Matricultures of Eastern Europe and North Asia

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Call for Papers

IUAES Congress 2022, 25 – 31 May 2022

online session


Session: Matricultures of Eastern Europe and North Asia

Panel: Matricultures on the Move Through Space and Time

Deadline for Submission: 1 February 2022


Matricultures of Eastern Europe and North Asia focuses on accounts or traces of matricultural systems in historic or current Eastern European and North Asian societies, whether these be found in scholarly reports, arts media, or popular culture. We are particularly interested in transformation and changes in these cultural systems over time, whether before, during, or after the soviet period. Eastern European and North Asian women are rarely the focus of research, unless the topics are immigration for domestic labour or sex trafficking. This session seeks to explore and deepen awareness and understanding of the changing agencies of women and their points of view among societies geographically located in eastern Europe and North Asia.

The experiences and expressions of women in every culture are the core of their matriculture, including – since every society includes women among its people - women living in patriarchal societies. The vibrancy of any matriculture will be expressed, among other things, through the variety of or limited social roles available for women, the personal or sexual identities usually condoned, and the definitions of womanhood; men, too, necessarily participate in matriculture, since they participate in these experiences and expressions. Some cultures limit the experience and expression of women, while other have flourishing matricultures. We are looking for submissions which bring forward the experiences and/ or expressions of Eastern European and North Asian women.

Topics may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • recent changes in kinship systems among the Indigenous Ngasanan or Chukchee cultures

  • reconciling Polish women’s views on abortion in a Catholic society

  • historical evidence for matrilineal descent among Ashkenazi Jewry

  • ethnographies of the Mari people

  • post-communist genderqueer communities

  • analysis of film representations of Scythian Amazons, historically located north of the Black Sea

  • North Asian lesbian identities

  • men’s and women’s views on female asceticism

To submit a proposal: visit the IUAES Congress 2022 submissions webpage ( and complete the submission form. For the final question, when you are asked to ‘Please choose Panel’, select the panel entitled ‘Matricultures on the Move Through Space and Time’ from among the options. We will receive your submission and provide a decision by 1 March 2022.

Please note that although the panel was initially intended to follow a hybrid model (both in-person and virtual), current circumstances have led us to convene the panel only virtually.


About the Global Matricultures Research Network (MatNet)

The Global Matricultures Research Network (MatNet) is a project of the International Network for Training, Education, and Research in Culture (Network on Culture) and, specifically, is an international network for research based on Marie-Françoise Guédon’s concept of matriculture. That is, as a cultural system in the classical Geertzian sense within which the experiences and expressions of women are primary.

Similar to other cultural systems such as art, religion, or mathematics, employing the heuristic of matriculture allows for, among other things: cross-cultural comparisons; fresh insights into the social roles of women, men, children, and the entire community of humans, animals, and the environment; or renewed understandings of historically mis-labelled cultures. With Guédon’s work in mind, then, and based on Geertzian principles, the concept of matriculture is both a model of reality by rendering the structure of matricultures apprehensible and a model for reality, where psychological relationships are organized under its guidance. MatNet encourages and supports research which explores, evaluates, re-evaluates, and interprets global cultures from this perspective.

For more information about MatNet, visit our webpage at