Astrology in Time and Place: Cross-Cultural Questions in the History of Astrology
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> University of Wales Trinity Saint David
> The Sophia Centre, School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology
> Call for Papers
> Astrology in Time and Place: Cross-Cultural Questions in the History of
> Venue: Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Bath, England
> Date: 23-24 June 2012
> Conference Chairs: Nicholas Campion and Dorian Greenbaum
> Contact: Nicholas Campion, n.campion@...
> 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@...
> Deadline 15 December 2011