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ABOUT ISM

Discover the International Society of Mythology: a global community dedicated to the exploration, study, and preservation of mythological traditions and scholarship.

What is ISM?

  • (ISM) aims to advance the interdisciplinary study of mythology. We strive to bridge the gap between ancient wisdom and modern interpretation, providing a forum for exploring mythological themes, narratives, symbols, and their influences on various fields such as literature, psychology, anthropology, archaeology, history, and the arts.

  • ISM unites professionals, students, and enthusiasts under a shared passion for mythology. We endeavor to shed light on the diverse tapestry of human storytelling, inspiring a greater appreciation for our shared cultural heritage and promoting the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom across borders and disciplines.

  • Why Now? Myths are stories people deem important enough to pass down. Mythology is storytelling. It is an interdisciplinary approach using the humanities from literature, religion, philosophy, psychology, history, the arts, and the human experience. It’s where story meets purpose. As mythologists, we carry these stories into the world and to the next generation.  

The International Society of Mythology is . . .

an organization that encourages the professional development of mythologists to sustain a living authentically while honoring one’s genius (daimon), and inspiring others to do the same through story. Our goals include:

  • Promote, foster, and encourage a robust understanding of mythology from various cultures around the world.

  • Facilitate dialogue, scholarly research, and the dissemination of knowledge pertaining to mythological studies.

  • Create a community where professionals, students, and enthusiasts can engage with each other in meaningful discussions, share research findings, and continually push the boundaries of our collective understanding of mythology and its impact on human civilization.

  • Network with colleagues to find pathways of incorporating mythology as a viable career option.

Founders

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Heather Taylor

Ph.D. Mythological Studies

Heather Taylor is a co-founder of ISM. She holds a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and an an award-winning filmmaker. Her documentary Breaking Through the Clouds: The First Women’s National Air Derby won several prestigious film festivals and continues to air on PBS stations across America. Heather is passionate about the power of storytelling to help guide us toward our soul’s purpose. Animals, both real and mythological, have guided Heather along her path. 

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Talia Harris

M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Talia Harris, a distinguished third-year myth student at Pacifica, seamlessly blends academia with passion as an Associate Professor of Computer Science in Vancouver, B.C. Beyond her scholarly pursuits, Talia harbors a zest for supercars, holistic wellness, spirituality, and fitness, creating a tapestry of interests that enrich her multifaceted life.

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Lydia Griffiths

M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Lydia Griffiths, co-founder of  ISM and a PhD Candidate in Mythological Studies from Pacifica, delves deep into the nexus of popular culture and ancient myth, with a keen focus on fandoms as vibrant manifestations of modern mythology. As a mythologist, writer, and storyteller, she perceives stories as the lifeblood connecting communities and shaping the intricate human narrative.

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Jason D. Batt

M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Jason D. Batt, a mythologist, writer, futurist, and PhD candidate focused on future mythologies of interstellar travel, co-founded Signal Hill Road Publishing, Deep Space Predictive Research Group, and Project Lodestar. He is the Creative and Editorial Director of 100 Year Starship, founder of the Canopus Awards, and is currently the associate editor of the Journal of Space Philosophy, with his latest contribution being “Evolving Light” in Routledge’s 2023 publication “Outer Space and Religion.”

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Selena Madden

Ph.D. Mythological Studies

Selena, a distinguished mythologist with a PhD in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute, merges archetypal education, somatic arts, and profound insights into the human psyche, guiding others on transformative journeys through myth, symbolism, and personal growth. Drawing upon her expertise in dance, martial arts, and depth psychology, she crafts immersive experiences that blend movement and archetypal exploration, inviting individuals to rediscover their inner selves and the luminous potential of their own mythic narratives.

OUR MISSION

The mission of the International Society of Mythology is to advance the interdisciplinary study of mythology in all its multifaceted forms. We strive to bridge the gap between ancient wisdom and modern interpretation, providing a forum for the exploration of mythological themes, narratives, symbols, and their influences on various fields such as literature, psychology, anthropology, history, and more.

ISM is dedicated to fostering a global community that appreciates the complexity of myths and their pervasive role in shaping societal norms, moral frameworks, and cultural identities. We achieve this through promoting scholarly research, encouraging cross-cultural dialogue, and organizing conferences, seminars, and workshops. We are committed to cultivating the next generation of mythologists by providing resources, mentorship, and opportunities for students who are passionate about the profound narratives that have been, and continue to be, pivotal in human expression and understanding.

By uniting professionals, students, and enthusiasts under a shared passion for mythology, ISM endeavours to shed light on the diverse tapestry of human storytelling, inspiring a greater appreciation for our shared cultural heritage and promoting the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom across borders and disciplines.

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