Joan Marler is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute of Archaeomythology. She is the editor of The Civilization of the Goddess (1991) by Marija Gimbutas and From the Realm of the Ancestors: An Anthology in Honor of Marija Gimbutas (1997). She worked closely with Marija Gimbutas as her personal editor from 1987-1994 and lectures internationally on Prof. Gimbutas’ life and work. Joan Marler initiated courses in Archaeomythology at two graduate schools in San Francisco: New College of California and the California Institute of Integral Studies. She taught modern, folk and ethnic dance for 28 years through Santa Rosa Junior College in northern California. From 1982-1996 she worked as an independent producer and radio journalist for KPFA FM, Berkeley, California.
MA in Archaeomythology, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California.
Community College Credential, valid for life, State of California.
BA in Dance and the Liberal Arts, Mills College, Oakland, California.
Adjunct Professor of Archaeomythology, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, Calif.
Instructor, folk and ethnic dance, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Associate Professor, Depth Psychology Masters Program, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California.
Adjunct Faculty, Archaeomythology, New College of California, San Francisco, Calif.
Visiting Professor, Art History, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, Calif.
Visiting Professor, Masters in Counseling Program, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, Calif.
Who’s Who in America, 2004 to present.
Honorary Member of the World Rock Art Academy, Skopje, Macedonia
Founder of the Institute of Archaeomythology, 1998
Books and Journals Edited:
Editor: “Fierce Goddesses, Great Mothers, and Yoginis: the Archaeomythology of Devotion.” ReVision 25, no. 1.
Editor (with Bonnie Dehler): “Archaeomythology.” ReVision 23, no. 1
Editor (with editorial board): “The New Millennium.” ReVision 22, no. 3, 2000.
Editor (with Susan Moulton): “Cultures of the Goddess, Part II.” ReVision 21, no. 3.
Editor: The Civilization of the Goddess by Marija Gimbutas. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco
Editor (with Peggy Wright): “Cultures of the Goddess, Part I.” ReVision 20 no. 3.
Editor: From the Realm of the Ancestors: An Anthology in Honor of Marija Gimbutas. Manchester, Conn.: Knowledge, Ideas and Trends, Inc.
“The Iconography and Social Structure of Old Europe: The Archaeomythological Research of Marija Gimbutas.” Collected papers from “Societies in Balance: World Congress on Matriarchal Studies,” Luxemburg, September 5-7, 2003.
“The Beginnings of Patriarchy in Europe: Reflections on the Kurgan Theory of Marija Gimbutas.” In The Rule of Mars: The History and Impact of Patriarchy. Edited by Cristina Biaggi. Manchester, Conn.: Knowledge, Ideas, and Trends, Inc.
“The Myth of Universal Patriarchy: A Critical Response to Cynthia Eller’s Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory.” Feminist Theology 14, 2 (January 2006):163-187.
“The Myth of Universal Patriarchy: A Critical Response to Cynthia Eller’s Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory.” Prehistoric Archaeology and Anthropological Theory and Education. Edited by L. Nikolova, J. Fritz, and J. Higgins. Salt Lake City and Karlovo: International Institute of Anthropology.
“Marija Gimbutas.” In Notable American Women. A Biographical Dictionary. Completing the Twentieth Century. Edited by S. Ware and S. Braukman. Boston: Harvard University.
“The Body of Woman as Sacred Metaphor.” In Il Mito e il Culto della Grande Dea: Transiti, Metamorfosi, Permanenze, 9-24. Papers from the Myth and Cult of the Great Goddess conference, Bologna, Italy, 24-25 November, 2000. Bologna: Associazione Armonie.
“Der Mythos vom ewigen Patriarchat Eine kritische Antwort auf Cynthia Ellers: ‘Der Mythos von der matriarchalen Frühgeschichte.’” In Die Diskriminierung der Matriarchatsforschung. Eine moderne Hexenjagd, 109-129. Bern, Switzerland: Edition Amalia.
“An Archaeomythological Investigation of the Gorgon.” In Treasures: Studies in Honor of Ivan Marazov, 59-75. Sofia: New Bulgarian University.
“An Archaeomythological Investigation of the Gorgon.” ReVision 25, no. 1:15-23.
“L’eredità di Marija Gimbutas: una ricerca arrcheomitologica sulle radici della civiltà europea.” In Le radici prime dell’Europa: Gli intrecci genetici, linguistici, storici. Edited by Gianluca Bocchi and Mauro Ceruti, 89-115. Milano: Bruno Mondadori.
“Marijos Gimbutiene: archeomitologinis Europos civilizacijos.” Liaudies Kultura, 7-17. Vilnius, Lithuania.
“Millennial Meanings: An Introduction”; “Generosity, Compassion, and Insight: An Interview with Members of the Segyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism” (with Susan Moulton); and “Fin de Siècle: An Interview with Sorrel Smith.” ReVision 22, no. 3, 2000.
“A Response to Brian Hayden’s Article: ‘An Archaeological Evaluation of the Gimbutas Paradigm.’” The Pomegranate 10 (Autumn 1999):37-47.
“Marija Gimbutas: Tribute to a Lithuanian Legend.” In Women in Transition: Voices from Lithuania. Edited by Suzanne La Font. New York: State University of New York Press.
“The Circle is Unbroken” and introductions throughout. In From the Realm of the Ancestors: An Anthology In Honor of Marija Gimbutas. J. Marler, ed. Manchester, Conn.: Knowledge, Ideas, and Trends, Inc.
“A Vision for the World: The Life and Work of Marija Gimbutas.” Comparative Civilizations Review 33: 1-20 (Fall 1995).
