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Conference: ASTROLOGY IN TIME AND PLACE

UNIVERSITY OF WALES TRINITY SAINT DAVID

SCHOOL OF ARCHAEOLOGY, HISTORY AND ANTHROPOLOGY

THE SOPHIA CENTRE

Tenth AnnualConference

 

ASTROLOGY IN TIME AND PLACE

Saturday 23-Sunday 24 June 2012

Bath Royal Literary and ScientificInstitute, 16-19 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN

http://www.historyofastrology.org.uk/conferences/TimeAndPlace/index.html

 

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

SATURDAY 24 JUNE

8.30     Registration and Refreshments

9.20     Welcome

9.30     Bernadette Brady (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)

Aristotle’s idea of ‘place’ within contemporary astrology.

10.00               Gustav-Adolf Schoener (Leibniz University ofHanover)

The Difference between Methods of Natural Sciences and Methods of Religious Studies on Modern Astrology.

10.30   Johann Hasler (Departamento deMúsica, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia)

The sounding zodiacs in Westernmusical theory: an overview of proposals for musical interpretation ofastrological data from Ptolemy to the late 20th century.

 

11.00   TEA AND COFFEE

 

11.30   Charles Burnett

(Professor of the History of Islamic Influences at the Warburg Institute of the University of London)

Johannes Borotin as student and teacher of the science of the stars in fifteenth-century Prague.

12.30   LUNCH (OWN ARRANGEMENTS)

2.00     David Pankenier (Department of Modern Languages & Literature,Lehigh University)

On Chinese Astrology’s Impermeability to Western Influences.

3.00     Kristina Buhrman (University of Southern California)

Ptolemy and Sima Qian in 11thCentury Japan:Combining Disparate Astrologies in Practice.

 

3.30     TEA AND COFFEE

 

4.00     Ulla Koch (Carsten NiebuhrInstitute, University of Copenhagen)

The Meaning of Time: Calendar Divination.

4.30     Michael Grofe (Maya Exploration Centre)

Eternity in an Hour: the astronomical symbolism of the Era as the Maya agricultural year.

5.00     Christel Mattheeuws (Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen)

The Journey of Calendars, Wind and Life in the Indian Ocean.

 

SUNDAY 25 JUNE

9.30     Micah Ross and DorianGieseler Greenbaum (Kyōto Sangyō University; University of WalesTrinity Saint David)

Various renderings of pinaxin Greek and Demotic in the Medînet Mâdi ostraca.

10.00   Helen R. Jacobus (University College London)

The Zodiac Calendar in the Dead Sea Scrolls (4Q318) in relation to Babylonian Horoscopes.

10.30    David W. Kim (University of Edinburgh)

A Sethian Iconography: The Astrology of Tchacos Judas.

 

11.00   TEA AND COFFEE

 

11.30   Micah Ross (Kyōto Sangyō University)

A Study in the Early Iconography of Gemini.

12.00   Matthew Kosuta (College of Religious Studies, Mahidol University, Thailand)

The relationship between Theravada Buddhism and astrology with an emphasis on the modern period and Thailand.

 

12.30   LUNCH

 

2.00     Mario Friscia (University of  LaSapienza, Rome)

Astrology and its ritual applications:Propitiation of the planet Saturn within the Sun temple at Suriyanar Koyil (Tamil Nadu, India). A case-study from contemporary Tamil Shaivism.

2.30     Audrius Benorius (Director of the Center of Oriental Studies,Vilnius University, Lithuania)

Transformations of theSocial and Religious Status  of the Indian Astrologer at the Royal Court.

3.00     Michael York (Former Professor of Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, Bath Spa University)

Religion versus Science: Science versus Religion:Whither Astrology: Whithersoever?

4.00     CLOSE

 

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Written by SOPHIA WELLBELOVED

May 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm

ASTROLOGY IN TIME AND PLACE: CROSS-CULTURAL QUESTIONS IN THE HISTORY OF ASTROLOGY

 

Venue: Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Bath, England

Date: 23-24 June 2012

 University of Wales Trinity Saint David

The Sophia Centre, School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

http://www.historyofastrology.org.uk/conferences/TimeAndPlace/

 

Conference Chairs: Nicholas Campion and Dorian Greenbaum

 

Contact: Nicholas Campion, n.campion@tsd.ac.uk

Call for Papers

We invite abstracts this academic conference which will consider the questions which arise from the transmission of ideas in the theory and practice of astrology. Such transmission may be between cultures or through time in the same culture. Issues may also be addressed of comparison between cultures.

Astrology is ‘the practice of relating the heavenly bodies to lives and events on earth, and the tradition that has thus been generated’ (Patrick Curry). It has been practised in some form in most cultures. In some it is rudimentary, in others complex. It may be considered magical, religious or scientific, or it may defy categorisation. There is evidence of the transmission of ideas in the near east between Egypt, Greece and Mesopotamia, and between the Near East, India and East Asia. In Mesoamerica and China technical forms arose which were entirely different to the Near Eastern tradition. Syncretism has been a major feature of astrology in India, Persia and Europe down to modern New Age culture and the globalisation of alternative spiritualities.

This conference will consider questions surrounding the exchange of astrological ideas or practice between cultures, issues arising from their transmission from one period to another, or consider comparisons between the astrologies of different cultures. Papers may focus on iconography, literature, theory, practice, philosophy or cultural context.

Our keynote speakers will be

Professor Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute), Professor of the History of Islamic Influences in Europe at The Warburg Institute. Professor Burnett received his PhD from Cambridge University, and has been a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, a Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, a Distinguished Visiting Professor in Medieval Studies in the University of California at Berkeley and Visiting Professor at the Ludwig Maximilian Universität, Munich (2009).

Professor David Pankenier, whose books include East Asian Archaeoastronomy: Historical Records of Astronomical Observations of China, Japan, and Korea, (with Xu, Zhenoao and Yaotiao Jiang, Amsterdam: Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, 2000) and Bringing Heaven Down to Earth: Celestial Foundations of Chinese Civilisation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Professor Francesca Rochberg, one of the foremost authorities on Mesopotamian astrology and its transmission to the Hellenistic world, and author of The Heavenly Writing: Divination, Horoscopy and Astronomy in Mesopotamian Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004) and In the Path of the Moon: Babylonian Celestial Divination and its Legacy (Leiden: Brill, 2010).

Professor Michael York, former Professor of Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at Bath Spa University, and author of The Emerging Network: A Sociology of the New Age and Neo-Pagan Movements (London: Rowan and Littlefield, 1995) and Pagan Theology: Paganism as a World Religion, New York: New York University Press, 2003).

Proposals are invited for papers of 30 minutes, to include discussion. All papers will be plenary sessions.

Abstracts should be around 150 words. Please include a brief biography of c.50-100 words.

Speakers will not have to register for the conference.

Selected proceedings will be published by the Sophia Centre Press.

Please submit abstracts and full contact information to Dr Nicholas Campion n.campion@tsd.ac.uk

Deadline 15 December 2011

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