JOURNAL LAUNCH: Matrix: A Journal for Matricultural Studies

Linnéa Rowlatt Discussion

The International Network for Training, Education, and Research on Culture (Network on Culture) is pleased to announce the launch of Matrix: A Journal for Matricultural Studies (Matrix).

Matrix is an open-access, peer-reviewed and refereed scholarly journal published online twice yearly (May and November). Volume 1, Issue I (May 2020) is now available and can be found at our website:

Matrix provides an interdisciplinary forum for those working from the theoretical stance of matriculture. Matriculture is an abstract concept referring to mostly universal but variegated aspects of culture, like ‘art’, ‘religion’, or 'common sense'. Using the classical Geertzian sense of the term, Guédon’s recent discovery of matricultural cultural systems opens the way to understanding interlocking systems of meaning and ways of thinking which may support a wide variety of social behaviours that pertain to women, motherhood, genders and personhood, or other similar features. These include, for instance, matrilineal kinship systems, matrilocal families, matrifocal societies, or matriarchates. Matriculture may be very strong; it is often weak, but it may be developed to encompass a large portion of the cultural context. Matrix undertakes to employ the heuristic of matriculture, which allows for, among other things: cross-cultural comparisons; fresh insights into the social roles of women, men, otherwise identified, children, and the entire community of humans, animals, and the environment; and/or renewed understandings of historically mis-labelled cultures.

Oversight of the journal is provided by the Scientific Advisory Circle, globally recognized experts in scholarship on women and publishing: Peggy Reeves Sanday (Professor Emerita, Pennsylvania); Heide Göttner-Abendroth (Director, International Academy Hagia); Kaarina Kailo (Oulu); and Marc Fonda (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada). Regular leadership of the journal is under the Editorial Collective, scholars with expertise in anthropology, history, and native studies: Marie-Françoise Guédon (Ottawa), Angela Sumegi (Carleton), Linnéa Rowlatt (Network on Culture), Christine Mathieu (independent), Judith Ramos (Alaska), Margaret Kress (New Brunswick).

We encourage submissions from scholars around the world who are ready to take a new look at the ways in which people - historically and currently - have organized meaningful relationships amongst themselves and with the natural environment, the myths, customs, and laws which support these relationships, and the ways in which researchers have documented and perhaps mis-labeled the matricultures they have encountered.

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