Dr. Heide Goettner-Abendroth born in Thuringia, Germany, in 1941, is a mother and a grandmother. She earned her Ph.D. in philosophy and theory of science at the University of Munich where she taught philosophy for ten years (1973-1983).

She has published extensively on the theory of science, in addition to various books on matriarchal society and culture, and through her lifelong research on matriarchal societies has become a founder of Modern Matriarchal Studies.

In 1986, she founded the "International ACADEMY HAGIA for Matriarchal Studies and Matriarchal Spirituality" in Germany, and since then has been its director.

She has also been visiting professor at the University of Montreal in Canada, and the University of Innsbruck in Austria.

In 2003, she organized and guided the "1st World Congress on Matriarchal Studies" in Luxembourg; in 2005, the "2nd World Congress on Matriarchal Studies" in San Marcos, Texas; and in 2011, a major conference on Matriarchal Studies and Politics in Switzerland.

In 2005, she was elected by the international initiative "1000 Peace Women Across the Globe" as a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2012, she received the Saga award for her scholarship at the "Women and Mythology" conference in San Francisco.

Heide Goettner-Abendroth taught a course at CIIS for Women's Spirituality Department's Fall 2013 intensive course entitled- Societies in Balance: Re-thinking Matriarchy in Modern Matriarchal Studies.

Non-patriarchal societies are called "matriarchal" in the new field of modern Matriarchal Studies. A clear scientific definition of "matriarchy" has been missing until now. This has lead to the misunderstanding that matriarchy refers to "rule by women" and has conceived an longlasting, ideologically distorting prejudice towards it.

This situation has been changed by modern Matriarchal Studies, which have been developing during the last decades and were presented by many scholars and indigenous speakers at two recent World Congresses on Matriarchal Studies in Europe and the USA.

An outline of the deep structure of matriarchal societies (economical, social, political, cultural, including their way to use the arts) was explored which has been gained from cross-cultural research on still existing indigenous matriarchal societies all over the world. Matriarchies will be shown to be gender egalitarian and consensus based societies, creating actively peace and sustainablity by different most intelligent guide-lines.

The relevance of modern Matriarchal Studies for the vision of a new sustainable society will be explored in terms of its economical and socio-political issues.

For a complete list of Heide's publications, visit here.

"Matriarchal Societies. Studies on Indigenous Cultures across the Globe", New York 2012/2013, Peter Lang Publishing.
This book presents the results of Heide Goettner-Abendroth's pioneering research in the field of modern matriarchal studies, based on a new definition of „matriarchy" as true gender-egalitarian societies. Accordingly, matriarchal societies should not be regarded as mirror images of patriarchal ones, as they have never needed patriarchy's hierarchical structures of domination. On the contrary, matriarchal patterns are socially egalitarian, economically balanced, and politically based on consensus decisions. They have been created by women and are founded on maternal values. This new perspective on matriarchal societies is developed step by step by the analysis of extant indigenous cultures in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

 

Matriarchies are Mother Societies

 

 

Speaking at Matriarchal Studies Day:

 

 

 

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Susan Carter Susan Carter
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BA, Lewis and Clark College,
Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum
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Carol P. Christ Carol P. Christ
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Director,
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Lisa Christie Lisa Christie
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
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MBA, Santa Clara University; BA, Coleman College,
Cheryl Dawson Cheryl Dawson
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MA, New College of California; BA, California State University, Hayward,
Vivian Dzyak Vivian Dzyak
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BA, California State University, Hayward,
Riane Eisler Riane Eisler
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JD, University of California, Los Angeles,
May Elawar May Elawar
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MA, American University, Washington DC,
Heide Goettner-Abendroth Heide Goettner-Abendroth
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Susan Griffin
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Miri Hunter Haruach Miri Hunter Haruach
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MA, University of New Mexico; BFA, University of Tampa,
Mara Lynn Keller Mara Lynn Keller
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Anne Key Anne Key
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MA, BA, Stephen F. Austin State University,
Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman
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MA, Hebrew Union College; BA, University of California, Berkeley,
Mary Mackey Mary Mackey
Adjunct Professor, Women's Spirituality
Phd, University of Michigan,
BA, Harvard University,
Reanae McNeal Reanae McNeal
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
MA, Texas Woman’s University,
BA, Western Illinois University,
Mytrae Meliana Mytrae Meliana
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
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Arisika Razak Arisika Razak
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Sara Salazar Sara Salazar
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