“Lifework of Marija Gimbutas: A Vision for the World.” ReVision 17, no. 3: 41-48 (Winter 1995).
“Prayer.” Poem published in: Writing for Our Lives, Creative Expressions in Writing by Women 2, no. 1, 1993.
“The Power of Partnership.” Interview with Riane Eisler. Yoga Journal (January/ February 1990).
“Archaeomythology.” Article and interview with Marija Gimbutas. Woman of Power (Fall/Winter 1990).
Presentations at Conferences / Symposia
“Old Europe Through a Matriarchal Lens.” 2nd World Congress on Matriarchal Studies, September 29-October 2, 2005. Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
“Old European Imagery as Visual Metaphor.” International lecture series, June 8-10, 2004, New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Organizer/Moderator: “Female Mysteries of the Substratum.” International symposium, Rila Monastery, Bulgaria, June 7-12, 2004.
Organizer/Moderator: “Signs of Civilization: International Symposium on the Neolithic Symbol System of Southeast Europe.” Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Novi Sad, May 25-29, 2004.
“The Iconography and Social Structure of Old Europe: The Archaeomythological Research of Marija Gimbutas.” Societies in Balance: World Congress on Matriarchal Studies, Luxemburg, September 5-7, 2003.
“Patterns of Interpretation: An Archaeomythological View of the Maltese Temple Culture.” Exploring Malta’s Prehistoric Temple Culture, 25-27, September 2003, Valletta, Malta.
Organizer/Moderator: “ International Symposium on the Interdisciplinary Significance of the Black Sea Flood, c. 6700 BC,” Liguria Study Center, Bogliasco, Italy.
“The Gorgon Medusa: An Archaeomythological Investigation.” Seventh Gender and Archaeology Conference, Sonoma State University, 4-5 October, 2002.
Keynote address: “The Body of Woman as Sacred Metaphor.” Il mito e il culto della Grande Dea: Transiti, metamorfosi, permanenze. Bologna, Italy.
“The Legacy of Marija Gimbutas: An Archaeomythological Investigation of the Roots of European Civilization.” Le radici prime dell’Europa: Stratificazioni, processi, diffusivi, scontri et incontri di culture. Milan, Italy.
Keynote address: “From the Realm of the Ancestors: Language of the Goddess” conference. California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco.
“The Symbolism of Old Anatolia and Old Europe.” International Symposium on Women in Prehistory. Anakultur, Istanbul, Turkey.
Organizer/moderator: “Deepening the Disciplines: First International Conference on Archaeomythology.” Institute of Archaeomythology, Madouri, Greece.
“The Art of Old Europe.” White Mountain Art Academy, Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada, 1998.
“Remembering a Great Woman of Science.” X-sis Mokslo ir Kurybos Simpoziumas (Tenth Symposium on Art and Culture), Lithuanian Research and Studies Center, Chicago, IL.
Keynote address: Archetypal Goddess conference. Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA.
Keynote address: “The Goddess: A Sacred Tradition from the Dawn of Time.” American History Museum, Smithsonian Associates, Washington D.C.
“A Vision for the World: The Life and Work of Marija Gimbutas.” The Indo-Europeanization of Northern Europe, International Conference, Vilnius, Lithuania.
“Archaeomythology: Old Europe and the Irish Mystics.” International Transpersonal Association Conference, Killarney, Ireland.
“The Life and Work of Marija Gimbutas.” The Civilization of the Goddess conference sponsored by Bryggens Museum and the Archaeology Dept., Bergen University, Bergen, Norway, 1995.
“Gorgo – Tanz und die Kraft der Erneuerung” – Evangelische Erwachsenenbildung Freiburg, Germany.
“Anatolia and Old Europe: A Cultural Continuity,” and “Gorgo – Tanz, Trance und die Krafte der Erneuerung.” Melanchthon Akademie, Cologne, Germany.
“Crisis of Gender: A Shift of Vision.” Gender Studies Center, Prague, Czech Republic.
“The Life and Work of Marija Gimbutas.” Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA.
“Archaeomythology: Old Europe and the Irish Mystics.” International Transpersonal Association Conference, Killarney, Ireland, 1993.
“The Art of Old Europe, a Cultural Overview” and “Europa, Indo-Europa: Stages of Indo-Europeanization,” VIIe Symposium International des Etudes Thraces, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
“The Symbolism of Old Europe.” The Language of the Goddess, Women, Men and Myth symposium (with Jamake Highwater and Riane Eisler). University of California, Los Angeles.
“The Goddess and the Animal Powers.” The Roaring Inside Her, Animal Powers and the Feminine symposium, Jung Institute, San Francisco, CA.
Conferences inspired by 1997 anthology: From the Realm of the Ancestors:
“Le radici prime dell’Europa: Stratificazioni, processi, diffusivi, scontri et incontri di culture.” Milan, Italy, October 27-28, 1999.
“From the Realm of the Ancestors: Language of the Goddess conference.” California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, 1998.
“Archetypal Goddess conference.” Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA, October, 1997.
“The Goddess: A Sacred Tradition from the Dawn of Time.” American History Museum, Smithsonian Associates, Washington D.C., June 6-7, 1997.
Independent producer for KPFA FM, Berkeley, CA (Pacifica Network), 1982-1996.
Production of hundreds of programs in the humanities, including: a six-part series on the Fourth World Conference on Women, 1996; and documentary, “The Gothic Movement,” nationally syndicated through New Dimensions Radio.
Weekly host of “Voices of Vision,” KPFA, 1995-1996.
Weekly host of “Brainstorm,” an hour-long interview program on KPFA, 1990-1994
Poetry Editor, KPFA, 1987-1988.