Moving Between Worlds: Matricultures and Shamanism

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Call for Papers
February 1, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Cultural History / Studies, Indigenous Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Call for Papers

IUAES Congress 2022, 25 – 31 May 2022

online session


Session: Moving Between Worlds: Matricultures and Shamanism

Panel: Matricultures on the Move Through Space and Time

Deadline for Submission: 1 February 2022


Moving Between Worlds: Matricultures and Shamanism follows Nicole-Claude Mathieu’s injunction to explore the potential linkage between cultures fostering matrilinies, or their social equivalent, and shamanic practices. We want to discuss the processes at work in the intersection and interactions between matriculture and the cultural systems supporting ritual life, religion, and shamanism.

The experiences and expressions of women in every culture are the core of their matricultural cultural system, in the Geertzian sense of the term, including – since every society includes women among its people - women living in patriarchal societies. The vibrancy of any matriculture will be expressed through, among other things, the variety 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 submission which explore the experiences and/or expressions of women in shamanism.

Topics may include and are not limited to the following:

  • women shamans and ritualists

  • gendered-centered shamanic practices

  • the sacred feminine in human, animal, or mythical forms

  • cross-dressing shamans

  • female imagery in shamanism

  • change of gender to achieve animal-human or spirit-human relationships.

  • Exploration of the shamanic training process undergone by women, men, and otherwise-identified genders

  • the ritual convergence between shamanic rituals and puberty rituals or other rite-of-passage rituals

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

Contact Info: 

For the Network on Culture:

Linnéa Rowlatt

Research Coordinator

For the IUAES:

abstract submission: