What Can I Do as a Scholar?

Scholars worldwide and in numerous disciplines use and teach the partnership/domination social scale as foundational.

The partnership/domination scale is interdisciplinary. It cuts across academic siloes. Scholars from natural and social sciences as well as humanities utilize the psycho-social macro-historical analysis provided by Riane Eisler's research, and teach the interventions it shows are needed for a better society. In the sense that Kurt Lewin used the term, this multidisciplinary research is “action research” - it points to actions that can improve not only our knowledge but our lives and  future.

Examples of scholarship inspired by Riane Eisler’s work

  • The Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies is a peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal housed at the University of Minnesota. Scholars and practitioners come together to share knowledge and experience, to develop new fields of inquiry, and provide practical tools to better address our unprecedented personal, social, economic, and environmental challenges. Contribute an article to the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies.
  • Inspired by the work of Riane Eisler, Professor Antonella Riem and a group of researchers at the University of Udine (Italy) founded the Partnership Studies Group (PSG) in 1998. This active community of scholars has partners all over the world: initially, the group’s research focused on the literatures of Australia, India and Canada, applied linguistics and education, but it has expanded to include a range of intercultural studies, francophone literatures, and social and educational fields.
  • The Health Innovation and Leadership Speciality of the University of Minnesota’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program founded by Professor Teddie Potter uses partnership/domination theory as a key framework for its curriculum.
  • On publication of The Chalice and the Blade (Harper and Row, 1987), anthropologist Ashley Montagu called it “the most important book since Darwin’s Origin of Species.
  • Scholars at the Chinese Academy of Social Science in Beijing confirmed Eisler’s cultural transformation theory in their multidisciplinary study of Asian cultural development, reporting their findings in The Chalice and the Blade in Chinese Culture, published and distributed both in English and Chinese in 1995.
  • The noted Sumerian scholar Samuel Noah Kramer used Eisler’s theoretical framework for one of his last books, The Myths of Enki.
  • In 1995, a special section of Pluriverso, a journal for European intellectuals published by Rizzoli, was devoted to Eisler’s new theory, featuring her concept of gylany.
  • The archaeologist Marija Gimbutas used Eisler’s term gylany and Eisler’s cultural transformation theory to advance her own interpretation of prehistory in her final work, The Civilization of the Goddess.
  • The philosopher Mara Keller, the historian of myth Malcolm Godwin, and many others have used Eisler’s cultural transformation theory and partnership and dominator systems in their writings about prehistory.
  • Many university courses assign Riane Eisler’s books and use the partnership/domination framework. Professors from diverse disciplines, including philosophy, history, political science, business, management, economics, and education, have woven the framework into their curriculum in schools ranging from The University of Alabama to The IE Business School in Madrid.

Guidance for College and Graduate Students

As a student, you can use the work of Riane Eisler and support the partnership movement in addition to modeling partnership and moving through the world in partnership ways. Here are some specific examples:

  • Bring partnership ideas and language into class discussion—in all classes and in all formats. While it is important to do this respectfully (keeping the courses’ and professors’ learning objectives in mind, and being careful not to take the conversation too far “off point”), making connections between partnership and other theories and coursework will deepen your own understanding of partnership while sharing it with others!
  • Incorporate partnership ideas in written work for your courses as appropriate. (You may need to check with your teacher or professor about this first.) When partnership is shared with other class members and professors/facilitators, you might find the conversation shifting and deepening in new ways.
  • Share partnership ideas on blogs, Twitter, and Facebook.
  • Publish articles on partnership in magazines, social media sites, and peer-reviewed journals.
  • Consider focusing on partnership in your capstone, thesis or dissertation.
  • Foster a place for partnership in your school curriculum by contacting your department advisor/director and school administrators. Let them know how studying partnership in general and offering classes on partnership specifically are important to you. Share how partnership ideas have shaped your thinking, given you a more varied and improved skill set, and provided tools to apply in your current career/employment and life.
  • When asked what you are studying, share ideas about partnership. Instead of just naming your discipline or field, share a few examples of what you are learning that also include partnership.

(Thanks to Dr. Susan G. Carter for contributing these suggestions for students. Dr. Carter teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies and is a Consultant to CPS.)

Things to Do

Contribute an article to the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies.

IJPS Submission Guidelines


International Prize for Research and Study
Nominate a scholar to receive The Center for Partnership International Prize for Research, Study, and Dissemination of Partnership Studies.